‘The Challenge’: Did Cara Maria Sorbello Just Allude She’s Not Coming Back?

There are quite a few Challenge competitors who have permanently left their mark on the show, and Cara Maria Sorbello is certainly one of them. Sorbello has won multiple seasons of The Challenge in the past. But she chose to sit season 35, Total Madness, out completely. Now, fans are hoping she’ll be back for season 36 — but an Instagram post suggests she might be keeping her distance from the show. Here’s why.

Cara Maria Sorbello didn’t take part in ‘The Challenge: Total Madness’

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While Sorbello and boyfriend Paulie Calafiore did quite well on War of the Worlds 2, neither of them appeared on Total Madness. And it seems Sorbello believes she lost a part of her identity somewhere along the way.

“For so long, I was, like, you know the money is so good. I can’t say no. I needed a little break for my own sanity and my own happiness, just finding what makes me me again and get my light back,” she told the Watch With Us podcast. And it seems Sorbello may have had some beef with producers. She noted on the podcast that they’d have to “make someone else the bad guy” because she wasn’t taking part in the season.

She’s not the only one who thinks she needed to take a step out of the spotlight, either. Her friend-turned-rival Laurel Stucky told PeopleTV she thinks reality TV is bad for Sorbello. “Her life is the show. And I think that that really turns out to be unhealthy, and it comes across,” Stucky said. “She’s not pleasant to be around when you’re around her.” 

Rumors suggest Sorbello may not be joining season 36

Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio and Cara Maria Sorbello appear on MTV's 'The Challenge: Rivals II' final episode and reunion party
Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio and Cara Maria Sorbello appear on MTV’s ‘The Challenge: Rivals II’ final episode and reunion party | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Now that Sorbello took a season off, she told the Challenge Mania podcast that she’s feeling better than ever. And this likely had fans thinking Sorbello will return for season 36. But recent rumors suggest there might be even bigger obstacles for Sorbello going forward.

On July 23, ex-competitor Jemmye Carroll retweeted a message from the account MTVExposed that appeared to be about Sorbello. The account stated that a “certain male cast member who has a say in production” is “causing unfair treatment” to a popular female competitor. And Carroll stated on Twitter that it was Sorbello.

“Cara and I may not be friends anymore but this is unfair,” Carroll tweeted. “She deserves a seat at the Challenge table more than most castmembers.”

Sorbello may have alluded she’s not coming back to the show on her Instagram

Fans don’t yet know who will be involved with season 36 of the show. But it seems Sorbello may be dropping hints she’s not involved with the season. On July 23, she posted a photo of herself flipping a massive tire on her Instagram. And she had a pun-filled caption that alluded fans won’t be seeing her for awhile.

She wrote, “They see me rollin. And tho it may be a wheel before you see me again… I will never tire. Or flip out. Just gonna burn rubber. Catch you on the flip side my friends.”

Fans showed her nothing but love and support in the comments, too.

“They try to keep those who stand in their way down. But you will rise and they will regret it,” one fan commented. “But keep building yourself mentally and physically, we are still here for you.”

To that, Sorbello answered, “thank you.”

Another wrote, “Missed you on the last season of the challenge, just caught up in the UK and was disappointed your weren’t part of it.”

Sorbello commented again, “good to be missed.”

We’re hopeful Sorbello will take part in season 36, but only time will tell.

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