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WATCH: RuPaul and Cory Booker react to learning they’re related

The two men found out they share similar DNA through testing done as part of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots"

RuPaul on “Finding Your Roots” – Photo: PBS.

RuPaul and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) recently found out they are distant cousins, a revelation that they both seemed happy to discover.

RuPaul recently participated in the latest season of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, a program hosted by Henry Louis Gates that analyzes the ancestry, DNA codes, and familial connections of various celebrities.

Booker had his DNA tested in a previous season, but, due to Gates’s records, the show was able to find a long stretch of identical DNA that the two men share in common.

“He looks like my kin,” RuPaul said during the episode, which aired earlier this month. “There’s a sweetness about him that I’ve always loved and an intellect that is undeniable. But every time I’ve ever seen him, he reminds me of my cousin Yula.”

“There’s a good reason,” Gates told RuPaul, “because you’re related.”

“How about that?” responded the Drag Race host.

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Booker, speaking during an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday, Booker said he “told everybody that would listen in my world” when he found out the news.

“So yeah, my mom knows,” Booker said. “I just, I love RuPaul, and I haven’t had a chance to talk to him since the news was revealed but I was very happy about that news and I hope that he and I can have a family reunion sometime.”

The two distant cousins previously met in person when Booker, appeared on Ru’s talk show RuPaul during his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last year.

Watch RuPaul’s reaction on “Finding Your Roots” below:

Watch Cory’s interview with Wendy Williams below:

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