‘The Challenge’: Jordan Wiseley Says He Was Never Suspended From the Show: ‘Priorities Change’
The Challenge champ Jordan Wiseley won three straight seasons before getting knocked out early in Total Madness. The competitor has yet to return, and many viewers believe it’s due to a suspension he received from MTV because of controversial resurfaced clips. After remaining quiet on the rumors, Wiseley recently addressed them, denying he ever got suspended.
Jordan Wiseley has won three seasons of ‘The Challenge’
In 2013, The Real World: Portland star Jordan Wiseley debuted on The Challenge: Rivals II alongside nemesis Marlon Williams. However, the two put their problems behind them and ended up finishing third, earning $8,000.
After a decision to compete against Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio backfired, he came back for Battle of the Sexes II and won, taking home $125,000.
He returned for Dirty 30 and War of the Worlds 2, winning both before then-rookie Fessy Shafaat sent him home early in Total Madness. While season 35 aired, Dee Nguyen made insensitive comments regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, resulting in her dismissal from the series and removal from the remaining episodes.
Some viewers didn’t agree with her firing and began resurfacing content from other Challengers they wanted MTV to cut as well.
Wiseley under fire for resurfaced clip of him mocking Black co-star
As a result, clips from Wiseley’s time on The Real World where he used racial epithets resurfaced. In one scene, he got into a heated argument with new roommate Nia Moore, who is African-American, and jumped around making monkey noises at her while repeating the “n-word.”
Following the fight, Wiseley described the altercation to someone on the phone, where he admitted his wrongdoings. After the episode aired, Moore called Wiseley a “closeted racist” and claimed he specifically referred to her as a “monkey n***a.”
During a post-season interview with Afterbuzz TV, the Oklahoma native insisted he thought the word had nothing to do with the race but described a person’s behavior.
After the clips resurfaced, Wiseley did an Instagram Live with Moore, who vouched for him, claiming they’ve since moved on.
Wiseley claims MTV never suspended him
According to a couple of insiders, MTV had a meeting with Wiseley following Nguyen’s firing, where they suspended him up for a couple of seasons. He then stayed home for Double Agents while Tori Deal, his fiance at the time, returned.
Therefore, many viewers believed he did receive a suspension for the resurfaced clips. However, he denied it in a Feb. 2021 Instagram comment. Replying to a fan, the three-time champ insisted the show never suspended him.
Instead, he claimed Deal wanted to compete a few more times before settling down and having children. Therefore, they planned on going back together to “secure the bag before leaving for good.”
However, he noted “priorities change” as the plan didn’t work out because the couple ended up splitting. Following the breakup, Deal revealed they were going through a rocky time before she flew out to film season 36.
Therefore, Wiseley likely stayed home so viewers and other competitors wouldn’t sense the cracks in their relationship instead of not competing due to a suspension. The Challenge 36 airs Wednesdays at 8/7 Central on MTV.