MTV might have thought it was starting a new franchise, a la The Real Housewives, with The Real Friends of WeHo, but it isn't off to a great start. Viewers were quick to criticize the series for one of its main cast members, Todrick Hall, who previously faced allegations of failing to pay employees and for talking trash about other celebrities. So it begs the question — is The Real Friends of WeHo canceled?
Following the series premiere on MTV, viewers took to Twitter to criticize the show for a number of reasons, including the fact that many believe much of it is fabricated. The Real Friends of WeHo follows a group of wealthy gay men in West Hollywood. The men weren't friends prior to the series and they aren't actually from Hollywood, which is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of fan criticism. Now, many want it off the air.
Is 'Real Friends of WeHo' canceled?
As of right now, The Real Friends of WeHo hasn't been canceled — at least not that MTV has announced.
Its first season is still airing on Friday nights on MTV, so apparently it hasn't lost its entire fan base.
But the tweets keep popping up, which Todrick himself has responded to on social media. In regard to tweets from individuals in the gay community criticizing the show, Todrick has responded on Instagram.
In one post following the series premiere, he wrote a lengthy response, which included, "We have to know that queer people attacking our queer cast is not woke, not progressive, and not going to change the situation, so it's a waste of time. Wake up people, we are smarter than this."
However, a viewer on Twitter addressed Todrick from afar and tweeted, "Todrick Hall getting on his soapbox to preach that [people] not watching The Real Friends of WeHo means they don't want true queer representation. Sir. Everyone just doesn't like YOU."
There was a petition to cancel 'The Real Friends of WeHo.'
Another reason viewers want The Real Friends of WeHo off the air, besides the way these rich cast members are displaying their wealth and backlash against Todrick specifically, is RuPaul's Drag Race.
There was even a Change.org petition to cancel The Real Friends of WoHo and "bring back 90 minute episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race. The petition reached more than 34,000 signatures.
The issue here was that what were once 90 minute-long episodes of Drag Race were now cut down to an hour to accommodate The Real Friends of WeHo, which airs directly after the long-running reality competition series. According to the petition, viewers would rather have those longer episodes back and have the network get rid of the new series at the same time.
On Feb. 9, MTV viewers learned that 90-minute episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race would indeed be returning on March 10 — much to fans' relief. The announcement was made on the show's Instagram account, and users flocked to the comments to express their joy.
However, many folks aren't resting until The Real Friends of WeHo is also canceled.
It's unclear whether The Real Friends of WeHo will be canceled because of this move. Season 1 of the series only has six episodes, with the finale set to air on March 3 — meaning it isn't technically getting bumped when the 90-minute episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race return on March 10. So there could very well be a Season 2 in the works.
As of writing, the show has yet to be canceled. But we'll be sure to update you if this changes!
Watch The Real Friends of WeHo on Fridays at 9 p.m. EST on MTV.