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MTV ‘severs ties’ with Geordie Shore star over offensive tweet

Updated: Jun 16



MTV has cut ties with Geordie Shore and The Challenge star Dee Nguyen, following offensive Black Lives Matter comments she made on Twitter. The 27-year-old has issued an apology after the insensitive remarks she made on social media, but MTV confirmed that they have severed ties with the Aussie, despite her starring on the current series of The Challenge. A statement read: ‘As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her. ‘Out of respect for our Challengers, we’ll air our season as planned. We strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice.’



In a now deleted tweet, Dee wrote: ‘IDK why some of you think I’m anti-BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.’ And in response to critique about her posting ‘thirst traps’ after sharing a black square on Blackout Tuesday, Ms Nguyen allegedly commented: ‘People die every f***ing day. U don’t know me or what I do. I suggest u wake the f*** up and get off social media.’



Her MTV co-star Bayleigh Dayton shared her tweets and wrote: ‘THIS IS NOT HOW YOU SUPPORT BLM. I’m disgusted and disappointed. THIS IS NOT A TREND. THIS IS LIFE OR DEATH FOR US. Posting for clout about the death of black people? Shame on you @deenguyenMTV.’ And Bayleigh’s husband Christopher ‘Swaggy C’ Williams called Dee a ‘cultural appropriator’, tweeting: ‘Dee acts like a villain on social media then calls every cast member crying her eyes out EVERY DAY saying she’s struggling & the fans hate her and she has to “play the part of a b****.”  ‘Fakest person on the cast by far. Does everything for clout.’ Dee – who appeared on Geordie Shore in 2018 – went on to apologise on Twitter, writing: ‘I am sorry for the insensitive tweet I posted earlier. I was being defensive and not speaking from my heart. But there’s no excuse. I also want to extend an apology to Bayleigh and Swaggy- who are my cast mates and deserve my respect and compassion. ‘BLM to me every day. I’m trying to do the best I can with what is currently accessible to me.’



In a longer statement, she wrote: ‘The last 24 hrs have made me realise what is important and that is forgiveness. I would like to offer my sincerest apology to my colleagues to whom I have hurt directly and indirectly due to my insensitive remarks. ‘Let me be clear I am a POC that care about BLM. I believe in this movement and Im stepping away from social media to focus on my wellbeing and mental health. ‘This is not a goodbye, it’s a I will see you again. To my fans thank you for believing in me and for your support. It helps. I see every single one of you and I remember your stories. Stay strong and safe my friends.’