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Fenton Bailey reflects on RuPaul hosting SNL: “I cannot actually think of it without crying. Happy tears”

World of Wonder has been instrumental in building the career of RuPaul, first as his managers, and eventually producing the majority of the franchises live shows, podcasts, television specials, and conventions.

Co-founder Fenton Bailey took to Facebook yesterday to reflect on RuPaul hosting Saturday Night Live. I was so loved by his essay that I am posting it here in its entirety:

Sitting on the plane flying back to LA after a last minute dash to NY to see Ru host Saturday Night Live…
Watching Ru deliver his monologue last night brought me back to before Drag Race, back before his star on Hollywood Boulevard, before the cover of Vanity Fair, before the Emmys, before Supermodel, before Starbooty, and even before World Of Wonder.
Sometimes people ask what was Ru like back then?
The truth is that Ru has always been… the same.
Meeting Ru for the first time was one of those rare, magical moments when you get something with absolute clarity. A shock of recognition. He knew exactly who he was and why he is here. He was always a star and it was just a question of the rest of the world catching up. Of course there’s no guarantee that things will work out the way we want, and there’s bound to be disappointments along the way. But on the other hand sometimes things happen that soar way beyond your wildest dreams. Like Ru.
It’s hard to put into words the impact Ru has had on me personally. As Roger Ebert wrote “To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world.” For almost my entire adult life Ru has brought me so much joy. The light, the love and the laughter he brings have been an inspiration through some of the darkest times. Thanks to him I have found everything I was looking for when I moved to America years ago. And more; it takes a village, people, and the people he brought along for the ride have become an amazing family of co-workers, friends and loved ones.
It is a family I cannot imagine my life without.
As he said last night at the end of his monologue:
“If you follow your heart, dare to be different and use all the crayons in the coloring box, who knows where you’ll end up. You just might find yourself hosting ‘Saturday Night Live”.
And to actually be there, and to see him say that last night on the set of Saturday Night Live, live on national television across the country, was simply the best. The mothertucking best.
I cannot actually think of it without crying. Happy tears, because I am so happy for him, and so very grateful too. Thank-you Ru.

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