The much-awaited episode of “The Masked Singer,” in which judge Ken Jeong storms off in protest after former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani reveals himself, has finally aired.
The episode aired on Wednesday and showed Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, making it to the show’s final round with four other masked contestants. The 77-year-old politician, who donned the Jack in the Box costume, was joined by Space Bunny, the Prince, Baby Mammoth and Queen Cobra. Giuliani performed George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ song “Bad to the Bone,” which impressed judge Robin Thicke. “You can’t get any badder than that,” the American singer said. “That’s the baddest.”
After a masked Giuliani was eliminated, tension filled the air as the four judges – Thicke, Jeong, Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger – started guessing who the Jack in the Box was. Some judges guessed Joe Pesci or Robert Duvall, while Jeong insisted it was SpaceX founder Elon Musk. But no one guessed that Giuliani, who was subpoenaed on Jan. 18 by the House Select Committee for his connection to the Capitol Hill riot, was behind the mask.
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“The Masked Singer” Season 7 host Nick Cannon helped the Jack in the Box take off his mask. Scherzinger misidentified Giuliani from afar, thinking he was Robert Duvall. Jeong, who was audibly displeased by the reveal, corrected his co-judge.
Speaking to Cannon, Giuliani explained that his granddaughter, Grace, motivated him to be on the show. He wanted to show her that she should follow his lead and also “try everything.”
“Even things that are completely unlike you and unlikely,” Giuliani said. “I couldn’t think of anything more unlike me and unlikely than this. And I enjoy the show. I have for years. And it just seemed like it would be fun, and I don’t get to have a lot of fun.”
After the unmasking, McCarthy and Scherzinger had a friendly conversation with the former New York City mayor. Jeong, on the other hand, did the opposite. “I’m done,” he told everyone before walking offstage. Giuliani’s participation in “The Masked Singer” was already revealed in February when reports said Jeong had staged a walkout in protest. Past reports also claimed that Thicke protested with the “Community” actor, but the latest episode did not show Thicke’s walkout.