It finally happened, Rudy Giuliani has been revealed on The Masked Singer US season 7. After an early leak, Giuliani was revealed to be a contestant on this latest season of The Masked Singer, but through the first six episodes he had not yet appeared. Well the wait is over.
In the seventh episode of the season, which introduced the final batch of five costumed contestants, Giuliani was revealed to be Jack in the Box.
Deadline reported Giuliani’s reveal caused panelists Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke to walk off the stage in protest. In the actual broadcast Jeong is visibly upset by the reveal but does not leave the stage until Giuliani is about to do his farewell performance, saying "I'm done." (We previously misstated that Jeong's walkout was cut from the broadcast)
Host Nick Cannon did address that there was a lot of controversy surrounding Giuliani, most notably for his role in pushing 2020 election fraud claims that have not been proven (his infamous press conference at the Four Seasons landscaping company was one of his clues, with winter, spring, summer and fall appearing on a poster board). When asked why he would want to take part in The Masked Singer, Giuliani said:
"I guess the main reason is I just had a granddaughter, Grace, and I want her to know that you should try everything, even things that are completely unlike you and unlikely. And I couldn't think of anything more unlike me and unlikely than this. And I enjoy the show, I have for years, and it just seems like it would be fun. I don't get to have a lot of fun."
The reason Giuliani's reveal has been so anticipated was that it was said it occurred during the taping of "the first season 7 episode." Of course, the reason the Giuliani news broke was because the show pre-tapes episodes, which allows Fox to then air them in any order they want. So even if the episode with Giuliani was meant to be the first episode of this season, switching episodes around wasn't a tough task for the network.
Giuliani now joins fellow unmasked competitors celebrity chef Duff Goldman (McTerrier), broadcaster Joe Buck (Ram), Philadelphia Eagles player Jordan Mailata (Thingamabob), Lost actor Jorge Garcia (Cyclops), model Christie Brinkley (Lemur), magicians Penn & Teller (Hydra), reality star Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman (Armadillo) and singer Jennifer Holliday (Miss Teddy).
The other four contestants introduced on the April 20 episode — The Prince, Space Bunny, Baby Mammoth and Queen Cobra — will compete again next week. Two contestants — Firefly, Ringmaster — have already advanced to the finals.
The fact that we knew so little about Jack in the Box outside of what his costume looks like and that he is part of Team Bad (take that as you will) building up to this episode airing always made it seem like he was the most likely candidate to be Rudy Giuliani.
Now that the Giuliani question has been answered, The Masked Singer US season 7 can continue, with new episodes airing Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox.
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.