“Tell everybody at the Gold Derby I said ‘Heeey!'” RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) declared backstage in the Emmys press room after winning Best Reality Host at the 2018 Creative Arts ceremony. (See complete list of winners.) He continued, “Y’all are doing a great job over at the Gold Derby. Where is the Gold Derby? It sounds like a great place to have lunch!” Watch RuPaul’s hilarious press room interview above.
After winning back-to-back Best Reality Host Emmys for hosting VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2016 and 2017, RuPaul sashayed away with trophy #3 on Sunday, September 9. That puts him just one away from the all-time record holder Jeff Probst, who won four Emmys for hosting “Survivor” (2008-11). “This is my third Emmy Award — consecutive,” RuPaul proudly announced to the press. “She’s snatching trophies!”
RuPaul also thanked us for honoring him and the show with two Gold Derby TV Awards: Best Reality Host and Best Reality-Competition Program. “Yes, I did indeed win an award from the Gold Derby people!” he said. Our prizes are decided annually by hundreds of Gold Derby users who arguably know more about the television landscape than a lot of TV academy members.
This year’s Best Reality Host category at the Emmys consisted of RuPaul, W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America”), Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”), Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) and Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night.”) RuPaul is now a three-time champ (2016-18), while Lynch won twice (2014-15) and Klum/Gunn prevailed once (2013).
Besides Best Reality Host, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” also took home trophies at the Creative Arts Emmys for Best Costumes, Best Hairstyling and Best Directing. At next Monday’s live Primetime ceremony the series faces off against “The Amazing Race,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef” and “The Voice” for Best Reality-Competition Program. Can it win its first-ever trophy in this all-important category?