Fans Call for Boycott After MTV Casts Todrick Hall on ‘Real Friends of WeHo’
Fans are calling for a boycott on MTV’s new LGBTQ+ series, The Real Friends of WeHo, after the network announced that Todrick Hall was part of the cast.
The American Idol alum has landed in controversy over the years, as colleagues and friends have publicly called out the choreographer, singer, and social media personality for not paying his way and for backstabbing his friends. Todrick, who appeared for years on RuPaul’s Drag Race as both a choreographer and a judge, has also been called annoying — perhaps the reason behind the public outcry over MTV’s casting decision.
The show follows a group of friends living and pursuing careers in West Hollywood. Celebrity stylist, Brad Goreski, actor, Curtis Hamilton, skincare CEO, Dorion Renaud, entrepreneur, Joey Zauzig, and host, James Vaughan, star alongside Todrick. The reality show promises an unfiltered “up close and personal glimpse into their lives,” but viewers seemingly don’t want to hear any more from Todrick.
Watch the trailer below:
Fans took to Twitter to drop their opinions about MTV’s risky cast pick.
One fan tweeted—”Will not be watching this due to Todrick Hall.”
Another person wrote—“Like todrick hall? look me in the eyes and tell me u would are interested in watching a tv show with him in it.”
A third chimed in—“I don’t even watch drag race anymore and even I know this is a bad move. You really playing with drag race (fans) for a Todrick Hall show?!”
Other fans called for a boycott, demanding that MTV change course.
A fan announced on Twitter — “Today, January 6, we must rise up and march to MTV headquarters and take back what is ours! Drag Race was stolen by crooked Todrick Hall and we will not accept the FAKE one hour long episodes.”
Another person wrote—”Not one f—— soul on this planet wants to see Todrick Hall on our tv’s every week. we’ll be changing the channel, hunties.”
Todrick faced legal trouble in March after he failed to pay $60k in rent. The Celebrity Big Brother alum was sued by the owners of the rental property, Avi Lavian and Orna Lavian. PEOPLE obtained the March 29 court filing, which revealed that the YouTuber had agreed to pay the couple $30k per month, but did not submit payments to cover February and March. Todrick was issued a reported three-day notice to pay up or face eviction on March 3.
He gave fans a tour of the 5 bed/8 bath 8,000 square foot Sherman Oaks residence, in February.
The TV personality gushed — “When I saw this one I fell in love. I’m talking that Allie and Noah ‘Notebook’ kind of love.”
In September, Todrick was ordered by a judge to pay $100,000 in damages and an additional $2,000 in lawyer fees, per a TMZ report.
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