RuPaul’s Drag Race UK renewed for fourth season after cruel April Fool’s prank

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RuPaul's Drag Race UK has been renewed for a fourth season after an April Fool's Day prank led fans to believe the next series would be the last.

The BBC Three show has taken the nation — and the world — by the storm since hitting screens in 2019, with the most recent series hitting highs of 12 million viewers.

But despite its success, fans fell victim to a cruelly official-looking statement earlier this week, which claimed the upcoming third series would be the last.

However, a source close to the show has exclusively told OK! online that fans need not worry, as the show has been extended for at least another three series.

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The insider said: "The April Fool's prank caused some frustration as it seemed believable and spread like wildfire across social media, with promoters of Drag Race live events in the UK even reposting it.

"The official season two tour for the show sold out in record time, proving how the British version of the franchise is only soaring in popularity.

"Drag Race UK is making real stars out of the Queens, with Baga Chipz from season one becoming a household name after going on to star on a number of other reality shows."

They continued: "The show is definitely returning for a fourth season in 2022 and there are whispers behind the scenes that it could be renewed up until season six.

"Bosses are also keen on bringing the All Stars format to the UK too, after seeing the success it has had in the US."

The fake statement, circulated by a fan account of the show on social media, read: "It's been confirmed that the third series of Drag Race UK will be the last.

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"BBC execs made the decision last week after long discussions with the show's producers.

"Mama Ru's reign over the UK has been short and sweet, but we have some insanely talented Queens that have joined the Drag Race family."

The show has so far crowned two winners, The Vivienne and Lawrence Chaney, with a number of other stars finding success after leaving the Werk Room.

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Series one runner-up Divina De Campo is to star in a nationwide tour of Chicago next year, with third place Baga Chipz appearing on celebrity versions of MasterChef and The Circle since leaving the show. Alongside Blu Hydrangea, the trio released an album as the group Frock Destroyers last year.

Just days after the second season came to an end last month, Bimini Bon Boulash revealed they had written a book on life as a non-binary drag queen, whilst Tayce has become the face of Coca-Cola.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK is expected to return to BBC Three for a third season this October.

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