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‘The Challenge’ Creator Jon Murray Discusses How Show’s Producers Dealt with Diem Brown’s Death

We miss you, Diem.

We miss you, Diem.

Tonight’s episode of The Challenge has been the episode that The Ashley (along with many of the show’s fans) has been dreading. On last week’s episode, Diem Brown was shown writhing in pain from what she believed was a stomach bug. (Unfortunately, we now know that Diem’s pain was actually caused by colon cancer, not a stomach bug.)

A preview clip from last week shows Diem’s partner (and on-again-off-again) boyfriend, CT Tamburello, screaming for someone to take him to the doctor, presumably to see Diem. Tonight’s episode will show what happened to Diem that resulted in her collapsing and being airlifted from Panama back to the United States. After fighting the cancer (which ended up spreading to other parts of her body), Diem died on November 14.

In a recent Reddit “AMA” session, show creator Jon Murray of Bunim-Murray discussed the difficult task the show’s production team had to show what happened while still being respectful to Diem, as well as Ryan Knight, a second competitor on this season who died a few weeks after Diem.

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‘The Challenge’ Couple Brad & Tori Fiorenza Welcome Second Child

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“Dealing with two kids is nothing compared to dealing with the people on ‘The Challenge.’”

By Holly Rasmussen

Another MTV baby has arrived! No, it’s not via another season of 16 & Pregnant; this little bundle of joy is a product of a Real World/Road Rules pairing!

Brad Fiorenza, a ‘Real World: San Diego’ cast member, and his wife Tori, a Road Rules alum,welcomed their second child, a son they named Chase, on January 13. Baby Chase was born at 11:18 a.m. and weighed in at 7 lbs., 4 oz., according to a tweet Brad sent out after the baby’s birth.

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Jemmye Carroll Says “Battle of the Exes II” Will Be Her Last ‘Challenge’ Due to Ex Ryan Knight’s Death

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This will be the last ‘Challenge’ for Jemmye.

By Holly Rasmussen

Fans of The Real World and The Challenge will be sad to learn that contestant Jemmye Carroll will not be returning to ‘The Challenge’ franchise. The reality star recently announced that she is quitting the show.

This news comes on the heels of the tragic death of Jemmye’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan Knight, in November. Jemmye and Knight are featured in the upcoming season of The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II which is set to air in January.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II”


A brand-new season of MTV’s The Challenge will premiere next month and, due to its “Battle of the Exes” theme, is set to be one of the most powerful seasons yet! Of course, the fact that two of the competitors on the season, Diem Brown and Ryan Knight, have died since the season was taped will make watching the season somewhat heartbreaking. After watching the season’s trailer, which was released by MTV yesterday, it’s obvious that the season will serve as a tribute to both late reality stars.

In the powerful opening segment, Diem is heard making a statement that is somewhat eerie, given that she found out she had ovarian cancer for a third time just weeks after she probably said it.

“Things happen. But you can’t keep on waiting. If you want something, go for it,” she said.

Of course, the season will not only focus on the sad: from the looks of the stunts featured in the trailer, there will also be a lot of adventure and suspense. In fact, the trailer promises that ‘Battle of the Exes II’ will be “the most shocking season yet.”

The ‘Challenge’ vets will be joined by teams of exes from ‘The Real World: EXplosion’ as well as ‘Are You The One?’ (Click here to see what the vets think about these rookies joining the show.)

This season will include a twist never-before-seen on ‘The Challenge.’ Each week, the eliminated team will be sent to a new location and will have a chance to get back in the game. (Think ‘Redemption Island’ on Survivor or ‘Comeback Canyon’ on The Biggest Loser.)

While there is plenty of drama shown in the trailer, The Ashley was very happy to see that Diem’s on-set collapse was not shown or hinted at. (It is not yet known if she collapsed during a time when the cameras were rolling.) While it will definitely be addressed, it appears that MTV and the show’s producers will use some tact while doing so.

To see the complete cast list for ‘The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II” click here!

The new season premieres Tuesday, January 6 on MTV.

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‘The Challenge’ Stars Discuss ‘Are You The One’ Cast Competing Next Season

"Take mercy on us, guys!"

“Take mercy on us, guys!”

Back in 2006, the producers of MTV’s The Challenge turned the game on its head when, for the first time in the show’s history, they brought in contestants that had never appeared on either Road Rules or The Real World. The “Fresh Meat” idea was repeated again in 2010, but since then there has not been another season in which contestants were imported from somewhere else…until 2015 that is.

For the upcoming season of ‘The Challenge,’ cast members from the first season of Are You The One will compete alongside ‘Challenge’ vets, as well as people from the most-recent ‘Real World’ season, “Explosion.”

The ‘Challenge’ vets aren’t exactly welcoming ‘Are You The One’ cast members Adam Kuhn, Brittany Baldassari, JJ Jacobs and Simone Kelly with open arms. In a new clip released by MTV, several ‘Challenge’ stars revealed how they feel about the ‘Are You The One’ folks appearing on the show.

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‘Real World’ Star Davis Mallory Performs Touching Tribute Song to Diem Brown

Diem & Davis in 2006

Diem & Davis in 2006

Get your Kleenex out, guys…

Real World: Denver star Davis Mallory has written and released a beautiful song for his recently deceased Challenge co-star Diem Brown. “Beautiful Girls: Diem’s Song” was written for Diem, who died on November 14 after a long battle with cancer. She and Davis competed on ‘The Duel 2″ in 2008 together, but met before that at an event.

Yesterday, Davis posted the song, as well as an explanation of why he wrote it.

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