Drag queen Brooke Lynn Hytes and model Stacey McKenzie will be back on the judging panel
There will be no Ru-demption arc for Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman on season 2 of Canada’s Drag Race.
The Edmonton-born actor is not returning to the judging panel on the Canadian edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race alongside drag queen Brooke Lynn Hytes and model Stacey McKenzie.
Hytes said Bowyer-Chapman was unable to come back due to a scheduling conflict.
“Unfortunately, our third will not be joining us this season and we’re going to miss him so much,” Hytes said in a video posted the show’s social media channels. “He’s filming his new show. He’s busy and he is booked and he’s getting paid. And unfortunately with the scheduling, things just didn’t work out for him to come back this season. But he is going to be so missed.”
The 10-episode first season of Canada’s Drag Race became the most-watched series in Bell Media-owned streaming platform Crave’s history. (We also put it on our top 10 list of the best TV shows of 2020.)
However, the judges also faced withering critiques from fans who felt they were too harsh with the contestants. Bowyer-Chapman bore the brunt of the backlash and deactivated his Twitter account while the series was still airing.
The situation prompted Crave to issue a statement that said, “fans have let their passion cross the boundary into harassment.”
The producers of Canada’s Drag Race announced a season 2 casting call in early January, but did not confirm at that time whether the season 1 judging trio would come back.
A week later, Variety reported that Bowyer-Chapman, who has also appeared in UnReal and American Horror Story, had landed a role in Disney Plus’ Doogie Howser reboot, Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.
Trevor Boris of Big Brother Canada has joined Canada’s Drag Race as a showrunner for season 2. Crave has yet to announce an air date.