2019 Emmy Nominated ‘RuPaul’s Drag’s Race’ Producer, Jacqueline Wilson Unexpectedly Passes Away
Emmy Award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race producer, Jacqueline Wilson, tragically passed away before she could repeat her success this year. Originally a supervising producer for the outstanding reality competition show, she was promoted three years later to co-executive producer.
As an intricate part of the reality show since Season 2, Wilson has been credited with beautifully portraying the queens and hugely contributing to the overall success of the show.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 5 hopeful Shea Coulee reflected on Wilson, saying she was “committed to feeling the stories of so many queens,” and Drag Race royalty Shangela referred to her as a “friend” to every contestant on the show in a lengthy post.
Several people and companies who worked with Wilson including RuPaul, VH1, World of Wonder, and countless former Drag Race queens took to social media to share their personal stories and memories of the beloved producer.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is nominated again this year for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and looks to repeat its success. If it does, her team of producers will accept the award and celebrate in her honor.
Jacqueline’s Wilson’s impressive producer credits
Wilson began producing in 2004 as a segment and co-producer for FOX’s The Rebel Billionaire: Branson’s Quest for the Best, a short-lived derivative of The Apprentice with Richard Branson instead of Donald Trump.
She then moved on to work as a supervisor story producer for VH1’s I Want to Work for Diddy and Basketball Wives in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Two years later, Wilson joined the RuPaul Drag Race family as a supervising producer before being promoted to co-executive producer in 2015.
Along with her team of producers, she won a 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and a 2019 PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television for their work on Drag Race.
Queens and more react to Jacqueline Wilson’s passing
RuPaul broke the news on Twitter by posting a picture of Wilson holding an Emmy, writing he could “never express in words her invaluable contribution to the success of Drag Race, and to all the lives of those who were fortunate to work alongside her.”
Production company World of Wonder also announced her passing by posting the same picture of Wilson, writing, “when her work family gathers for the Emmy ceremony” they will celebrate the producer.
Season 4’s Miss Congeniality, Latrice Royale, posted on Twitter writing that she will miss Wilson but has gained the “biggest cheerleader.” Season 9 and 10’s Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Blair St. Clair also uploaded pictures of Wilson with their condolences.
Calling the producer a “fun and bright individual,” Season 9’s Shea Coulee said she was “in shock.” Ra’Jah O’Hara from Season 11 also gave a special shout out to the producer, thanking her for their talks and “seeing a light” in O’Hara.
Additionally, VH1 released a statement acknowledging Wilson’s passing and praised her “professionalism and sharp eye for finding and nurturing talent “and bringing “joy and kindness” to the reality show daily.