Rudy Giuliani was spotted out in New York City on Thursday with his girlfriend – the morning after his long-awaited and controversial appearance on The Masked Singer, which sent Judge Ken Jeong storming off the stage in protest.
Giuliani, 77, looked dapper in a brown jacket and purple tie with a matching pocket square as he strolled into work with his girlfriend, Dr. Maria Ryan, 57, at his side.
The pair have been together since 2018, when Giuliani’s marriage to his third wife, Judith Nathan, broke down.
The former mayor of New York kept his head down, grim-faced, as they walked from their Uber to the office.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Masked Singer, Giuliani delighted in revealing his identity.
But his appearance on the show was met with confusion from the judges.
The FOX show sees celebrities perform in costume for a panel of judges, unaware of their identities.
The performances are judged by Jeong – best known for appearing in The Hangover series – along with Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger and Jenny McCarthy.
Giuliani was dressed up as Jack in the Box and sang ‘Bad to the Bone’ by George Thorogood.
After Giuliani removed his mask, Scherzinger was heard asking: ‘Is that Robert Duvall?’
Jeong, 52, responded grimly: ‘No, that’s not Robert Duvall.’
Rudy Giuliani was spotted out in NYC with his girlfriend after his long-awaited controversial appearance on the Masked Singer was finally revealed on Wednesday night – sending judge Ken Jeong off stage in a tantrum
Giuliani, 77, looked dapper on Thursday morning as he strolled into work, with his girlfriend Dr Maria Ryan, 57, at his side
Giuliani kept his head down with a scowl on his face as they walked from their Uber to the office
Robin Thicke said it was the last person he expected, but he smiled uncomfortably.
Jeong stood furiously with his arms crossed, even as Giuliani told the audience he had taken part to show his newborn granddaughter that you should ‘try everything’.
When it came time for him to sing again without his disguise, Jeong walked off stage, declaring: ‘I’m done!’
McCarthy and Scherzinger stayed and cheered him on, dancing as he belted out an off-key chorus.
If Thicke walked off too, as was reported in Deadline in February, after the show was taped, the producers edited it out.
Jeong is now being mocked for his theatrical response to the 77-year-old’s appearance on the reality TV show.
Surprise! Lightning-rod attorney Rudy Giuliani’s long-anticipated appearance on The Masked Singer finally aired on Wednesday, after word of his participation was first reported in February
Not amused: Comedian Ken Jeong reacted in shock and eventually stormed off stage in protest
As Giuliani performed, Jeong said ‘I’m done’ and walked off the stage
Jeong, who shot to fame in The Hangover, stood furiously with his arms cross, even as Giuliani told the audience he had taken part to show his newborn granddaughter that you should ‘try everything’
At least someone found it funny! McCarthy couldn’t hide her entertainment after Rudy was unmasked
Though the episode was highly edited, it appeared that Jeong did not storm off immediately – but did walk away in disgust a bit later in the show.
The episode did not show Judge Robin Thicke leaving the stage, as had been previously reported, though at one point Thicke appeared to be missing as the other judges danced.
Following the bombshell reveal, host Nick Cannon initially tried to keep things light by bantering with Giuliani as usual.
‘It surprises us all that you’re here on The Masked Singer,’ Cannon said.
‘This is definitely something I would never have guessed,’ added Judge Robin Thicke.
‘Me too, me too,’ Giuliani replied, explaining that he decided to appear on the show to show his granddaughter that ‘you should try everything, even things that are completely unlike you and unlikely.’
‘And I couldn’t think of anything more unlike me and unlikely than this,’ said Trump’s former lawyer.
He added that he had long been a fan of the show and that he thought it would be fun to appear, saying: ‘I don’t get to have a lot of fun.’
Despite a clue referencing the notorious Four Seasons press conference fiasco, none of the judges were successful in guessing Giuliani’s identity.
McCarthy guessed he was Joe Pesci; Thicke guessed Robert Duvall; Jeong proposed Elon Musk and Scherzinger thought he was Al Roker.
After his identity was revealed, a wildly off-key Giuliani sang George Thorogood & the Destroyers’ ‘Bad To The Bone’ to close out the episode.
Giuliani performed disguised as the Jack in the Box, and no judge guessed his identity
Host Nick Cannon unmasks Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday night’s episode of The Masked Singer
‘It surprises us all that you’re here on The Masked Singer,’ Cannon told Giuliani
What’s the big deal? Giuliani told the judges that he doesn’t ‘get to have a lot of fun’
The first episode of the season aired last month, and some had speculated that controversy over Giuliani’s appearance would lead FOX to cut him from the show.
In 2020, Giuliani unwittingly appeared in Borat 2, in a compromising scene with Borat’s daughter who he thought was a journalist for an Eastern European conservative news show.
In January this year, the House committee investigating the US Capitol insurrection issued subpoenas to Giuliani and other members of Donald Trump’s legal team who filed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election.
Giuliani fueled the lie that the election had been stolen from the former president.
The committee is continuing to widen its scope into Trump’s orbit, this time demanding information and testimony from Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Boris Epshteyn.
All four publicly pushed Trump’s baseless voter fraud claims in the months after the election.
‘The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former president about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes,’ said Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democratic chairman of the panel, in a statement.