Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has been revealed as a contestant on the US version of The Masked Singer, causing judge Ken Jeong to walk off in disgust.
77-year-old Giuliani, who has been mired in controversy in the US over allegations he made misleading claims about the 2020 US presidential election, had been competing on the show wearing a Jack In The Box costume.
See? It's all just a fun joke. The place where he pushed the conspiracy theories about the election that have poisoned our politics forever is just a fun clue on a fun show because nothing matters pic.twitter.com/thD8g1zib7— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 21, 2022
It was previously reported that Giuliani - a former lawyer for Donald Trump - was a contestant and newly released clips show the judges looking stunned as his mask came off.
Comedian Jeong walked off as Jack In The Box's identity was revealed, saying, "I’m done."
Host Nick Cannon joked that it was a surprise to see Giuliani on The Masked Singer.
Ken Jeong did not smile once when Rudy Giuliani was unmasked. Can't believe they put Rudy on the show #TheMaskedSinger pic.twitter.com/77dXrtndfC— Winnie (@winnie_LaLisa) April 21, 2022
"I guess the main reason is I just had a granddaughter, Grace, and I want her to know that you should try everything, even things that are completely unlike you and unlikely," Giuliani said.
"I couldn't think of anything more unlike me and unlikely than this." he added, before singing sang a rendition of the song Bad To The Bone.
However, some viewers were less than impressed by the appearance from the controversial ex-mayor and Trump ally.
My heart does go out to @kenjeong. I know how you feel. This show should've never cast Rudy Giuliani. This is supposed to be a positive show, not a negative show. #TheMaskedSinger— miranda ✿ (@introvert_412) April 21, 2022
"Giuliani???" one said on Twitter.
"Seriously? Rudy Giuliani," said another.
One fan said the reveal was a "shocker".
Another said: "I don’t know who thought it would be a good idea to put Rudy Giuliani on."
"Giuliani on The Masked Singer isn't even registering as reality in my brain," said another.