While some see Courtney as a sure thing for the role of host, one insider says her rough histories with both RuPaul and Visage make that ‘highly problematic’, and also ‘pretty damned unlikely’.
Ru and Courtney famously fell out over the US host's past negative comments – since retracted and apologised for – on the issue of whether transgender contestants should appear on a show about drag and gender illusion.
‘Ru as a cis man having conversations about, and rule over, women’s bodies is alarmingly in line with the current swing of conservative politics,’ said Courtney at the time.
An incensed RuPaul allegedly blocked Courtney on Twitter after the spat, but denied any feud.
However Courtney’s catalogue of sometimes brutally honest comments about the star and show could make it very difficult to get cast on Drag Race again.
Courtney - real name Shane Jenek - told JOY FM's Word For Word host Benjamin Norris that she was not friends with RuPaul – who is famed for not getting close to any contestants during filming.
‘RuPaul is there in the room, what you see on TV is all of what you get, there is not anything beyond that,’ Courtney said.
When asked of the lack of friendship, ‘Does that make you not like him?’, Courtney responded, ‘I’ve chosen to focus on that legend of RuPaul, just like with everyone there is the legend and there is the human.’
With no network yet publicly locked in for the Aussie version of the show, it might be some time yet before we hear who is hosting. But we can’t wait to find out!