RuPaul's Drag Race Season 15 Is Returning to 90-Minute Episodes Following Fan Uproar

After shortening the runtime, MTV is officially bringing back RuPaul's Drag Race's original 90-minute episodes for season 15. Find out when you can expect the change.

By JD Knapp Feb 09, 2023 9:02 PMTags
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If you're not watching Untucked, you're only getting ⅕ of the story.

That's because following the RuPaul's Drag Race season 15 premiere, its new network MTV decided to shorten the episode length from its typical 90-min. runtime to 60 minutes. However, that is all about to change.

"Get ready, racers," the show prepared fans in a Feb. 9 Instagram post. "Drag Race returns to 90-minute episodes starting Friday, March 10 at 8/7c on MTV."

While there's still a month's worth of episodes to air before the change goes into effect, the news is a welcome surprise to longtime fans. RuPaul's Drag Race has been airing 90-minute episodes since season 10 back in 2018 on VH1.

MTV made the first episode length change to accommodate new series The Real Friends of WeHo. The docuseries stars Brad Goreski, Todrick Hall, Curtis Hamilton, Dorión Renaud, Jaymes Vaughan and Joey Zauzig and was placed in between Drag Race and Untucked in a move to draw new LGBTQ+ viewers (It is currently unclear if Untucked will follow immediately once the longer episodes resume).

One such upset fan was actor and RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race contestant Daniel Franzese. "Can't we have both? Why are we always fighting for space?" he asked on Twitter Jan. 6 following the initial news. "How much Ridiculousness reruns get to live for that measley half hour you took from us that we breathe like air?"

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Many past Drag Race queens—including All Stars 6 winner Kylie Sonique LoveKenya OliveraJune JambalayaBOACheryl Hole—celebrated the news in the show's Instagram comments.

"Halleloo," wrote season nine's Alexis Michelle, quoting ShangelaUK vs the World winner Blu Hydrangea noted, "The gay who manages The Real Friends of WeHo's social media just took a sigh of relief."

"The universe has restored itself," said season 14 finalist Daya Betty, while season 13's Denali added a simple, "YAYYYYY."

To date, five of this year's 16 queens have sashayed away, meaning fans should finally get to know the remaining contestants a whole lot better once the season reaches its halfway point.

But until then, keep up with RuPaul's Drag Race every Friday on MTV.

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