MTV suspends ‘Catfish’ amid sexual harassment allegations against host


MTV has reportedly halted production of Catfish: The TV Show to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by host and executive producer Nev Schulman, BuzzFeed News reported Thursday.

“We take these allegations very seriously,” an MTV spokesperson told BuzzFeed. “We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation and we’ve put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed.”

The network did not provide details about the allegations. But news of the show’s suspension came after Ayissha Morgan, who appeared in a Season 4 episode, said in YouTube videos that she was sexually harassed during filming.

Morgan, 20, did not name Shulman in the videos but said a “main person” on the show harassed her with inappropriate questions and comments about her sexuality.

“I don’t think you’re a lesbian. You need to let me take you out,” she says the man told her.

She says he asked her whether she had had sex with men. “He was like, ‘Well, I think you should try it. I have a big dick. I would tear your ass up,'” she said.

Morgan also says the man invited her to hang out at their hotel, and when she went not realizing they would be alone, he asked her to “cuddle.” She declined.

“I’m shook because the way you portray yourself on TV is totally different from the jackass you are in person,” Morgan says in the video. “He was just pushing and pushing and pushing.”

Catfish: The TV Show premiered in 2012 and was starting production on its eighth season.


H/T BuzzFeed News

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.