Things at MTV are a mess, and the network hasn’t shown love to its (debatably) flagship show: The Challenge.
Late last week, Drew Barrymore pulled out of her hosting duties for the show — a gig she was heavily promoting — to support the Writers Guild strike. Many guests followed her stance, and before the show was set to film, MTV decided to cancel the live show and air a clip show instead.
Ironically, Drew Barrymore won Best Host, but The Challenge wasn’t so lucky. The long-running MTV staple lost in the Best Competition Series and Best Reality On-Screen Team categories.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars won Best Competition Series, and this one makes some sense to me. The franchise’s main show now airs on MTV, though the All-Stars version is reserved for Paramount+. Still, RuPaul’s Drag Race has been a great addition to MTV in terms of ratings.
However, Devin & Tori lost Best Reality On-Screen Team to the Vanderpump Rules cast. This is a bit odd, because it’s a Bravo show, but MTV isn’t exactly known for putting effort into promoting its own shows.
Devin took to Instagram to call the show “Vanderpump sucks,” and it’s nice to see someone kinda-sorta cares about the award. Beyond that, there hasn’t been much chatter about the losses.
Drew Barrymore is expected to host the 2024 award show when she can truly celebrate the achievements of winners. And now that the show is over, MTV is wasting no time getting back to its favorite clip show: Ridiculousness.