Cory Wharton has become somewhat of an MTV staple having appeared on The Real World, The Challenge, Ex on the Beach and Teen Mom OG, and it seems he is not happy now that the network has cut ties with Taylor Selfridge, his girlfriend and mother of his second daughter.
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“One of my favorite athletes of all-time is Kobe Bryant and one of his favorite philosophies is ‘Control what you can control.’ What I can’t control, though, is the decisions that MTV as a company has made,” Wharton, 29, said in a statement on Wednesday, June 10. “To those of you that were ready to watch the special, I want to say thank you for your support. I have such an amazing community that supports me, my family and my daughters.”
He continued, “I have not parted ways with MTV. That needs to be understood. I’ve learned that burning bridges is never the solution. Even though I have no ill-will against MTV, I am disappointed and saddened by their decision. As all of you know, narrative is a very powerful tool. I feel like the narrative that you want about me should be accurate. It should be true, and it should be from me. This is why I am putting all of my time, energy and effort into my YouTube channel, “The Wharton Family.”That’s where you’ll get an inside look at my family as we build our life together.”
He also added that next Wednesday, June 17, the birthing video of his daughter Mila will be uploaded to YouTube after MTV cut the Teen Mom special which was supposed to introduce his second daughter to the world. . “It won’t be the special, but it will introduce you guys to Mila,” he added.
Cory’s words come after MTV announced they were cutting ties with his longtime girlfriend and mother of Mila, Taylor due to past racist statement.
“MTV pulled Teen Mom OG at Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special from its Tuesday schedule and is ending our relationship with Taylor Selfridge in light of her past racist statements on social media,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement. “MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice.”
In response, Selfridge claimed she had already decided to no longer film on Teen Mom OG alongside Cory and is ex Cheyenne Floyd with whom he shares a daughter, Ryder.
“As you guys know already our special didn’t air tonight. 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. “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.”
Selfridge continued: “Once again, I apologize for anyone I have hurt or offended in the past. I have addressed my mistakes many times on the network and I would like to move on and continue to be the best version of myself. My past does not define who I am today and I hope you guys can see the change. Please respect my decision to provide a normal, healthy life for my family.”