“Don’t you mean, ‘Condragulations’?” RuPaul Charles tells journalists backstage in the Creative Arts Emmy Awards press room after being congratulated for his victory as Best Reality Host for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (watch above). “You know, it’s funny, I can’t not say it anymore. Even like at a wedding or something, I go, ‘Oh my God, did I just say condragulations?’ I think it’s applicable to any situation.”
RuPaul surprised Emmy pundits by winning on his first nomination, taking down two-time defending champ Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”), as well as past winners Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) and Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), plus returning nominee Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”) and another first-timer, Steve Harvey (“Little Big Shots”). Click here for the complete list of Creative Arts Emmy winners.
“I love the fact that our show is watched by groups of people,” RuPaul remarks backstage about his long-running Logo TV program. “It’s event viewing. In an era when the nightclub business, especially gay nightclubs, have suffered because of apps and people don’t have to go to a bar to meet someone, our show has been used as a tool to unite people and get them to watch together. And that’s really what this show is about. This is about the tenacity of the human spirit.”
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