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The Pit Crew, also known as the Scruff Pit Crew, are a group of muscular men who appear on each season of RuPaul's Drag Race. The men of the Pit Crew are typically dressed only in their underwear, assisting RuPaul and contestants in various challenges on the show. They usually have no dialogue on the show, mainly appearing as "eye candy" for viewers and contestants. Occasionally, they appear in RuPaul's music videos or promos for the show.

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History

Originally, the Pit Crew began as being two black men though the lineup has changed and expanded throughout the seasons to include more members of different races and ethnicities.

Season 1

They first appeared on Season 1 of the show as a group of muscular black men who would help the contestants in challenges. They were first utilized in the show's very first mini-challenge, where they dumped buckets of water on contestants for a car wash themed photoshoot. Two of the men also appeared in the music video for RuPaul's song " Cover Girl (Put The Bass In Your Walk)".

Season 2

Season 2 brought completely new members, including bodybuilder and model Max "The Body" Philisaire, and model Emanuel Palmer. The two men first appeared on Episode 1, where they posed with contestants next to a cannon for a " Gone with the Wind" themed photoshoot.

Season 3

In Season 3, they received a complete overhaul and two new members; model Jason Carter, and Latino go-go dancer Shawn Morales. Morales became the first non-African-American man to join the Pit Crew. The two first appeared on the Season 3 casting special during a segment featuring auditions for the new Pit Crew, where different types of men were shown dancing and taking off their clothes auditioning for a spot. Carter and Morales became the two men who were chosen to become the new Pit Crew. The two continued where they last left off, assisting RuPaul and contestants in the show's challenges. The two would also go on to appear in RuPaul's music video for the song " Champion", and would remain with the show until Morales was axed before Season 7 began.

Season 4 and 5

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In Seasons 4 and 5, they would occasionally be temporarily expanded to include several men for certain challenges. In Episode 6 of Season 4, they included several men dressed as scantily clad sailors holding "wave" cut-outs and dancing in the background during the main challenge (Carter, Morales and Kirk being among those men).

In Season 5 Episode 8, they temporarily expanded to include not only Carter and Morales but several male models in a version of "Memory Game" where the men would pull their pants down and the queens had to pair two models among a group of 22 with the same underwear.

Season 6

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For Season 6, the Pit Crew is renamed the "Scruff Pit Crew" in a sponsorship deal with the smartphone dating app "Scruff". The group also expanded to include two new members, Miles Davis Moody and Simon Sherry-Wood, who would join Carter and Morales. The four men would either all appear on the same episode or would take turns and appear two at a time on certain episodes depending on the challenges. Ryan Kirk also made a special appearance on Episode 9 "Queens of Talk".

Season 7 and 8

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For Season 7, the group returned to its original name and featured the return of Jason Carter and Miles Davis Moody, along with a brand new member, Bryce Eilenburg, who replaced Shawn Morales and Simon Sherry-Wood.

Season 8 features the same members as Season 7.

Season 9

For Season 9, Miles Davis Moody left.

Season 10

For Season 10, Shawn Morales made a special appearance on Episode 4 "The Last Ball on Earth".

Holi-Slay Spectacular

For RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular, Matt Marr, who appeared on Season 10, Episode 12 "American", and Shawn Morales served as one of the Pit Crew members alongside many other honorary members.

All Stars 4 - Season 11

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For All Stars 4 and Season 11, the group featured two new members, Bruno Carvalho and Wilson Lai, alongside with Jason Carter, Shawn Morales and Bryce Eilenburg.

Season 12 - Season 13

For Season 12, Shawn Morales and Wilson Lai left the Pit Crew.

All Stars 6 -

For All Stars 6, Jason Carter left the Pit Crew and the lineup has stayed the same since then.

Current Members

Picture of the current lineup of the Pit Crew
(from left to right): Bruno, Jason and Bryce

(Season 7 - Season 10, All Stars 4 - )
Bryce is an aerospace engineer and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. Eilenberg is originally from Dana Point, California. He made his first appearance during Season 7, and is the first ginger-haired man to join. Additionally, he is the first heterosexual member since Season 2.

(All Stars 4 - )
Bruno is a 30-year-old Brazillian model. He is the newest member of the Pit Crew, strutted into the workroom on the All Stars 4 premiere.

Past Members

(Season 1)
Kenyon is a male model, actor, and original member from Season 1. He appears in the music video for RuPaul's song "Covergirl (Put The Bass in Your Walk)".

(Season 1)
Keon is a male model, actor, and original member from Season 1.

(Season 2)
Emanuel is a male model who appeared only on Season 2.

(Season 2)
Max is a male model, body builder, and personal trainer who appeared only on Season 2.

(Season 3 - 6, Season 10 - Season 11 )
Shawn Richard Morales was born on July 21, 1978. Shawn is a gogo dancer, event planner and male model from Walnut, California who appeared in the Pit Crew for 4 seasons. Shawn is of Puerto Rican, German, and Cherokee heritage. He first appeared on Season 3 on RuPaul's Drag Race and was the first non-African-American man to join. Before RuPaul's Drag Race, Shawn appeared on the MTV dating show "Dismissed" in 2001, where he went on a date with two men and had to choose between the two. Shawn was a popular member and a fan favorite on the show before his last appearance on Season 6. He recently made an appearance on the second season of DRAGULA in 2017, RuPaul's Holi-slay Spectacular and All-Stars Season 4 (appearing in two episodes) in 2018.

(Season 3 - Season 10, All Stars 4 - Season 13)
Jason is a male model, internet show host and current member from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jason first appeared on Season 3 of the show and is the longest remaining member, appearing on the show for over 10 seasons. Jason has an older brother who is in the military. Currently, he is dating a volunteer firefighter, also named Jason, and has been seeing him for over four years.

(Season 4, Season 6)
Ryan is a male GoGo Dancer who appeared only Season 4 and Season 6.

(Season 6)
Simon is an Irish male model from Dublin, Ireland. Simon was a cast member of the " The Real World: Paris". Simon joined the on Season 6 where it was renamed the "Scruff Pit Crew". Simon did not return for Season 7.

(Season 6 - All Stars 2)
Miles is a male model of Russian decent, who first appeared as a temporary honorary member on Season 5, Episode 8, where he was among 22 male models who pulled their pants down during a mini-challenge. Miles became a permanent and official member on Season 6, where the Pit Crew was renamed the "Scruff Pit Crew". Miles appears as a singer on select songs on the "RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz" and "RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2" compilation albums.

(Season 10 - Holi-Slay)
Matt is ana dancer who appeared on So You Think You Can Dance Canada's fourth and final Season. He also appeared on Season 10, Episode 12 and Holi-Slay.

(All Stars 4 - Season 11)

Honorary Members

Occasionally on some seasons, the Pit Crew is temporarily expanded to feature honorary members who only appear for one episode to assist in the mini or main challenge of the day. The following are some notable Honorary Members:

  • Brent Corrigan - A former gay adult film actor and male model for Christian Andrew underwear. Brent appeared on Season 5, Episode 8 "Scent of a Drag Queen".
  • Kurt Madison - A male model appeared on Season 5, Episode 8 "Scent of a Drag Queen".
  • Alex Sanchez - A male model for Christian Andrew underwear. Alex appeared on Season 5, Episode 8 "Scent of a Drag Queen".
  • Ronnie Kroell - A male model and actor originally from Chicago, IL. Ronnie appeared as a contestant on Season 1 of the Bravo reality TV series "Make Me a Supermodel" where he was a Runner-Up. He also posed full frontal in Playgirl magazine where he was featured on the cover and as a centerfold. Ronnie appeared on Season 5, Episode 8 "Scent of a Drag Queen".
  • Eric East - A male model and gay adult film actor of Chinese descent. Eric appeared on Season 6, Episode 9 "Drag Queens of Talk".
  • Jacob Hoxsey - Male model appeared in Season 7 during the "Monster in your pants" challenge of episode 6 "Ru Hollywood Stories"
  • Valentino Vladimirov - A dancer. Valentino appeared on Season 9, Episode 12 "Category Is".
  • Laith Ashley - Model, actor, and singer who has the distinction of being the first-ever trans member of the Pit Crew. Appeared on Season 10, Episode 9: "Breastworld".
  • Jake DuPree - Dancer, burlesque performer, and fitness instructor/host appeared in the Finale Episode of All Stars 3.
  • Mark Manio - Model and social media influencer on Season 11, Episode 10: "Dragracadabra".
  • Yadier Despaigne - Yadier appeared on Season 9, Episode 5 "Reality Stars: The Musical".
  • Jared North - Jared appeared on Season 9, Episode 5 "Reality Stars: The Musical".

Members Timeline

Photo Member S1 S2 S3 S4 AS1 S5 S6 S7 S8 AS2 S9 AS3 S10 Holi-Slay AS4 S11 S12 Celebrity AS5 S13 AS6
Kenyon Glover.jpg Kenyon Glover
(Season 1)
Keon Hunt.jpg Keon Hunt
(Season 1)
Preston Taylor.jpg Preston Taylor
(Season 1)
Emmanuel Palmer 3.jpg Emanuel Palmer
(Season 2)
Max philisaire 3.jpg Max "The Body" Philisaire
(Season 2)
Shawn-Morales.jpg Shawn Morales
(Season 3 – 6, Season 10 - Season 11)
Jason-Carter.jpg Jason Carter
(Season 3 - Season 10, All Stars 4 - Season 13)
Ryan Kirk 00.png Ryan Kirk
(Season 4, Season 6)
Miles-Davis-Moody.jpeg Miles Davis Moody
(Season 6 - All Stars 2)
Simon-Sherry-Wood.jpg Simon Sherry-Wood
(Season 6)
Bryce-Eilenberg.jpg Bryce Eilenberg
(Season 7 - Season 10, All Stars 4 - )
Matt Marr.jpg Matt Marr
(Season 10 - Holi-Slay)
Wilson.jpeg Wilson Lai
(All Stars 4 - Season 11)
Bruno.jpg Bruno Alcantara
(All Stars 4 - )

Music

In 2014, a compilation album titled RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz was released on iTunes and Amazon. The album featured covers of RuPaul's songs by Season 6 contestants and by two members of the Pit Crew. One of the tracks - an outtake from the album Champion titled "Let's Turn the Night" - was reproduced with new vocals from Pit Crew members Jason Carter and Miles Davis Moody.

World of Wonder also produced a music video for the Pit Crew's song "Let's Turn the Night", which also promoted RuPaul's fragrance Glamazon, released as part of a limited edition make-up line with Colorevolution Cosmetics.

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