Fans of “The Challenge” may not remember Lauren Coogan because she was cast on “Spies, Lies and Allies,” but was removed from the show in episode two and cut from almost every scene before she quit. While the “Love Island” star briefly addressed her exit and said she was “gaslit and scapegoat”, her co-stars have so far been silent about her removal from the show.
At the time of her exit, Challenge insider account, PinkRose, reported that Lauren was removed after she was accused of making a racially insensitive comment to Aneesa Ferreira, CheatSheet wrote, but Lauren wrote on Twitter that there was “no truth” about the rumor and that MTV did not publish a statement on the situation. However, on October 10, season 37 performer Corey Lay went on social media accusing Lauren of being racist.
His callout followed a drama video in which Fessy Shafaat got close to another woman after a live event “Challenge Mania” circulated online in Florida. Amanda Garcia, who saw Fessy, hit him in a series of tweets and also implicated Corey Lay, who was partying with Fessy and other “Challenge” stars that night. One fan wrote that “Corey Lay was merrily moved” and Lauren liked the tweet, which sparked Corey:
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While tweeting about his Tampa night out, Corey tweeted that Lauren liked comments about him being dodgy: “This woman wasn’t the one who started The Challenge because she’s racist and likes dodgy tweets about me. Worry about you @LaurenCoogan. ”A fan asked why he was only now deciding to get in touch, and he replied,“ Because she felt the need to be unprovoked towards me. She has no reason to ever get me. “
Then he explained, “This woman who was kicked off the show was also trying to minimize how important it was to me to be a queer black man on The Challenge because we are severely underrepresented. She told me whole-heartedly not to make my ‘story’ about being gay. ”He added that the cast“ protected ”Lauren by not talking about what happened:
Corey explained that being gay will always be part of his “storyline” because it is important for him to show himself to the world and try to be a role model for others in the queer black community. A now deleted tweet from someone asked Corey, “Are you Aneesa? No? Then don’t talk about Lauren if you weren’t even there to hear the alleged comment. “
Corey replied quickly that he was in the same room as the two of them. Someone asked, “So how come production checked the footage and found nothing? Explain that? Did Lauren go in front of the cameras and cut that out or what? Corey replied that he can’t speak for production and has no idea what went on behind the scenes.
On one final comment on the situation, Corey tweeted about the National Coming Out Day and wrote: “Thank god I didn’t listen to people like that @LaurenCoogan When I was 14 years old, I struggled to accept my sexuality. I came out and now live LOUD and OPEN to any queer person who can’t. Some people end their lives struggling with it and I am never silenced. “
Lauren briefly shared her version of events on a Twitter thread and Instagram Q&A after she was removed from the show. She wrote: “I was scapegoated and scapegoated on two major networks in the same month. My fear soared, my mental health was literally in ruins and that led me into a kind of identity crisis. “
She said she did not want to elaborate on why she was removed from the show, but described the experience as “traumatic” and “the worst time of my life”. She said she was accused of saying a few things but the MTV legal team did not have time to review the footage prior to the second challenge due to the time difference between Croatia and the US and so the decision was made to remove it .
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