MTV’s “The Challenge” Star Wes Bergmann just announced some major news via his Twitter account this week and fans are in shocked!!
After the most recent episode of CBS’s “The Challenge USA” Season 2, Wes announced his retirement.
The episode featured an elimination between Wes and “The Amazing Race” Star Dusty and many felt Wes was looking for sympathy during the episode.
“The long and short of it is this, I’m done. It’s mounting entrepreneurial responsibilities paired with becoming a father (in the next month) – there’s no time.
Coupled with doing nothing to anyone and still people trashing my name behind my back in interviews – I’m above this.
At some point I will provide more context and details. They’re all currently all Patreon.
But I think it’s fair to clear one detail up now. I’m retiring because of my business not my baby.
Parents can go on the challenge. It’s not a death sentence.”
Do you think Wes is actually retiring or he’ll be back again? Let us know your thoughts?
Catch Wes on The Challenge USA.
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.
The Challenge was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Julie Pizzi, Emer Harkin and Danny Wascou serve as Executive Producers and Abigail Bunker and Jarrod Burt are Co-Executive Producers. Dan Caster and Leanne Mucci serve as Executive Producers with Jared March as Supervising Producer for MTV.
Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios is one of the preeminent media entities in the world that connects with global audiences through its nine iconic brands – MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, Smithsonian, Paramount Network and TV Land – as well as MTV Entertainment Studios which produces acclaimed series and movies and the award-winning, Oscar-nominated MTV Documentary Films.
Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP), a division of Banijay Americas, is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World on MTV, the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. BMP’s current programming includes Emmy-winning Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls (Amazon), The Challenge (MTV), The Challenge USA (CBS), The Challenge All Stars (Paramount+), Born This Way (A&E), Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project (Oxygen), Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch), Miz and Mrs. (USA Network), Don’t Forget The Lyrics (FOX), Family or Fiancé (OWN) and Total Bellas (E!). BMP, through BMP Films, has also produced Transhood (HBO) They Call Us Monsters (PBS), Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV), and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical, and Autism: The Sequel (HBO). Based in Glendale, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.