‘The Challenge’ Cory Wharton Not Attending Season 37 Reunion Due to Vaccination Status

Likely due to the record-breaking amount of international players competing in The Challenge 37: Spies, Lies, and Allies, the reunion special the competitors will reportedly film the reunion special in Amsterdam. However, veteran Cory Wharton recently revealed he wouldn’t attend because of his current vaccination status. 

Cory Wharton poses for 'The Challenge: Total Madness' cast photo
‘The Challenge’ star, Cory Wharton | MTV

Cory Wharton not attending season 37 reunion due to vaccination status

Because veteran Cory Wharton doesn’t want to get vaccinated, he will miss The Challenge: Spies, Lies, and Allies reunion special. In a now-deleted tweet, the reality star shared the news to his followers.

“No Challenge reunion for me; they said due to my vaccination status.” He explained. “They really are strong-arming people nowadays,” implying he feels vaccinations are nearly becoming a requirement.

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Many fans responded to his tweet, with some claiming they didn’t care if he attended or not as they think he hasn’t provided any content worthy of being discussed at the reunion. Others thought he should’ve kept his reasoning for passing on the special to himself and not revealed his opinions about choosing not to get vaccinated.

Some viewers bashed the reality star for his decision as his daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, VCLAD. However, others think fans should respect his choice. The discourse around his tweet likely led to the reality star removing it.

Season 37 reunion reportedly taping in Amsterdam

The reunion special will reportedly be taped in Amsterdam, according to a couple of known spoiler accounts.

Therefore, The Challenge stars must abide by recently tightened travel guidelines requiring US citizens to be vaccinated and produce a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Additionally, they must quarantine for at least five to 10 days. While spoiler accounts have revealed the location, it hasn’t announced who will host the special yet. Even though the seasons are typically filmed overseas, the reunions are almost always held in the US.

However, Spies, Lies, and Allies feature a record-breaking number of 16 international players, making up 44% of the cast. For previous reunions, international players would call into the show. It’s unclear if that’s how Cory will appear or if he will sit it out entirely.

He has appeared in four finals throughout nine seasons

After first debuting on Real World: Ex-Plosion, the reality star competed on Battle of the Bloodlines as a rookie, alongside his cousin, Mitch Reid. The two finished second, taking home $37,500.

He returned for Rivals 2 partnered with then-nemesis Ashley Mitchell, but they failed to make the finals. Cory performed better when he came back for Invasion of the Champions, placing third, winning $26,250.

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After a couple of bad appearances in Dirty 30 and Vendettas, Cory had a shot at winning during Final Reckoning teamed up with Devin Walker but got disqualified after getting into a physical altercation with Tony Raines.

Still, he returned for Double Agents and Total Madness, placing third and second respectively, walking away with $50,000. Cory is back for his ninth season, looking for his first win. The Challenge airs Wednesdays at 8/7 Central on MTV.