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Jessika Power Claims She Was Fired From A New Star-Studded Reality Show

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Married at First Sight’s Jessika Power is claiming she was fired by new Aussie reality series, The Challenge, at the eleventh hour.

The new Channel 10 show is a spin-off of the US series of the same name, which sees reality stars living together and battling each other in challenges. The Aussie season will be filmed in Argentina and the reality alum will duke it out for $200,000 in prize money.

Jess has revealed that she was originally slated to appear, but was cut from the cast. “I had my bags packed, everything ready and received a message from my manager stating that the American executives had made a creative decision to not include me on the show despite believing I am ‘good talent’,” she wrote in an Instagram Story.

“I was excited to be chosen to do the show and it was only a day before I was having Skype interviews with the casting director and speaking about opening outfits and filming location and leave dates.”

She went on to reveal that she had completed all the necessary medical and background checks for the show, and had even been told what date she would be heading off to film. “Everything had come back clear and everyone was happy but sometimes in TV these ‘creative decisions’ happen and that’s okay because it’s always an honour to even be considered, let alone film a new television show,” she wrote.

Jess was expected to face-off against her reality TV nemesis Cyrell Paule on the season, as the iconic MAFS bride is expected to appear. I guess we will always have to wonder what could have been aka what wine could have been spilled.


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Along with Cyrell, the rumoured line-up is stacked with iconic former reality stars including: The Bachelor Nation’s Brittany Hockley, Megan Marx, Ciarran Stott and Kiki Morris; Big Brother’s Tully Smyth, Tim Dormer and Marley Biyendolo; I’m A Celebrity’s Jack Vidgen and David Subritzky; Australian Survivor’s Brooke Jowett and Johnny Eastoe; and ummm… Love Island’s Grant Crapp.

While the series might be a new addition to the Aussie reality TV roster, it’s already huge in the US. The Challenge first premiered in 1998 and is still going strong, with a mammoth 37 seasons to date. The US series plucks reality stars from MTV shows like The Real World and Ex on the Beach,  along with huge reality franchises Love Island, Big Brother, and Survivor.

In other news, Brihony Dawson has been locked in to host The Challenge Australia, which is expected to kick off soon on Channel 10 and 10Play.