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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” producer Jacqueline Wilson passes away

Long-time RuPaul’s Drag Race producer Jacqueline Wilson has passed away. Wilson (pictured) joined the VH1 series in its second season (then on Logo TV) in 2009 as a supervising producer. In 2017, she ...
September 12, 2019

Long-time RuPaul’s Drag Race producer Jacqueline Wilson has passed away.

Wilson (pictured) joined the VH1 series in its second season (then on Logo TV) in 2009 as a supervising producer. In 2017, she became co-executive producer on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, a position she also held on the flagship title starting in 2018.

Series host and executive producer RuPaul Charles shared the news on Twitter yesterday (Sept. 11), saying “Our beloved colleague Jacqueline Wilson has passed away. I could never express in words her invaluable contribution to the success of #DragRace, and to all the lives of those who were fortunate enough to have worked alongside her. Love always, my friend.”

World of Wonder, the company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, echoed these sentiments in a Facebook post soon after. “This summer we had the pleasure of producing season 12 with Jacqueline,” added the prodco. “To the very end she was devoted to telling the stories of the queens that she loved so much.

“When her work family gathers for the Emmy ceremony, this year we’ll be celebrating Jacqueline Wilson’s Drag Race.”

Added VH1, in a statement shared with Realscreen: “We are deeply saddened to learn of Jacqueline Wilson’s passing. Her professionalism and sharp eye for finding and nurturing talent was matched by the joy and kindness she brought to Drag Race every day. A consummate professional beloved by her team, Jacqueline believed passionately in our show and was proud of its cultural and social impact. We will miss her beyond words and her spirit has left an indelible mark on us.”

Wilson’s credits prior to Drag Race included Basketball Wives, I Want to Work for Diddy, Family Reunion and The Rebel Billionaire: Branson’s Quest for the Best.

The cause of death has not been made public.

(Photo courtesy of World of Wonder)

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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