Only Two Queens Have Officially Been Disqualified From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ in the Show’s Over 10 Years

Competing on this series comes with a few rules. There’s only one queen who’s broken those rules, and another whose actions outside of the show get her disqualified. Who are the contestants disqualified from RuPaul’s Drag Race? Here’s what we know about these queens and why they were ineligible to snatch the crown. 

During season 4 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ one queen broke the rules

As one of the most outgoing and outspoken queens from season 4, Willam was abruptly disqualified from the reality competition series. The queen sashayed away without the crown for allegedly breaking one of RuPaul’s rules. 

At the time, fans didn’t know what Willam did to get eliminated. Since then, though, fans learned that Willam had a “sexual liaison with a producer” in her hotel room. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Willam commented on the incident, and whether or not it was all done for publicity. 

“It seemed like my schedule was quite jam-packed, like I was in New York doing an off-Broadway show the next week,” Willam said. “I have no idea. Like, I’m going to leave all these answers up to wiser men than I at the network. I do like the fact that they didn’t make it seem like I got caught doing something, like my hand was in the cookie jar. Everything that I did on that show was pretty much in character, except for when I cried.”

Willam Belli seen at the LA Pride Parade
Willam Belli seen at the LA Pride Parade | Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

One season 12 queen has eliminated before the season even started

There were a handful of queens introduced prior to the premiere of season 12, including the finalists Crystal Methyd, Jaida Essence Hall, and Gigi Goode. Amidst over four catfishing allegations, though, one contestant was eliminated from the competition. 

The season somewhat premiered as recorded, out of respect for the other contestants. However, the disqualified queen had most of her confessionals edited out. The series also made a donation to the nonprofit organization, The Trevor Project.

There are plenty of rules of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ that the contestants have to follow

Aside from the challenges of the competition, the girls have to follow rules set by RuPaul and the production company. One of the biggest rules is eliminating contact with the outside world, by taking the queen’s cell phones away prior to the competition beginning. 

The queens are also not technically allowed to announce they’re appearing on the show on social media. (Some fans can connect the dots, though, once a Twitter account goes silent for a number of weeks.) After RuPaul’s Drag Race makes the announcement, though, they’re free to post promotional pictures.

Episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race are available for streaming in select countries on the World of Wonder streaming service, WOW Presents Plus. Other seasons are available on, with login information from your cable provider. 

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