Another day, another misconduct allegation leveled against a man that will shut down production on something. But honestly, it’s time for ALL the abuses perpetrated by men in power to start coming to light, and the latest one is here. Following misconduct allegations against Nev Schulman, MTV has halted production on the long-running Catfish series.
Catfish — as we all know, because we’ve watched at least one episode of the series at some point in time — follows Schulman and his production partner, Max Joseph, as they track down and expose people hiding their true identities on the internet. The show has been on the air for six seasons following Schulman’s movie of the same name in which he, himself, was “catfished.”
This all comes after a Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on Season 4 episode of the show, posted a YouTube, detailing that Schulman and another producer (who she refers to using different names) on the show made her feel uncomfortable. At the, time Schulman question whether or not she was a lesbian, and then inquired about her hotel accommodations, while also telling her that she was pretty and asking to take her out.
Following this coming to light, MTV released a statement:
“We take these allegations very seriously,” an MTV spokesperson said in a statement to The Daily Beast, who first broke the news. “We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation.”
This is not the first time Schulman has found himself under scrutiny for his poor actions. In his 2014 book, he admits that he punched a girl in college, and uses the reasoning that she was “short, stocky, crew-cut-styled,” which is why he didn’t realize she was a girl when he punched her. (Sure, Jan.)
Schulman’s statement to The Daily Beast about these allegations is short and to the point: “I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions—but these claims are false.” Schulman later released another statement to The Hollywood Reporter, explaining:
“The behavior described in this video did not happen and I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth. I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions – but these claims are false.”
Welp, looks like MTV’s going to be the one to decide if they’re false or not.
On a sad and serious note, our hearts go out to Schulman’s wife and daughter, who now have to deal with negative attention in their daily lives because of Nev’s alleged behavior.
This post has been updated throughout.