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RuPaul wins best reality host for fifth year in a row

He dedicated his Emmy to Drag Race alum Chi Chi DeVayne, who died on 20 August.

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MUMBAI: RuPaul won for outstanding host for a reality or competition program at Creative Arts Emmys, breaking Jeff Probst's previous record for wins in the category with a fifth straight Emmy.

RuPaul in a pre-recorded video speech thanked the Academy adding, "every time I bat my false eyelashes I'm making a political statement. Tonight, the only political statement I want to make is this: love. Love for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, love for Black queens and brown queens and love for the United States of America where a little gay boy with nothing more than a pussycat wig and a dream can build an international platform that celebrates sweet sensitive souls everywhere."

RuPaul also included a call to vote on 3 November with a twist on his signature line: "The time has come for you to vote for your life!” He dedicated his Emmy to Drag Race alum Chi Chi DeVayne, who died on Aug 20.

This year, RuPaul was up against Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (Making It), Nicole Byer (Nailed It!), Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio (Top Chef), Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye), Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Kevin O'Leary, and Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank). RuPaul's Drag Race was nominated for a total of 10 Emmys this year. 

The winners were announced as part of the five-night virtual Creative Arts Emmys event, hosted by Byer. The Primetime Emmys will follow on Sunday, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel from an audience-less Staples Center.

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