“The Challenge” Star Paulie Comes Out As Bi

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MTV’s “The Challenge” Star & CBS’s “Big Brother” Alumni Paulie Calafiore just announced some major news!

During the most recent episode of CBS’s “The Challenge USA” Season 2, be opened up about his sexuality to his cast mates before being eliminated by Johnny Bananas.

Paulie tweeted;

“Thank you all so much! The support has been incredible since DAY ONE! I am truly humbled and grateful. I thought this season was mine to win, but that man @johnnybananas got 7 rings for a reason! That first win is coming, I can’t wait to run it back ❤️🙌🏼 #TheChallengeUSA2”

He later did an interview with GLAAD officially announcing his label which is bisexual and that he didn’t come out publicly mostly because of toxic masculinity and pressure to be viewed as a strong competitor and athlete.

“I almost felt guilty that it’s taken me this long,” admitted Calafiore. “I really had to change my perspective and be like, ‘well, you know there might be other people that are going through this exact same thing… and maybe this is what they needed to hear and what they needed to see in order to do it themselves. Maybe there’s a younger version of me somewhere who gets to see this and [says] ‘You know what, I don’t have to pretend to be this [way] because I’m an athlete.’ So, if I can inspire just one person or motivate just one person, then I feel as though I’m doing justice.”

His cast mates sent out support:

Love this. Congratulations Paulie!

The two-part premiere kicked off Thursday, Aug. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), and part two aired Sunday, Aug. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*.

Following the premiere on the CBS Television Network, the second season of MTV’s hit reality global franchise will air twice a week on Thursdays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and Sundays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) for the first three weeks. Beginning Thursday, Aug. 31, THE CHALLENGE: USA will air Thursdays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). T.J. Lavin returns as host.

The stacked lineup of CBS fan-favorite players who come together in Croatia includes SURVIVOR winners Michele Fitzgerald and Chris Underwood; BIG BROTHER winner Josh Martinez, Tyler Crispen and Tiffany Mitchell; and THE AMAZING RACE’s Luis Colon and Dusty Harris. Joining the CBS alums are MTV’s THE CHALLENGE vets, former champions Tori Deal, Jonna Mannion, Wes Bergmann and the player with the most season wins of THE CHALLENGE franchise ever, Johnny “Bananas” DeVenanzio. These CBS reality all-stars will make CHALLENGE history as they face off against franchise legends for the first time on CBS. In the end, only one man and one woman will have the chance to walk away with the title of Challenge Champions and equal split of the grand prize of $500,000.

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Following are the players competing on the second season of THE CHALLENGE: USA:


Michaela Bradshaw SURVIVOR 

Paulie Calafiore BIG BROTHER 

Cassidy Clark SURVIVOR 


Tyler Crispen BIG BROTHER 


Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio CHALLENGE VET 

Michele Fitzgerald SURVIVOR 

Amanda Garcia CHALLENGE VET 


Chanelle Howell SURVIVOR 

Ameerah Jones BIG BROTHER 

Alyssa Lopez BIG BROTHER

Jonna Mannion (Stephens) CHALLENGE VET

Josh Martinez BIG BROTHER

Tiffany Mitchell BIG BROTHER 

Sebastian Noel SURVIVOR

Faysal Shafaat BIG BROTHER

Alyssa Snider BIG BROTHER 

Monte Taylor BIG BROTHER

Chris Underwood SURVIVOR


Desi Williams SURVIVOR 

MTV’s THE CHALLENGE was the very first reality competition series when it launched on June 1, 1998. THE CHALLENGE: USA is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions with Julie Pizzi, Kevin Lee and Jacob Lane.

*Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service, as well as on demand. Paramount+ Essential subscribers will not have the option to stream live, but will have access to on-demand the day after the special airs.

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