MTV has reportedly suspended production on the long-running Catfish: The TV Show after star and executive producer Nev Schulman was hit with allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Daily Beast first reported the suspension on Thursday morning (May 17) and a spokesperson for MTV tells Billboard in a statement that the network “takes these allegations very seriously. We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation.” The MTV spokesperson offered no further comment at press time.
The show, in which Schulman investigates online relationships where one person is often not who they appear to be, launched its seventh season in January. No information was available about what the allegations are against Schulman, 33, who is a married father of a young girl. The show debuted on MTV in 2012 as a spinoff of Schulman’s 2010 documentary, which helped popularize the word that has come to represent virtual relationship-based deception.
At press time, it did not appear that Schulman had commented about the suspension on his social media. Schulman and wife Laura Perlongo uploaded the latest episode of season 2 of their online breakup series We Need to Talk, entitled “Cheaters,” two weeks ago.