Over the years, we’ve seen Challenge competitors fade out of the public eye. Many of them have moved on to better opportunities or have lost interest in the show. For a select few, the choice was not there own.
Some people have done things so bad that they’re no longer welcome on the show. In some instances, this is production’s choice. For others, their departure may have been legally required.
If we’re being quite honest, some of these people could return. They’re on the list because their actions are currently inconsistent with MTV’s direction. Perhaps MTV have only put them in a time-out, and they might be given an invitation back to the show if they show change.
Based on the All Stars 3 cast, it seems like some of the restrictions don’t apply to Paramount+.
These people won’t be back.
After filming Battle of the Seasons, Flora tried to rally together a group of Real Worlders to demand more pay for filming the Real World Tenth Reunion. Production didn’t take kindly to this effort, prevented her from appearing on future shows, and mostly removed her from Battle of the Seasons.
As part of sexual assault allegations during The Ruins, Kenny and Evan are no longer permitted to compete on The Challenge. This is also the reason some episode of The Challenge are absent from streaming services, particularly in the middle of The Ruins.
Same as Kenny. Both were involved in sexual assault allegations.
While Tonya isn’t legally banned from The Challenge, she pressed charges after appearing on The Ruins. Production views her as a liability, especially due to her alcohol consumption during The Ruins. If you ever see the cast sipping on alcohol that’s dyed funky colors, this is why. Production didn’t want cast members filling water bottles with booze so they dyed clear liquors.
Despite his popularity on The Real World, MTV lost their relationship with the Hard Rock in Vegas due to Adam’s antics. Allegedly, Adam was invited onto Battle of the Exes but production implemented a mental health test and he did not pass.
Vinny was removed from Battle of the Exes after he ripped off Mandi’s top at the club. This was around the time the Tonya scandal was emerging in the news, and it was awful publicity for the show.
After Battle of the Exes 2, Dustin was involved in a sexual assault charge. He later released surveillance footage to demonstrate his innocence, but production doesn’t want him on the show despite his efforts to clear his name.
Despite what the current narrative will lead you to believe, Camila is not banned for her racist tirade on Dirty Thirty. Remember, she was invited onto Champs vs. Stars after that season finished filming. Camila is banned from the show because she assaulted production while filming Champs vs. Pros.
Eddie was quietly removed from Vendettas without getting any real recognition. Allegedly, there was some type of abuse in his relationship with Alicia production was unaware of (whether it be physical, emotional, or mental). Production knows he’s not worth the risk.
We all know Dee was edited out of Total Madness due to her insensitive comments during the Black Lives Matter movement. After making such a public announcement regarding her firing, MTV won’t want to have her back.
Mattie Lynn Breaux
Early into 2021, Mattie went on Instagram and announced she was let go from MTV. This is in regards to her appearances on both The Challenge and Floribama Shore. It’s unclear whether this is due to her use of the n-word on social media when quoting song lyrics or because of her collection of DUIs.
Stephen Bear wasn’t invited onto Season 36, likely due to the allegations that he had a relationship with an underaged girl. Now that Georgia has pressed charges against him for distributing revenge porn, he won’t be back on The Challenge.
During Spies, Lies and Allies, Lauren was removed for allegedly making racially insensitive comments. While these were omitted from the show, Lauren spoke publicly about the incident. Her comments weren’t necessarily grounds for a permanent ban, but she’s such an unfamiliar face that production won’t bother with her again.
These people aren’t getting invited onto the show because of their actions. MTV could have a change of heart in the future.
After Final Reckoning and War of the Worlds, Shane posted online regarding the misogyny and discrimination in production. He has also specially called out producers by name. This is likely a firm ban, but production and shift around so you never know.
Production was unhappy with her after she threw glitter in Zach’s bed on War of the Worlds. It resulted in a costly hospital visit. While she hasn’t really been banned for this, she was edited out of War of the Worlds for the most part and hasn’t been on a season since.
After posting some somewhat-threatening somewhat-joking threats on social media prior to the War of the Worlds 2 reunion, Paulie did not get the call for seasons 35 or 36. He may never get another call to be on The Challenge, but it doesn’t seem he’ll be formally banned.
During the filming of War of the Worlds 2, old pictures of Georgia posing in black face surfaced online. She apologized, but she hasn’t been seen since.
Natalie Ninja Duran
It’s unclear if she’s really banned from the show, likely not, but she did post some racially insensitive tweets years ago. Challenge fans brought those tweets to light while Ninja was on the show.
After Dee was banned, fans of The Challenge pointed out the hypocrisies between her treatment and the treatment of other cast members. Jordan was not invited onto Double Agents due to this. He will likely be called again in the future, as he did return to the show between his racist tirade on Real World Portland and Dee’s ban.
Years before debuting on The Challenge, Rogan posted some racially-insensitive and homophobic tweets. Even while he was on MTV he engaged in transphobic rhetoric online. He has since apologized, but was not on Season 36.
Apparently, Julie accepted a call for the OG Challenge. Then she was removed from the cast because she tampered with Veronica’s safety harness on The Inferno in 2003. Odd reason to ban her, considering she was cast for Inferno 2 and Gauntlet 2.
After Double Agents, a series of tweets emerged from 2011-2012 where she made racially-charged jokes and used the n-word.
Cara Maria Sorbello
After War of the Worlds 2, production seemed to snub Cara Maria and Paulie. Then, she discussed casting and production rumors with fans and took to Instagram to share her casting struggles.
Five years before Spies, Lies, and Allies, Emy did the Romanian X Factor where she rapped Only by Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, and Drake. She sang the chorus, including the n-word. This got her dropped from Season 38, and will likely prevent her from coming back.
Ashley’s absence on season 38 indicates that she’s likely being punished for her insensitive comments on Spies, Lies and Allies. However, many fans have speculated that production omitted the comments to protect her image and invite her back in the future.
Has Anyone Ever Returned from a Ban?
Yes! CT was “banned” after The Duel 2 because multiple cast members did not want to appear with him after his violent outburst against Adam. Of course, production knew CT was valuable for viewership but he wasn’t on The Ruins or Fresh Meat 2. They tested the waters on Cutthroat bringing him in as a Heavy Hitter. This led to him appearing on Rival with Adam, but production allegedly told Adam he’d be paired with CT prior to filming so he knew what he was getting into.
Cory was also put on probation from The Challenge after he body slammed Tony on Final Reckoning and shoved Cameron on Ex on the Beach. They wanted him to focus more on Teen Mom, but we can clearly see he returned to the show after two seasons away.
Allegedly production wasn’t happy with Kailah and Melissa after their fights on Final Reckoning. I don’t think they were banned (Kailah was allegedly an alternate for War of the Worlds 2), but it certainly didn’t help their chances of getting cast.
On Season 38, after successfully performing and reconciling on All Stars 3, Jordan and Nia were invited to be part of the cast. Nia had been blacklisted due to her inappropriate touching on Exes 2, while Jordan was not invited onto the Total Madness reunion and Double Agents due to prior racially-motivated comments made. However, Nia had to back out at the last minute because she had lung issues credited to vaping and Jordan was flown in as an alternate.
After getting kicked off of War of the Worlds 2, production was hesitant to bring back Turbo. However, the took the risk on season 38, ending his temp-ban.