‘The Challenge 37’: Nam Vo on Deactivation From the Game: ‘I Was Absolutely Devasted’
German-based Ultimate Beastmaster 1 star Nam Vo stole viewers’ hearts last season when he debuted on The Challenge: Double Agents. However, he went home early due to an injured back. The 29-year-old returned for Spies, Lies, and Allies, but host T.J. Lavin revealed his disqualification near the end of the premiere episode. Vo spoke on his second premature exit from the reality competition series in a recent Instagram post.
Nam Vo debuted on ‘The Challenge: Double Agents’
29-year-old Ultimate Beastmaster 1 star Nam Vo debuted as a rookie on MTV’s The Challenge: Double Agents (2021). Partnered with Olympic track star and reality television personality Lolo Jones, the two initially seemed like the team to beat.
The pair stood out as one of the most physically fit duos, and they had a budding romance at the beginning of the season.
However, they had difficulty communicating during daily missions, annoying Jones, who wanted to win and throw herself into elimination to earn her skull, which the players needed for the final, and switch partners.
Believing the others refused to give her the opportunity to compete in an elimination, Jones ultimately quit, opting to return to her Olympic training. Shortly after, Vo injured his back, disqualifying him.
He briefly returned for ‘Spies, Lies, and Allies’
The German native returned for the following season, Spies, Lies, and Allies, this time without Jones. To start, he and the other international players had to find a chained-up American they wanted to work with and set them free before completing the rest of the mission together.
Vo chose rookie Michele Fitzgerald, a former Survivor champ, and the two finished middle of the pack. Even though the premiere episode heavily featured her, who found herself thrown under the bus by another rookie from Survivor, Michaela Bradshaw, her partner was omitted entirely.
After Fitzgerald won the elimination, host T.J. Lavin revealed Vo was disqualified from the show for the second time in a row. However, he didn’t address why the German native was deemed ineligible to continue.
Vo addresses his exit in Instagram post
Following The Challenge 37 episode 3, the two-time competitor touched on his early exit in a lengthy Instagram caption. Alongside a black and white photo of himself shirtless with his hand on his head, Vo explained he didn’t want to reveal why he left but appreciates “all the support and love messages.”
Referring to why he had to exit the show, the reality star called it “one of the hardest times” he experienced and “was absolutely devastated and heartbroken.”
However, Vo noted he “survived” and “recovered” and will continue because he refuses to “give up,” regardless of what he goes through. He closed with, “something bad which makes you humble is much better than an achievement which makes you arrogant.”
Other cast members, including veteran Josh Martinez, rookies Corey Lay and Kelz Dyke, and The Challenge: Aftermath host Devyn Simone, replied with their support. The Challenge 37: Spies, Lies, and Allies airs Wednesdays at 8/7 Central on MTV.