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EXCLUSIVE: RuPaul Reacts to Surprise Emmy Win: 'I'm Still Not Sure If I'm Dreaming'

by Zach Seemayer 11:26 PM PDT, September 11, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: RuPaul Reacts to Surprise Emmy Win: 'I'm Still Not Sure If I'm Dreaming'

RuPaul took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Host of a Reality or Reality Competition Program for his Logo series, RuPaul's Drag Race, on Sunday, and the celebrated TV personality could hardly believe the honor.

"It's very overwhelming," RuPaul told ET's Denny Directo at the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles. "I'm still in shock. I'm still not sure if I'm dreaming or not, honestly."

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The 55-year-old actor and fashion icon beat out some tough competition this year, winning over Ryan Seacrest for American Idol, Dancing With the Stars' Tom Bergeron, Jane Lynch for Hollywood Game Night, Steve Harvey for Little Big Shots and Project Runway's Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

"I admire all of those people," RuPaul said. "I've been in this business for almost 35 years and I know what it's like to get to the point where all of these nominees are and it's not easy."

For RuPaul, the win means more than just a trophy for his mantel place.

"I think about all the kids who watch this show all over the world, who finally have an emotional navigation system," he shared. "This show, and the hundreds of girls who have come through our show, have told their stories so graciously and have really helped young people around the world navigate their lives and I think I'm the most proud of that."

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However, RuPaul is also thankful for getting a second chance at revitalizing his career with his popular Logo series, explaining, "I hit it big 20-something years ago and went away and I came back and this is quite a prize."

"I've been very blessed and that has not escaped me," he added.

Not only was this the host's first Emmy win, it was also his first-ever Emmy nomination, which came just after Drag Race wrapped its eighth season.

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