(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s “The Masked Singer.”)
There have been some pretty wild guesses thrown out on “The Masked Singer” over the Fox singing competition’s six seasons, but on Wednesday, Jenny McCarthy unintentionally made the craziest one yet when she so confidently decided the Caterpillar had to be Jake Gyllenhaal.
Welp, he was not Jake Gyllenhaal, he was “Queer Eye” host Bobby Berk. But for the roughly 30 seconds after McCarthy hit the Take It Off Buzzer and it looked like Caterpillar might have to take off his mask because the judge might have been right, Berk is sure Taylor Swift fans on social media were freaking out.
Why? Well, Swifties are currently obsessing over Swift and Gyllenhaal’s former relationship following last week’s release of “Red (Taylor’s Version)” and the 10-minute version of the song “All Too Well,” which is widely assumed to be about their messy breakup.
“The fact that one of the clue packages said that Taylor would know who I was,” Berk told TheWrap. “Yeah, Swifties are going to blow up Twitter for a split second.”
We should note here that “The Masked Singer” does not air live, and that Season 6 wrapped filming in August — so there was no way for McCarthy or Berk to know that her Gyllenhaal guess would hit different on Nov. 17.
Though Berk said he found it flattering at the time (“To be compared to Jake Gyllenhaal is never a bad thing”) he still thought McCarthy’s guess was “crazy.”
“I thought for sure, when she freaked out so much — because Jenny and I know each other — so I’m like, ‘Crap. No, b—-, sit down! Sit down! Don’t take me out.’ And then when she said Jake Gyllenhaal, I was like, ‘Girl, what the hell?'”
Berk’s Caterpillar was cut tonight in a double elimination that also saw Mallard (who was revealed to be Willie Robertson) bumped off, leaving Queen of Hearts and Banana Split to duke it out in the Group B finals.
Though he didn’t make it all the way to the end, Berk still enjoyed what “The Masked Singer” experience offered him.
“I’ve wanted to do ‘The Masked Singer’ for years,” Berk said. “I’ve loved singing my entire life. I used to sing in the church. I’ve always wanted to be able to show people that I could sing. But people always have so many misconceptions of you, and especially when you’re already in the public eye, people think, ‘This is who he is, this is what he does.’ They put you in a box and that’s that. So I wanted to do something outside of my normal box. And the anonymity of it was great because there was no misconception or preconceptions about who I was or what I could do. I could just go out there and sing.”
“The Masked Singer” will return with new episodes Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 8/7c on Fox.