RuPaul Wins First Emmy for 'Drag Race'

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After eight seasons of "RuPaul's Drag Race," host RuPaul finally sashayed away with a much-deserved Emmy win as best reality TV host at the Creative Emmy Awards Sunday night.

The supermodel of the world beat out fellow hosts, Ryan Seacrest ("American Idol"), Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night's"), Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn ("Project Runway"), Tom Bergeron ("Dancing With the Stars"), and Steve Harvey ("Little Big Shots").

"Earlier this year I was quoted saying I'd rather have an enema than an Emmy," RuPaul said in his acceptance speech. "But thanks to the Television Academy, I can have both!"

"I really didn't expect this," he told The Hollywood Reporter backstage after his win. "I came here thinking I got invited to the prom and I'm going to dance my ass off tonight, but i didn't expect that I would have this in my hand while I was dancing. It's a very special night not just for me but for all the young people around the world who dance to the beat of a different drummer."

This was the first time Ru was nominated in the category, which has only been around since 2008.

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Speaking to Yahoo backstage, Ru lauded the several drag queens who participated on "Drag Race."

"It's really about the girls [contestants], all the 100 girls who have come through on this show who are so brilliant. I accept this for them," he said. "The significance [of this award] is we hear the stories of 100 queens-actually now 112 queens-who get to tell their unique stories of survival. It's so important for all the young people around the world who get to see this show to hear that there is a way for you to navigate this life."

Taking to Twitter after his win, Ru had a simple message for his 767,000 followers:


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