MTV cuts ties with Taylor Selfridge after her tweets, which many perceive to be racially insensitive, resurface.
In a statement to People, the network confirms that Selfridge and boyfriend Cory Wharton’s special, “Teen Mom OG at Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special” was pulled Tuesday night and replaced with an episode of “Catfish.”
“MTV pulled ‘Teen Mom OG at Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special’ from its Tuesday schedule and is ending our relationship with Taylor Selfridge in light of her past racist statements on social media,” a spokesperson told the outlet. “MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice.”
Per screenshots posted by Instagram account @_noturproblem, Selfridge tweeted in 2013, “My uncle is dating an Asian. Aunt Ping please make me sushi.”
In a 2012 tweet, Selfridge quoted someone, possibly a co-worker, who apparently said, “We have to greet everyone at work but sometimes I won’t greet the black people cause they scare me.”
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Selfridge apologized for her comments, but also took a jab at MTV, who she believes is “selective in who they apply rules to.”
“As you guys know already our special didn’t air tonight. I made the decision last week to not film the next season of ‘Teen Mom OG’ with Cory for the benefit of myself and my daughter,” she wrote. “I don’t believe the reality tv lifestyle benefits me any further at this point in my life. With current events being what they are and reality tv being selective in who they apply rules to or what is considered acceptable behavior, I do not have any further respect.”
She continued, “Once again, I apologize for anyone I have hurt or offended in the past. I have addressed my mistakes many times on the network and I would like to move on and continue to be the best version of myself. My past does not define who I am today and I hope you guys can see the change. Please respect my decision to provide a normal, healthy life for my family.”
Selfridge previously apologized for her past comments in a Season 8 episode of “Teen Mom OG.”
“At the time, because I was younger, I wasn’t thinking it was anything negative. I thought ‘Oh, this is funny’ or something like that, but it’s not,” she said on-camera. “This happened a long time ago.”
In April, Selfridge and Wharton welcomed their first child together, daughter Mila Mae. Wharton also shares daughter Ryder, 3, with fellow “Teen Mom OG” star Cheyenne Floyd.
Selfridge has also appeared on “Are You the One?” and “Ex on the Beach.”
Earlier this week, fellow MTV personality Dee Nguyen, who appears on “The Challenge,” was fired for her controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter movement.