CNN anchor John Berman expressed disapproval about the news that the Fox television show "The Masked Singer" reportedly included Rudy Giuliani in the celebrity lineup of its upcoming season.
Berman appeared to draw a parallel between Giuliani, who reportedly took part in a yet-to-be aired season of the show, and two other individuals: Harvey Weinstein, a disgraced Hollywood figure who has been convicted of sexual offenses, and Manuel Noriega, a deceased former Panamanian dictator.
The anchor said, "next week on 'The Masked Singer,' Harvey Weinstein. The week after that, Manuel Noriega. Great job guys. Great job. I hope the viewers that you're attracting here are worth it to you."
Berman then read a tweet from Michael Schur, who he said was a friend. Schur wrote that, "The bare minimum — the absolute bottom-level for the bar we set as a society — must be: if you try to launch a coup and overturn a Presidential election, you are no longer allowed on game shows."
Berman opined, "I know everyone gets a chuckle outta this, but ... we can all do better than that."
"The Masked Singer" features a lineup of celebrities who compete in a singing competition while wearing costumes that disguise their true identity. The show includes a panel of judges who try to guess the identity of each contestant.
According to Deadline, when Giuliani was unmasked during a taping of the show, judges Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke departed from the stage in protest, though they later came back. The outlet said that judges Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger stayed onstage and spoke to the contestant.
Giuliani, a former New York City mayor who was in office during the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, was involved in President Trump's legal efforts related to the 2020 presidential election.