Nev Schulman (the one to the left of hot carpet sample Max Joseph) has recently found himself without a reason to film messy catfishing encounters. According to the Daily Beast, MTV has suspended production on Catfish: The TV Show so they can investigate allegations of sexual misconduct that have been brought against Nev.
MTV released a statement regarding the allegations against 33-year-old Nev. They wouldn’t specify what Nev was being accused of, or who was accusing him. They would only say that they’re sexual misconduct allegations, and that production on Catfish: The TV Show has been put on hiatus while they figure things out.
“We take these allegations very seriously. We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation.”
Nev has responded to the news of MTV’s investigation by denying that he’s done anything wrong.
“I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions – but these claims are false.”
Catfish: The TV Show is currently in its seventh season. Nev has been the host and executive producer that whole time. Nev is currently married to Laura Perlongo, and they share an almost 2-year-old daughter.
MTV wouldn’t get into specifics, but there is a theory about what might have happened. Ayissha Morgan appeared on the 4th season of Catfish. She recently filmed two videos for her YouTube channel detailing her experience on the show. Ayissha, who identifies as a lesbian, claims that Nev repeatedly asked her if she was a lesbian or if she was bisexual, and that he made her uncomfortable by telling her that he thought she just hadn’t found the right guy yet. Ayissha then claims Nev told her: “I have a big dick, I would tear your ass up.” Has a big dick or is a big dick, that’s still up for debate.
Later on, a female production assistant that Ayissha had gotten friendly with allegedly invited herself to Ayissha’s hotel room with beer. Ayissha says she was then taken to the PA’s room, where she claims the beer caused her to black out. When she woke up, the PA was on top of her. The next day, Ayissha says she felt like the laughing stock of the Catfish crew, who were making jokes about how the PA “got some ass.” Here she is talking about Nev:
So, Nev claims the allegations – whatever they may be – are false. But it’s not like Nev’s past history with women is squeaky clean. After the awful video of NFL player Ray Rice beating his wife in an elevator was released in 2014, Nev tweeted a poor-taste picture of himself in an elevator, and making everyone question just how sincere he was with a comment about how his elevator was “abuse free.” Before that, in 2006, Nev allegedly punched a woman in the head repeatedly while attending Sarah Lawrence College. Nev was kicked out of college. He later claimed that he was only acting in self-defense, although that’s not the woman’s side of the story.
But the point is Catfish is not happening right now. To quote my favorite Catfish queen Mhissy Banks, that’s sad, huh. Sadly only because I will miss seeing Max Joseph smile awkwardly at whatever drama is happening around him. I just wish I knew the circumstances surrounding how MTV notified Nev that Catfish was taking a time-out. Since it’s Catfish, I really want to believe they sent him an email at the beginning of the week from a suspicious address notifying him about a super-special pizza party in his honor. “Bring a guest! Preferably your lawyer.”