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RuPaul's Drag Race producers discuss Sherry Pie axe

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The executive producers of RuPaul's Drag Race speak about the decision to axe Sherry Pie from the show.

The team behind RuPaul's Drag Race have discussed Sherry Pie's removal from this season's finale for the first time.

Sherry - real name Joey Gugliemelli - was disqualified from the competition just days after the new season premiered when it was alleged that Gugliemelli had a history of catfishing young men.

A report published on the Buzzfeed website claimed that in 2015, Gugliemelli solicited multiple men into stripping on camera - with one claiming that he had been told to masturbate - under the guise of being a casting producer for a new movie.

Gugliemelli issued an apology for his actions but was disqualified from Drag Race, despite having made the top four, forcing producers to scramble to re-edit episodes to minimise Sherry Pie's screen time.

"We were devastated when we first found out," exec producer Randy Barbato told Variety. "But we also knew that we had this amazing cast, we had this amazing season, and we knew that this season and the cast were bigger and more powerful than a scandalous headline.

"It was a gut punch - I mean, we were [already] delivering episodes of the show. There was no road map. There were long conversations with the network and [production company] World of Wonder, and yeah, there were no reference points for us."

Fellow ep Tom Campbell added: "It was case-by-case and just trying to make sure that we were honouring the queens and telling the story so it made sense for the audience - that was our only goal. We live in a crazy, black and white, very threatening world of social media, and I think we wanted to protect all parties - the victims and the queens and everyone."

The final episode of the season aired last night without a single mention of Sherry Pie. body check tags ::

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2Manchester CityMan City35233991345772
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8Tottenham HotspurSpurs351410115445952
9Arsenal35121495144750
10Burnley35148133947-850
11Everton35129144152-1145
12Southampton34135164356-1344
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14Crystal Palace35119153045-1542
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton35812153652-1636
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham3597194459-1534
17Watford35810173354-2134
18Bournemouth3587203660-2431
19Aston Villa3586213865-2730
20Norwich CityNorwich3556242667-4121
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