Last month, anyone flirting under an assumed name and identity on Facebook with a hot stranger from six states over let out a huge sigh of relief. Because Nev Schulman, the fakery catcher from Catfish: The TV Show, had been put in a time-out by MTV. Production on the seventh season of Catfish immediately stopped after Ayissha Morgan, a woman who appeared on the fourth season of the show, filmed two YouTube videos accusing Nev of harassment and misconduct during filming. Usually it’s Nev and his hot salt n’ pepper helper Max Joseph who get to the bottom of drama, but this time it’s MTV. And they recently cleared Nev of any wrongdoing.
To recap what Nev had been accused of, Ayissha Morgan – who identifies as a lesbian – claimed that Nev repeatedly badgered her about her sexuality by implying she was actually bisexual, and allegedly telling her he would “tear your ass up” with his “big dick.” Ayissha also claimed a female production assistant on the show gave her beer that caused her to black out, and that she woke up with the PA on top of her.
At the time, MTV released a statement saying simply that Catfish would be put on hiatus while they investigated some sexual misconduct allegations. MTV released another statement on Saturday about the situation, and this time they’ve provided a bit more info. MTV says they never received a formal complaint. Regardless, they got together with a third party investigator. Apparently that third party investigator came back with a thumbs up for Nev. And all those Catfishers can go back to nervously trying to block their IP address, because filming on Catfish is back on.
“The independent investigator found the allegations made in the YouTube videos to be not credible and without merit.” The statement continues, “Given the results of the investigation, Catfish will resume filming. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to providing a safe working environment.”
After MTV released their findings to him, Nev let it be known he was pleased with the results, and now he can put these allegations in the past with the rest of them.
Appreciate the support from you and so many others. Excited to get back to work! https://t.co/i8ZTJBI4yF
— Nev Schulman (@NevSchulman) June 22, 2018
I’ve seen Catfish, I know how Nev gets when he thinks he smells a lie: he tells Max to grab the camera, and they’re off to document the truth. You know Nev tried at least once to butt into that third party investigation with evidence of his own. “Sir, for the last time, we don’t need to see the 10 hours of home video footage your friend shot of you hunched over a laptop and scrolling through internet comments, we can handle this ourselves.”