‘The Challenge’: 9 Competitors Banned for Life and 6 That Were Just Put on Pause

The Challenge has seen numerous players come and go since its premiere in 1998. Some of those former Road Rules and Real World stars have become legendary Challenge competitors. While others got themselves into so much trouble, MTV has banned them from competing. Here’s a list of 10 competitors who’ve been banned for life — plus five who were just put on pause.

The Challenge banned star Camila Nakagawa attends MTV's "The Challenge: Rivals II" Final Episode and Reunion Party at Chelsea Studio on September 25, 2013 in New York City
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‘The Challenge’ contestants have been banned for Life

Camila Nakagawa

Known as “The Camilanator” among her peers, Camila was once an extremely popular Challenge player. She competed 13 times and had three wins, but that impressive record was overshadowed by her numerous drunken incidents over the course of several seasons.

According to Jemmye Carroll, Camila received a permanent ban because she punched a production assistant in the face, stole a golf cart, and tried to drive into traffic while drunk after that PA told her to get ready for an interview. The insurance company would no longer “sign off on her liability,” so MTV gave her the boot.

Dee Nguyen

MTV fired Dee from The Challenge in the summer of 2020 after she made some comments on Twitter about the Black Lives Matter movement. The network announced that they had “severed ties” with Dee after receiving backlash from fans on social media, and they edited her out of Total Madness.

“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,” the network said in a statement.

Mattie Lynn Breaux

Mattie appeared on The Challenge via Floribama Shore, not Real World or Road Rules. However, that didn’t prevent MTV from firing her in early 2021. The reason for her termination is unclear. It’s either because she has a habit of using the n-word on social media when quoting song lyrics, or her collection of DUIs.

Stephen Bear

After competing on War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds II, and Total Madness, Shipwrecked: The Island star Stephen Bear hasn’t been invited back. He was accused of having a relationship with an underage girl, and the state of Georgia has pressed charges against him for distributing revenge porn.

Flora Alekseyeun

After filming Battle of the Seasons, Flora got in trouble with production when she attempted to rally a group of Real World alums into demanding more pay for filming the Real World 10th reunion. This didn’t go over well, as MTV essentially removed her from Battle of the Seasons and has banned her from future appearances.

Adam Royer

Adam was a popular Real World alum who ended up getting banned from The Challenge for a couple of different reasons. Ultimately, it was because he punched Ty Ruff and was disqualified from Rivals. And rumor has it, Adam didn’t pass a mental health test ahead of Battle of the Exes.

But none of this should have come as much of a surprise. Adam was kicked off of Real World: Las Vegas for “excessive partying and drinking.” His antics were so bad that MTV lost their relationship with the Hard Rock because of his behavior. 

Dustin Zito

MTV banned Dustin after Battle of the Exes 2 when he was involved in a sexual assault charge.

He later released surveillance footage in an attempt to prove his innocence and clear his name. However, production isn’t interested in Dustin returning to The Challenge.

Turabi “Turbo” Çamkıran

Turbo competed in seasons 33 and 34 of The ChallengeWar of the Worlds and War of the Worlds 2. But he won’t ever be back.  Turbo got so heated during an incident with Jordan Wiseley that he was sent home and DQ’d. After MTV officially banned him, Turbo took his threats to social media and hasn’t competed since.

Kenny Santucci, Evan Starkman, and Tonya Cooley

One of the darkest incidents in Challenge history happened during The Ruins, and it featured Kenny, Evan, and Tonya. She alleged that Kenny and Evan raped her during filming, and filed a lawsuit against MTV that was eventually settled out of court.

However, the details of the case have never been made public. And after the settlement, MTV’s parent company Viacom claimed that Tonya “failed to avoid the injuries of which she complains.  [She] was frequently intoxicated, rowdy, combative, flirtatious and on multiple occasions intentionally exposed her bare breasts and genitalia to other contestants.” 

Kenny and Evan have been banned from competing after the sexual assault allegations, and many of those episodes of The Ruins have been removed from streaming. Meanwhile, Tonya is now banned because she’s viewed as a liability due to her excessive alcohol consumption and the fact she slapped Veronica Portillo multiple times.

Because of Tonya’s drinking issues, production now makes cast members sip on clear liquor that’s dyed funky colors to prevent them from filling up their water bottles with booze.

‘The Challenge’ cast members were ‘Put On Pause’

Natalie Negrotti

Natalie was suspended after throwing glitter on Zach’s bed in War of the Worlds II, which resulted in a costly hospital visit. She hasn’t been officially banned, but Natalie was pretty much edited out of the season and hasn’t been on since.

Paulie Calafiore

The former Big Brother star posted some threats/jokes on social media just before filming the War of the Worlds II reunion back in 2019, and he hasn’t competed since. The speculation is that these threatening posts — plus rumors of a failed psych evaluation — are why MTV has yet to invite Paulie back to compete on The Challenge. But he hasn’t been officially banned.

Nia Moore

Nia Moore and Jordan Wiseley had problems dating back to their time on The Real World: Portland. Things came to a head during Battle of the Exes II when Nia physically and verbally harassed Jordan in the penultimate episode. 

Nia pulled down Jordan’s pants and made an “offensive comment about his masculinity.” Then, she touched him inappropriately and called him a homophobic slur.

After getting kicked off The Challenge, Nia apologized and said she was “sad, embarrassed, and fearful” of how her actions would be perceived. The two have since reconciled and moved forward as friends, but Nia has not been back on the flagship series. She did return for The Challenge: All Stars Season 3.

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Jordan Wiseley

After Nia was temporarily banned by MTV due to her incident with Jordan, fans called out MTV for the perceived hypocrisies in their treatment of contestants. Because of this, MTV opted to temporarily suspend Jordan by not inviting him to compete on Double Agents. Along with Nia, he is currently competing in the spinoff All Stars 3.

Darrell Taylor & Brad Fiorenza

The Ruins was a rough season for numerous reasons, one being the clash on set between Darrell Taylor and Brad Fiorenza. Two of the most legendary players ever got into it when an inebriated Brad antagonized Darrell in the guys’ bedroom. 

But things went from verbal to physical when Brad attacked and started pounding Darrell’s face. The result was a massive, swollen hematoma on Brad’s right eye, and temporary suspensions for both players. They didn’t meet again until All Stars 2.

CT Tamburello 

He may be the GOAT now, but there was a time when MTV kicked CT off the show not once, but twice. The first time was during his brief appearance in The Inferno 3, before any competition took place.  

He was also kicked off of The Duel II after fighting with his former Real World co-star Adam King, which also took place before the competition actually started.

The Challenge Season 38 premieres later this year on MTV.

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