BBC Three commissions Drag Race spinoff with Michelle Visage


BBC Three has given former Strictly contestant and Drag Race judge Michelle Visage her own show.

The new show will be produced by World of Wonder and centred around Visage’s personal mantra: ‘Get Off Your Ass’.

Michelle Visage

Michelle Visage is a woman of many talents. Aside from vogueing on Strictly and being RuPaul’s trusted sidekick of many years, she is a former doyenne of the New York Ballroom scene; a former girl band member; an experienced radio DJ and chat show host; a bio-queen and LGBTQ+ champion; a long standing Drag Race judge; and most importantly, a wife and a mother.

Combine that with her New Jersey sass, warmth, wit, wisdom and candour about her own personal struggles, it becomes clear that Michelle Visage is the perfect host with her own super power: she gives great counsel.

Each episode, Michelle will invite BBC Three viewers to join her at Club Visage. Here she will share her wisdom and dish out her unique brand of advice.

She will also be joined by a celebrity guest for a spot of real talk. Then, drawing on their own experiences, together they will workshop the audience’s dilemmas and problems.

A bit of ‘MVT’

In addition, one special viewer in need of a little boost will receive a bit of MVT – Michelle Visage Treatment.

She’ll listen and do her best to advise; then, as a little extra perk, she’ll throw in a fun ‘immersive’ challenge to help get her subject back on track.

Drag Race help

To do this she will enlist the help of the UK’s First Drag Race Superstar, The Vivienne.

Together they’ll get their subject off of their ass and give them a night to remember.

“I’m THRILLED to be bringing my kind of chat to a show on the amazing BBC Three; in the country that literally owns my own heart!” Visage said.

“It’s 2020 and we can no longer sit back and complain, it’s time to stand up and GET OFF YOUR ASS with Michelle Visage! See you soon on the iPlayer nearest you.”

Fenton Bailey, co-founder of World of Wonder, said: “World of Wonder is excited to be expanding its UK operations for GET OFF YOUR ASS with Michelle Visage!

“We’ve worked with Michelle for many years and she is the living breathing embodiment of getting Off Your Arse.

“We are so thrilled to work with her on her own talk show, showcasing her unique ability to relate to young people and helping them with issues they face in today’s world.”

Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three, said: “We’re over the moon to be working with World of Wonder again for Michelle’s very first chat show.

“She is a huge talent, loved by the BBC Three audience. This series will bring a brand new flavour to the existing mix of programmes available on BBC iPlayer.”

Michelle Visage: Get Off Your Ass (8 x 30) is a World Of Wonder production, executive produced by Sally Miles, Bruce McCoy, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato.

It was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller for BBC Three and Ruby Kuraishe, Commissioning Editor, BBC.