MTV fired Siesta Key star Alex Kompothecras, TMZ reported on June 16, the same day as the premiere of the new season. Moving forward, MTV is editing the season to reduce Kompothecras’ airtime following alleged racist social media posts and comments. At the time of this post, it was unknown what Kompothecras said that led to his dismissal.
“We’ve made the decision to cut ties with Alex and are editing the current season to minimize his presence,” the show said in a tweet. “He will not be in future seasons of Siesta Key.”
As noted by TMZ, the premiere of Siesta Key was cut short by more than an hour and the network removed Kompothecras’ bio from the show’s website.
This wasn’t Kompothecras’ first controversy. In 2017 he was connected to a viral video that showed a shark being dragged behind a boat on a fishing line.
The former reality TV star did not immediately issue a statement about being fired from the show.
Kompo Just Welcomed the Birth of His Daughter, Alessi
On Instagram, he welcomed the birth of his daughter with his girlfriend, Alyssa, on June 13. “The most incredible moment of my life… Is when I met you Alessi,” he wrote.
Kompo, as he is also known, was accused of cheating on Alyssa Salerno. While ex Juliette Porter supports Kompo as a father, she didn’t think his relationship with Salerno would last.
“I know that he never wanted to date in the first place. He didn’t want to be in a relationship,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Him and I just got out of a relationship [and] it’s not healthy to jump back into something, let alone have a baby with a person you’ve been dating for a couple months. Whether they’re in love now, I don’t know, but I don’t think he’s ready to settle down.”
MTV Fires Multiple Stars Amid the Black Lives Matter Movement
Kompo was the latest reality TV star to be fired by MTV. The network also dismissed Teen Mom OG star Taylor Selfridge and The Challenge star Dee Nguyen after they faced allegations of racism.
Selfridge comments stemmed from 2012, when she tweeted things like, “We have to greet everyone at work but sometimes I won’t greet the black people cause they scare me,” and, “My uncle is dating an Asian. Aunt Ping please make me sushi,” according to The Blast.
Selfridge has addressed her comments in the past. “At the time, because I was younger, I wasn’t thinking it was anything negative. I thought ‘Oh, this is funny’ or something like that, but it’s not,” she said, according to People magazine. “This happened a long time ago.”
Even though MTV said they fired Selfridge, she claimed she quit. “I made the decision last week to not film the next season of Teen Mom OG with Cory for the benefit of myself and my daughter,” she wrote on Instagram on June 10. “I don’t believe the reality tv lifestyle benefits me any further at this point in my life. With current events being what they are and reality tv being selective in who they apply rules to or what is considered acceptable behavior, I do not have any further respect.”
What Did Nguygen Say?
Nguyen was fired after she tweeted on June 6, writing: “IDK why some of u think I’m anti BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.”
Nguyen’s caught backlash. “READ THE F**KING ROOM,” one netizen wrote. “All you posted was a black square and went about your day and posting your lame a** thirst traps. Wake up!!! People are dying. smh.”
Nguyen answered by saying: “people die every f**king day. U don’t know me or what I do. I suggest u wake the f**k up and get off social media.”
In an interview with Us Weekly, Nguyen apologized for her comments. “I would love to take it back. But it is out there and to set the record straight, racial intolerance is intolerable and unacceptable,” she said.
“Having had to deal with racism my entire life, ironically through all this, there is a warm feeling I have with the fact that humans are standing together to call out unacceptable comments and behaviors that in the past were rarely called on,” she continued. “Again, we are shown that you can be judged in a second on all social media platforms.”