In Drag Race‘s Season 6 premiere (Feb. 24, Logo), contestants are tasked with paying homage to a number of popular TV shows past and present, including Golden Girls, Downton Abbey, Dancing With the Stars and… A&E’s suddenly polarizing reality smash.
A source close to Drag Race notes that the episode was shot back in June — well before a media firestorm erupted last month over Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments in a GQ interview. The incendiary quotes, which included him likening being gay to bestiality, led to Robertson’s brief suspension from the show.
Because the challenge is an “integral” element of the premiere, the source added, editing it out is not an option.
Still, eyebrows will almost certainly be raised from the inclusion of Duck Dynasty in one of the most pro-diversity shows on TV.
No word if Robertson plans to tune in, but there’s still time for Ru to send him a She-Mail.