November 30, 2022

‘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 asserting she was bowing out and unmasking herself earlier than the viewers vote may very well be tallied. And, because the superstar below the masks, actress Linda Blair, went on to elucidate, it’s as a result of she had a particular cause for doing the present: calling consciousness to her work serving to animals by the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation.

“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 cause for doing this, was it a straightforward 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 an enormous 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 had been in a position to get them into completely 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 plenty of 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 individuals to know we need 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 ideal alternative if I might do that and work with Fox as to why I might do it, and what might we do to assist the animals. They agreed. And I’m deeply appreciative that they allowed me to return and carry out after 16 years and do a enjoyable, entertaining routine that I might then discuss why I used to be there and ask for the general public to grasp we will’t assist everyone. We’re attempting, however we’d like 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 means I knew to do it, was to achieve out by having this unbelievable alternative Fox provided 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 individuals 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 need to, however I gained’t depart my mates in want.

Scarecrow on 'The Masked Singer'

Michael Becker / FOX

You undoubtedly acquired 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 had been actually singers and I begged Fox to let me do what I wanted to do. So right down to the wire, they had been hoping I might change my thoughts, however I knew I couldn’t stroll away from my work, from the inspiration and compete longer. On the time, it might have gone on for one more 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 you need to present the financials, begging for donations. It’s important to present the meals, the medical, water, electrical energy, happiness, pleasure, air-con, warmth. Canine are as near people. They need to have individuals, in order that they’re very needy, the place cats are extra unbiased and horses and livestock are unbiased. However canines are far needier and actually a mirror to individuals to say, “Hey, I would like love and a focus and friendship as properly.” And so they give it again tenfold. They’re right here for us, we’re blessed to have them.

That was the one cause 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 regarded such as you had enjoyable messing with the panelists throughout it.

I did that on objective, my pal. My aim was to have enjoyable, do one thing actually completely 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 might do properly, which was entertain. My essential aim was to actually have enjoyable with the panelists and attempt to get them to go, wait, what?

I don’t personally know everyone. Robin Thicke I’ve recognized since he was seven years outdated. His dad was one in all my finest mates and an unbelievable mentor for me once I was in my 20s and attempting 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 pleased with Robin.

Ken [Jeong] you simply need to mess with. You simply need to. All the things was about going after Ken and having enjoyable, poking enjoyable. Nicole [Scherzinger], among the finest entertainers on this planet, and I’m in awe of her present, 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 a lot, and he or she’s not solely standing, she’s form and goodness.

However Fox is the one that offers everybody the stage to have the ability to do the present, and I like the present. I used to be a fan. It will take me away for an hour every week to neglect the disappointment and the animals within the shelters that wanted out and the way had 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 had been in a position to have enjoyable as a result of the costume didn’t look as tough 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 top 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 had been. What did you consider their guesses?

They had 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 might’t hear very properly. It’s important to 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 all the things I had.

However really this was for the animals. So irrespective of how exhausting it was for me, it’s not as exhausting as it’s for the animals which can be scared and are being put out within the deserts and the streets. That they had a house and perhaps someone handed away from the pandemic, someone misplaced their dwelling, and the animals are out of the blue 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’d like assist.

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

I assumed the clues had been fairly apparent myself. However I believe from the panelists’ standpoint, they’re all the time like, “wait, what?” for every one of many contestants, attempting to concentrate. It’s additionally a present, so it’s enjoyable to make enjoyable guesses. That’s why we all the time snicker 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 folks will say, “You realize what? We acquired it. What can we do to assist?” That’s all I’m asking throughout the nation, is for individuals of their group 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 brought about a lot issue 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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