Late-night US television host Jimmy Fallon has explained why he thought he was going to be canceled after a clip from an interview with drag queen RuPaul went viral.
RuPaul is one of the most notable drag queens in the world, thanks largely due to the huge success of his show RuPaul Drag Race, and had appeared on The Tonight Show to promote the new season of the show.
In the viral clip, Jimmy had called RuPaul a drag queen, and was immediately cut off by the star saying “drag queen?!” Jimmy looked terrified, thinking he had got something wrong, before RuPaul clarified that he is “the queen of drag.”
LMFAOOOOOOO Jimmy Fallon thought he was about to get CANCELED???? I’m SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/TGHccn1B1u
— Tyonne?? (@issa6foot3) February 7, 2020
Jimmy’s face was priceless, and the internet immediately started joking about how clearly he had thought he had messed up, with the clip amassing over 7 million views throughout the weekend after it happened.
Though Fallon sees the funny side now, he reiterates how terrified he was during the conversation, saying that he “honestly thought it was over.”
“That’s it, I’m canceled,” he said. “I started my own hashtag, #JimmyFallonIsOverParty. I was like ‘I had a good run, I had 10 years in the business.’ But it was so funny.”
Jimmy went on to repeat RuPaul’s appalled “drag queen” exclamation with a brilliant impersonation, before extending his thanks to the Queen of Drag and calling it a “very funny moment.”
Jimmy wouldn’t be the first person to have a hashtag to celebrate canceling them – earlier in January 2020, #DuaLipaisOverParty was trending on Twitter because of her appearance at a Los Angeles strip club.
This might be one of the greatest pranks we’ve seen pulled on national television, and Fallon will no doubt think twice before he dares call RuPaul a drag queen again.