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.
“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.
Following are the players competing on the second season of THE CHALLENGE: USA:
Wes Bergmann CHALLENGE VET
Michaela Bradshaw SURVIVOR
Paulie Calafiore BIG BROTHER
Cassidy Clark SURVIVOR
Luis Colon THE AMAZING RACE
Tyler Crispen BIG BROTHER
Tori Deal CHALLENGE VET
Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio CHALLENGE VET
Michele Fitzgerald SURVIVOR
Amanda Garcia CHALLENGE VET
Dusty Harris THE AMAZING RACE
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
Cory Wharton CHALLENGE VET
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.