AceShowbiz - Season 35 of "The Challenge" will be going forward without cast member Dee Nguyen. MTV has decided to cut ties with her following insensitive comments she made about the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
"As a result of Dee Nguyen's offensive comments about the Black Lives Matter movement, MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions have severed ties with her," MTV and Bunim/Murray said in a joint statement. "Out of respect for the competition and other Challengers, MTV will air the season as planned. Dee Nguyen will not appear in the reunion to be filmed at a later date. MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice."
Nguyen was under fire over now-deleted tweets which read, "Idk why some of u think I'm anti BLM. I've been saying that since the day I lost my virginity." Additionally, she allegedly wrote in an Instagram comment underneath post about George, "People die every f***ing day."
Among the most vocal critics were Nguyen's fellow "The Challenge" cast members. "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," Bayleigh Dayton blasted Nguyen.
Meanwhile, Swaggy C claimed, "Dee acts like a villain on social media then calls every cast member crying her eyes out EVERY DAY saying she's struggling & the fans hate her and she has to 'play the part of a b***h.' Fakest person on the cast by far." He also accused Nguyen of using the Black Lives Matter movement "for clout."
Following the backlash, Nguyen apologized on Instagram on Tuesday, June 9. "The last 24hrs have made me realised what is important and that is forgiveness," she shared. "I would like to offer my sincerest apology to my colleagues to whom I have hurt directly and indirectly due to my insensitive remarks. 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. This is not a goodbye, it's a I will see you again."
"To my fans thank you for believing in me and for your support. It helps. I see every single one of you and I remember your stories. Stay strong and safe my friends," she concluded.