‘The Challenge’: Dee Nguyen Issues Second Statement, Considering Legal Action After Being Fired From MTV
Former The Challenge star Dee Nguyen has issued another statement regarding her controversial comments on Twitter. MTV fired the reality star after she posted a series of insensitive comments about Black Lives Matter (BLM). Although Nguyen is remorseful about what she said on social media, she has hired a legal team and is thinking about taking legal action against MTV for letting her go.
MTV gives Nguyen the boot from ‘The Challenge’
Nguyen found herself in the hot seat over comments she made in reaction to her #BlackoutTuesday post. After a viewer blasted Nguyen for taking advantage of the situation by sharing “lame-ass thirst traps,” Nguyen hit back hard.
“People die every f**king day,” she clapped back. “U don’t know me or what I do. I suggest you wake the f**k up and get off social media.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, The Challenge star went on to tell her followers that she doesn’t understand why so many people think she is against BLM, adding that she has “been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.”
Along with a chorus of backlash from fans, several of Nguyen’s co-stars slammed her on social media. This includes Bayleigh Dayton, who told her that she is “disgusted and disappointed” with her behavior and that she should not have made light of people dying.
“THIS IS NOT A TREND. THIS IS LIFE OR DEATH FOR US. Posting for clout about the death of black people? Shame on you,” she added.
In light of Nguyen’s comments, MTV released a statement announcing that they fired her from the network. MTV still plans on releasing the current season of The Challenge as planned, but Nguyen will no longer be a part of any future seasons.
Nguyen apologizes for her BLM comments
After MTV fired her, Nguyen posted her first apology on Twitter. The reality star assured fans that she was “not speaking” from the heart and that she was “sorry for the insensitive tweet.” She then apologized to Dayton and noted that she will be taking a step back from social media to focus on her “mental health.”
Nguyen later released a longer statement showing further remorse for her comments on Twitter. According to Page Six, Nguyen apologized to MTV and all of her co-stars from The Challenge for what she said, noting that her comments were a “knee jerk of a reaction” that does not reflect her true feelings.
“I want to sincerely apologize to my fellow cast members, the production crew at Bunin-Murray and staff at MTV for my choice of words and actions in the most recent events,” she stated. “What was stated wasn’t meant to be hurtful or discriminatory in any matter, it was a knee jerk of a reaction and it’s certainly not the way that I feel nor what I meant.”
The Challenge star admitted that she would take back her comments in a heartbeat. She also condemned racism in any form and said that, despite the consequences she had to face, she is happy that people spoke out against her post.
While it is clear that Nguyen is sorry about her comments against BLM, she has since hired a team of lawyers to potentially take legal action against MTV.
Is Nguyen suing MTV and ‘The Challenge’?
The Challenge star has hired a team of lawyers to examine her situation to see if she has a valid argument against MTV. According to Page Six, BLVK Management is representing Nguyen and will be releasing a statement once they have reviewed her case.
“An Australian firm with renowned entertainment lawyer Matthew McCormick has been appointed to review the current situation under consultation by BLVK Management,” a rep for Nguyen shared.
The rep went on to say that the firm has not filed a lawsuit against MTV but the lawyers are examining “all aspects of the case” before charting a course of action.
MTV has not said anything in response to the potential lawsuit.
Nguyen rose to fame as a reality TV star in Geordie Shore. Over the years, she has participated in three seasons of MTV’s hit reality competition, The Challenge. This includes appearances in War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds 2, and Total Madness.
Wes Bergmann reveals that he got Nguyen mental help following her comments
While we wait to see what Nguyen does next, her best friend and The Challenge co-star, Wes Bergmann, recently shared his thoughts on her current situation.
Taking to Twitter, Bergmann revealed that he kicked Nguyen out of his house amid the BLM scandal but made sure she got the proper mental health she needed to get through the drama.
“I stand in support of the BLM movement. As evidenced not only by everything I stand for, but everyone I stand with,” Bergmann shared. “What Dee said was absurd, insensitive & wrong. But most of all, it was ignorant.”
Bergmann added that he spent considerable time trying to explain to Nguyen how her comments were wrong and that they made some “progress” before she left.
New episodes of The Challenge — which still feature Nguyen, but have been edited — air Wednesday nights on MTV.