“I’m done,” Ken Jeong declared then quickly stormed off stage as Rudy sang “Bad to the Bone.”
Jeong did not appear to be happy with The Masked Singer’s choice to cast Rudy Giuliani as a contestant.
During last week’s taping of the Fox series’ season 7 premiere, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani was unmasked as one of the contestants, Deadline first reported.
After Giuliani was revealed as the contestant, Jeong, 52, and fellow judge Robin Thicke both walked off the stage. The other judges, Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger, reportedly remained on stage after the reveal, where they briefly chatted with Giuliani.
“Ken was super upset and indeed stormed out,” the source says. “Robin actually followed him because he and Ken are very close friends and he wanted to check on him. Robin didn’t storm out because of Giuliani.”
A second source tells PEOPLE that Jeong felt “disrespected” by the decision to have Giuliani participate in the show.
“Ken felt disrespected and was livid to see Rudy was under the mask which is why he walked off. There’s no way he could hide his feelings,” says the insider.
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) April 21, 2022