Owning up. MTV issued an announcement after The Challenge alum Leroy Garrett accused the community of mishandling a racially-charged incident between him and costar Camila Nakagawa in 2017.
“MTV and Bunim/Murray were saddened by Leroy Garrett’s recount of his experience on The Challenge in 2017,” the community mentioned in an announcement obtained by Us Weekly. “We apologize to Leroy who is a beloved member of The Challenge family. While we sought to support the cast and address the incident on air at the time, it’s now clear we didn’t do enough. We have learned from this experience and are continuing to double down on our education programs for all cast and crew to ensure a safe, respectful and inclusive set free of discrimination and harassment in any form.”
Nakagawa, 33, known as Garrett, 36, a “Black motherf–king p–sy” amid a drunken outburst that happened in the course of the Dirty 30 season of the MTV actuality present. She later yelled, “It’s all about Black motherf–kers like that piece of s–t!”
Garrett introduced up the argument the following morning whereas host TJ Lavin was current, and Nakagawa subsequently apologized. Although the Real World: Las Vegas alum hoped his costar could be despatched house for her remarks, Lavin, 44, as an alternative centered on sport speak.
“I thought, ‘What the hell is going on? No one is about to talk about what happened?’ Imagine that,” Garrett recalled in an Instagram video posted on Monday, November 15. “The producers didn’t tell TJ to say something. I have to say something. I was the victim last night and I have to bring up why something happened to me and basically force someone to apologize — someone who wasn’t going to do it on their own. Mindblowing to me.”
Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio defended his good friend in an interview on the time, however the Michigan native was upset that the community didn’t do the identical. “That’s how everyone should feel. MTV, that’s how you should feel,” he mentioned within the Instagram video. “Clearly, you don’t. It’s really heartbreaking and it’s sad. … To know that a network who, at this point, who I’ve given at least seven or eight years to, everything, you guys are basically just recording it. You’re not doing anything to help me. Nothing.”
Garrett claimed that MTV “rewarded [Nakagawa] for being racist and being violent” by permitting her to end the season, which she finally received. He additionally alleged that he was requested if he needed to speak to a therapist after the incident.
“I don’t want to see no damn therapist. I want you guys to do something,” he remembered pondering on the time. “I want you guys to stand up for me — the same person you call every season and I come running, I want you guys to do something for me. Why are you guys not doing anything? I don’t understand. The fear that I had of speaking up. … That’s not a company that loves you.”
Garrett — who retired from the franchise after competing on Double Agents earlier this year — concluded the video by difficult MTV to take motion. “I’m more than open to having a conversation with you about how we can make change happen,” he mentioned. “The ball is in your court. All eyes are on you.”
Nakagawa, for her half, apologized for her previous feedback and revealed in a Tuesday, November 16, Instagram Live that she has been taking “anti-racism courses.”
“I don’t want forgiveness, I’m not the victim. What I did was wrong. It is wrong,” she admitted. “I want to know what I can do. I don’t condone racism and I don’t condone what I did. … From the bottom of my heart, I know Leroy doesn’t care about me, and that’s fine. It’s his right. I probably wouldn’t care about someone that did that to me too. But I always had a special place for him in my heart. I always loved him so much and I don’t even understand why I did what I did. If regret could kill, I’d be dead for sure.”
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