Watch: 'Drag Race' Contestant Sherry Pie Breaks Silence Over Misconduct Controversy in New Interview

Wednesday February 17, 2021
Originally published on February 16, 2021

Controversial drag queen Sherry Pie (real name Joey Gugliemelli) is breaking her silence on the "Tameron Hall" show after she was disqualified from "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 12 last year when multiple men came forward to accuse the performer of misconduct.

It was recently announced Sherry, who was accused of and admitted to catfishing by several men, would be on the talk show, which quickly sparked a backlash. Hall addressed the controversy on her show before her interview with the performer, according to TVLine.

"The very idea that I'd have Sherry Pie on ... was seen by some as giving away my platform," Hall said. "I've been a reporter for 30 years. I've interviewed rapists, I've interviewed murderers, I remember interviewing a woman in prison who murdered a child she was trusted to care for. It's not giving away your platform. It's called an interview, and people who do bad things are interviewed. R. Kelly comes to mind. That's just one person I'm thinking who was recently interviewed on multiple platforms and shared all over social media."

Among those taking issue with the interview is "Drag Race" Season 12 star Jamie Cox and Ben Shimkus, one of Sherry's victims. Shimkus tweeted that he reached out to producers of the show.

Nevertheeless, Sherry appeared on the show remotely and started by saying, "there are no 'allegations.' I admit to my wrongdoings and horrible behavior."

"I don't know if ... more [victims] will come forward. I'm here to apologize, and I want to make that very clear. I understand now, in lieu of this year, how much pain I've caused," the performer went on to say. "I just want to let the victims know, and everyone else know, that I am so sorry. I can't even begin to imagine the pain and the trauma that I've caused. That's really all I have to say."

Sherry said that she's been "doing cognitive behavioral therapy" since being disqualified from "Drag Race" and that she's been in contact with three of the men who spoke out.

"Two of them I still speak to," she said. "One of them asked me to no longer contact them, and I totally understand that." Sherry added that some of the victims were close friends, and she "wanted to be able to keep them around and keep them close."

She said that she is "prepared to take any responsibility" in case of any criminal charges brought against her. She also said she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder around the time she was disqualified from "Drag Race."

"I don't blame my mental illness for anything I've done," Sherry explained.

Though she has kept quiet since the allegations were made against her, Sherry apologized to the men in a Facebook post at the time, saying she is sorry for the "trauma and pain," adding, "I know that the pain and hurt that I have caused will never go away and I know that what I did was wrong and truly cruel."

This is Joey, I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed...Posted by Sherry Pie on Thursday, March 5, 2020

After the men made their allegations last year, "Drag Race" producers disqualified Sherry from the show, editing her out of most episodes and nixing her from the final round.

Watch the interview below.