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‘I Begged Fox to Let Me’

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for The Masked Singer Season 8 Episode 9 “Fright Night.”]

Scarecrow didn’t simply flip heads in her movie previous — she additionally did simply that within the newest Masked Singer.

Scarecrow shocked everybody by saying she was bowing out and unmasking herself earlier than the viewers vote might be tallied. And, because the celeb below the masks, actress Linda Blair, went on to elucidate, it’s as a result of she had a particular motive for doing the present: calling consciousness to her work serving to animals by way of the Linda Blair World Coronary heart Basis.

“I’ve been out of the general public’s eye deliberately serving to the animals. It’s all I do proper now,” Blair tells TV Insider. “So I knew no person would guess me, and that’s what makes the present enjoyable.”

Right here, Blair shares extra about her work and time on The Masked Singer.

Since you had a particular motive for doing this, was it a simple sure from the start?

Linda Blair: I began rescuing in 1997 after I had achieved Grease on Broadway. I got here again from New York to California and a giant pit bull adopted me dwelling on the peak of the disaster. And I ended up the one which fought the breed ban in California, which might’ve been a ban on pit bulls, German Shepherds, huskies and all types of breeds. We fought actually exhausting. We stopped the ban in order that the animals wouldn’t all be killed.

However then Hurricane Katrina got here alongside and I ended up in Louisiana and I rescued over 350 animals there. We have been in a position to get them into totally different areas away from Louisiana, after which I took 51. I constructed this property in California as a brief [place], however 16 years later, the disaster is overwhelming. There’s been numerous good articles popping out in regards to the pandemic and all of the animals being introduced again to the shelters. The rescues and shelters throughout the nation are asking for assist — not asking, we’re begging for folks to know we wish to assist, however we will’t assist all of them. The shelters are stuffed to the brim and having to euthanize completely great, companion animals, and none of us need that.

So I used to be requested to do The Masked Singer, and I assumed, wow, what an important alternative if I may do that and work with Fox as to why I might do it, and what may we do to assist the animals. They agreed. And I’m deeply appreciative that they allowed me to come back and carry out after 16 years and do a enjoyable, entertaining routine that I may then speak about why I used to be there and ask for the general public to know we will’t assist all people. We’re making an attempt, however we want their assist. Rescues depend on volunteers and donations. We now have no state funding. We’re on our personal. And that’s throughout the nation.

This was the one approach I knew to do it, was to achieve out by having this unbelievable alternative Fox supplied me. I’m an enormous fan of the present, by no means thought I’d be on it, and after they requested, I used to be like, uh-oh, how am I gonna do that? However we did. So I’m so glad that persons are in a position to see my coronary heart and that I might like to be entertaining, however till the animal disaster is healthier, I can’t return to the movie enterprise. I wish to, however I received’t go away my associates in want.

Scarecrow on 'The Masked Singer'

Michael Becker / FOX

You positively obtained the phrase out since you stunned everybody by bowing out of the competitors and selecting to unmask. Had that been the plan all alongside?

Sure. [Laughs] I knew in my coronary heart that the opposite contestants have been actually singers and I begged Fox to let me do what I wanted to do. So all the way down to the wire, they have been hoping I might change my thoughts, however I knew I couldn’t stroll away from my work, from the muse and compete longer. On the time, it may have gone on for an additional couple weeks, and for me to stroll away …

Operating a basis and a canine rescue might be one of many hardest issues ever as a result of it’s a must to present the financials, begging for donations. You must present the meals, the medical, water, electrical energy, happiness, pleasure, air con, warmth. Canines are as near people. They should have folks, in order that they’re very needy, the place cats are extra impartial and horses and livestock are impartial. However canines are far needier and actually a mirror to folks to say, “Hey, I want love and a spotlight and friendship as nicely.” They usually give it again tenfold. They’re right here for us, we’re blessed to have them.

That was the one motive I knew that I actually couldn’t go on and I needed the opposite to entertainers to have their day within the highlight. It meant a lot to all of us for various causes.

Not solely was your efficiency enjoyable, nevertheless it additionally seemed such as you had enjoyable messing with the panelists throughout it.

I did that on objective, my buddy. My objective was to have enjoyable, do one thing actually totally different. It’s known as Masked Singer, not Masked Run Across the Stage Dancer. [Laughs] And Fox was good sufficient to let me do what I may do nicely, which was entertain. My important objective was to actually have enjoyable with the panelists and attempt to get them to go, wait, what?

I don’t personally know all people. Robin Thicke I’ve identified since he was seven years previous. His dad was certainly one of my greatest associates and an unbelievable mentor for me after I was in my 20s and making an attempt to barter our enterprise. So Robin, we used to do the diabetes basis work for them. I used to go to the occasions with him. I’m so happy with Robin.

Ken [Jeong] you simply should mess with. You simply should. The whole lot was about going after Ken and having enjoyable, poking enjoyable. Nicole [Scherzinger], among the finest entertainers on the planet, and I’m in awe of her reward, her unbelievable persona, her humanity on prime of her magnificence. And Jen [McCarthy Wahlberg] is that this unbelievable soul who has entertained us for therefore a few years, is so lovely, has been by way of a lot, and he or she’s not solely standing, she’s type and goodness.

However Fox is the one that provides everybody the stage to have the ability to do the present, and I like the present. I used to be a fan. It could take me away for an hour per week to neglect the disappointment and the animals within the shelters that wanted out and the way have been we gonna assist them. That was why I’m so grateful to Fox for permitting me to take part.

Scarecrow on 'The Masked Singer'

Michael Becker / FOX

It looks like you have been in a position to have enjoyable as a result of the costume didn’t look as troublesome to maneuver in as others have been.

I requested them for a fancy dress that was cellular. I knew that I wanted to run round and bounce round. What I didn’t know is the pinnacle was like balancing a waiter’s tray in your head. That was the toughest half. The hat, I had aviation wing dynamics occurring throughout. [Laughs] That was the exhausting half, to not tip over.

Nobody on the panel guessed you, nevertheless it did really feel like a few of the clues made it actually apparent who you have been. What did you consider their guesses?

They have been very complimentary and I appreciated their compliments. I used to be like, wow, they’re actually not gonna expect what’s popping out of this costume. It’s actually exhausting to see below the masks. You solely have about two-inch vertical and about four-inch sideways. You may barely see and may’t hear very nicely. You must actually focus. I used to be actually touched and it was all very tearful as a result of I used to be there for the animals and that made me really feel so good that they appreciated and revered what I simply did, the efficiency. After 16 years, I gave every part I had.

However actually this was for the animals. So regardless of how exhausting it was for me, it’s not as exhausting as it’s for the animals which might be scared and are being put out within the deserts and the streets. They’d a house and possibly any person handed away from the pandemic, any person misplaced their dwelling, and the animals are abruptly on the streets fending for themselves or in a chilly, scary shelter. I’m begging for assist. The shelters are asking rescues for assist. And so I’m going to the general public and the information media and asking on this unbelievable, by no means seen disaster in historical past for the animals, we want assist.

The animals got here up within the clues bundle. “Turned loads of heads” was the clue I assumed would result in folks guessing you.

I assumed the clues have been fairly apparent myself. However I feel from the panelists’ perspective, they’re at all times like, “wait, what?” for every one of many contestants, making an attempt to concentrate. It’s additionally a present, so it’s enjoyable to make enjoyable guesses. That’s why we at all times chuckle at Ken. Come on. Additionally I needed to poke enjoyable at Ken.

After which when he cried, simply saying why I’d come on and the the Aristocracy of all of it, I actually appreciated as a result of I did do that not for myself, however for the animals. I hope that individuals will say, “You recognize what? We obtained it. What can we do to assist?” That’s all I’m asking throughout the nation, is for folks of their neighborhood to assist the rescues and the shelters proper now, particularly throughout the holidays. Undertake, don’t store, don’t buy animals. Something you may think about is someplace in America in want of a house. And it’s not anyone’s fault. It’s the pandemic that induced a lot problem for therefore many and there’s so many individuals battling melancholy and anxiousness.

The Masked Singer, Particular Thanksgiving Episode, Thursday, November 24, 8/7c, Fox



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