MTV star Dee Nguyen will no longer appear on future seasons of “The Challenge” following her controversial remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Monday, the official Twitter account for the reality competition series announced the show and its network have “severed ties” with the current cast member.
“As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her,” they said, adding that they will air the rest of the season as planned out of respect for the other contestants.
“We strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice,” they added.
As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her. Out of respect for our Challengers, we'll air our season as planned. We strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice.— challengemtv (@ChallengeMTV) June 9, 2020
After Nguyen — who was part of the winning team on “The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2” — posted a black square in solidarity with #BlackOutTuesday, a social media user criticized her for posting “thirst traps” afterward.
“READ THE ------- ROOM. All you posted was a black square and went about your day and posting lame ass thirst traps. Wake up!!! People are dying. Smh,” the commenter wrote.
In response, Nguyen wrote back, “people die every ------- day. U don’t know me or what I do. I suggest u wake the ---- up and get off social media.”
Additionally, in a since-deleted tweet, Nguyen wrote, “Idk why some of u think I’m anti BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.”
Over the weekend, co-star Bayleigh Dayton posted screenshots of Nguyen’s comments, adding, “THIS IS NOT HOW YOU SUPPORT BLM. I’m disgusted and disappointed. THIS IS NOT A TREND. THIS IS LIFE OR DEATH FOR US. Posting for clout about the death of black people? Shame on you @deenguyenMTV.”
Fellow “The Challenge” star Tula “Big T” Fazakerley alleged in a recent Instagram Story that Nguyen “said she was ‘blacker’ than me because I didn’t know the name of a musician and because she hadn’t seen me fight and be aggressive.”
“I felt like she was trying to make me fit her idea of a ‘stereotype,’” Fazakerley continued. “After seeing her tweets, it just infuriated me even more and felt like I should be honest about my experience.”
Sunday on Twitter, Nguyen posted an apology for her “insensitive tweet.”
I am sorry for the insensitive tweet I posted earlier. I was being defensive and not speaking from my heart. But there’s no excuse. I also want to extend an apology to Bayleigh and Swaggy- who are my cast mates and deserve my respect and compassion.— Dee Nguyen 🖤 (@deenguyenMTV) June 7, 2020
Nguyen posted another mea culpa early Tuesday morning, saying, “Let me be clear, I am a POC that cares about BLM. I believe in this movement and I’m stepping away from social media to focus on my wellbeing and mental health.”