Netflix Cancels RuPaul’s ‘AJ and the Queen’ After Only One Season

With this Netflix original series, RuPaul proves her acting chops are just as good as her lip-syncing. Unfortunately, the future of AJ and the Queen isn’t looking too bright. Here’s what we know about the future of this series and what former Drag Race contestants are saying about it.

RuPaul starred in the Netflix original series, ‘AJ and The Queen’

From hosting multiple versions and spin-offs of RuPaul’s Drag Race to creating her own line of chocolate bars, this drag performer keeps busy. Still, in all the excitement of Drag Race UK and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12, the performer managed to produce and star in the Netflix original series, AJ and the Queen.

This heartwarming (and heartbreaking) series told the story of one drag performer named Ruby who is tricked out of $100,000 by a former lover. Before heading on a world tour, Ruby learns that the spunky girl living upstairs named AJ is struggling to survive. 

AJ stows away on Ruby’s tour bus, with hopes of reaching Texas and reuniting with her grandfather. Together, they hit the road, brightening days, turning looks, and performing songs along the way.

‘AJ and The Queen’ will not return for season 2

Due to the ending of season 1, some fans expected the series to continue for a few more episodes. Amidst the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 excitement, RuPaul shared some bad news for fans of this Netflix original series.

RuPaul, as the executive producer and actor of this series, broke the news to fans on social media. The drag performer stated, “End of the road for AJ and The Queen. Netflix has decided to not extend our road trip across America. Thank you for all the love and support. We’re so very proud of the work.”

Deadline reports, “RuPaul and King executive produced. King’s MPK Productions produced in association with Warner Bros. TV.” Besides RuPaul, this series featured many Drag Race fan favorites. That includes Trinity the Tuck, Katya Zamolodchikova, Chad Michaels, Ginger Minj, Kennedy Davenport, Eureka O’Hara, and Alexis Mateo. Bam.

Season 7 contestants, Katya Zamolodchikova and Trixie Mattel, later reviewed the first season for their YouTube series with Netflix, titled “I Like to Watch.” That YouTube video alone earned over a million views.

Marsy Robinson, Jhoni Marchinko, Katerina Tannenbaum, Izzy G., RuPaul, Michael-Leon Wooley, Matthew Wilkas, Tia Carrere, and Michael Patrick King of Netflix's "AJ and the Queen"
Marsy Robinson, Jhoni Marchinko, Katerina Tannenbaum, Izzy G., RuPaul, Michael-Leon Wooley, Matthew Wilkas, Tia Carrere, and Michael Patrick King of Netflix’s “AJ and the Queen” | Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

Fans of ‘AJ and the Queen’ reacted to the show’s cancelation

One news broke of AJ and the Queen’s abrupt end, the series became a top trending topic on Twitter. Some fans and former Drag Race contestants shared their thoughts on social media. That includes RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 4 co-winner, Trinity the Tuck, who made an appearance throughout the show.

“Soo sad… I’ll never find out where my d*mn crown is,” Trinity the Tuck tweeted.

“Have it on Showtime,” season 11 contestant, Soju, tweeted.

Drag Race UK contestant, The Vivienne, wrote, “Like you always say. You’re on the path you’re supposed to be on. This is obviously making way for something even bigger. You’ve exceeded every expectation of this ‘life’ and you’re only going higher.”

Not all hope is lost for drag fans. Viewers can binge-watch the entire first season of AJ and the Queen on this streaming platform. New episodes of RuPaul’s reality competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, premiere on a weekly basis on VH1. There’s also a “special” season of All-Stars, debuting on Showtime during 2020.