The Challenge’s Taylor Selfridge is the latest reality star to have ties cut with their network. As a result of past racial statements, MTV has decided to end it’s relationship with Selfridge.
“MTV pulled ‘Teen Mom OG At Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special,’ showcasing the birth of Taylor and Cory Wharton’s baby girl, from its Tuesday schedule and is ending our relationship with Taylor Selfridge in light of her past racist statements on social media,” an MTV spokesperson told E! News. “MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice.”
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The statement comes after MTV pulled the airing of Teen Mom OG At Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special, scheduled to air on Tuesday, June 9. Selfridge has appeared on many MTV reality shows including Are You the One?, Ex on the Beach and Teen Mom OG. The special was the latest project the two parties collaborated on.
Taylor shared her thoughts on her Instagram story, according to E! news. She has since made her Instagram account private.
“As you guys know already our special didn’t air tonight,” she wrote. “I made the decision last week to not film the next season of teen mom OG with Cory for the benefit of myself and my daughter. I don’t believe the reality tv lifestyle benefits me any further at this point in my life. With current events being what they are and reality tv being selective in who they apply rules to or what is considered acceptable behavior, I do not have any further respect.”
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She continued, “Once again, I apologize for anyone I have hurt or offended in the past. I have addressed my mistakes many times on the network and I would like to move on and continue to be the best version of myself. My past does not define who I am today and I hope you guys can see the change. Please respect my decision to provide a normal, healthy life for my family.”
The backlash occurred after after racially offensive tweets from 2012 resurfaced. As she mentioned in her Instagram story, Selfridge had previously apologized for those comments in a conversation with Cheyenne Floyd, Wharton’s ex, on season 8 of Teen Mom OG.
“At the time, because I was younger, I wasn’t thinking it was anything negative. I thought ‘Oh, this is funny’ or something like that, but it’s not,” she said.”This happened a long time ago.”