The Masked Singer had its very first self-elimination on Wednesday night (Sept. 30) when the Gremlin surprised viewers at home by unmasking himself.
Partially due to the understandably unbearable heat in the fuzzy grey costume, the Gremlin is heard in the clip below telling host Nick Cannon, “I want to take this off right now.”
He then lifts up his mask to reveal former boxer, actor and screenwriter Mickey Rourke to the surprise of judges Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy. “This is a ‘Masked Singer’ first,” Cannon said. “We didn’t get to vote, the other people didn’t get to come out. Mickey said, ‘Dammit, it’s hot. I’m taking it off.’”
When asked why he did The Masked Singer, Rourke replied, “I was in the neighborhood. I like the show, I watched four episodes and they asked if I’d be interested so I watched from the very beginning and all that s—.”
Rourke is the second contestant to be eliminated from this season’s The Masked Singer. Last week, the Dragon was revealed to be Busta Rhymes.
Watch the Gremlin unmasking below.