In the past year, reality TV star Courtney Stodden has leveled bullying allegations against Lip Sync Battle co-host Chrissy Teigen. The situation was undoubtedly surprising to many, given how outspoken Teigen has been in the past about her own experience with cyberbullying, especially on Twitter. In the wake of the backlash over the allegations, it seems Teigen has decided to leave a popular Netflix series she was slated to appear on.
Evidently, the former model had a stint on Netflix’s second season of Never Have I Ever, a comedy about an Indian American teenager’s everyday life and high school drama. A spokesperson for the show confirmed the news to Deadline, saying:
Chrissy Teigen has decided to step away from a guest voiceover role in one episode of the upcoming second season of Never Have I Ever. The role is expected to be recast.
Courtney Stodden, who has been featured on shows like Couples Therapy and Celebrity Big Brother, initially claimed back in March that Chrissy Teigen would tweet her things like take a “dirt nap” and would also allegedly DM her, telling her to kill herself, as far back as 2011. Teigen would later post a lengthy apology on her Twitter toward Stodden and her fans, acknowledging her mistakes. She said:
Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bullshit in front of the entire world. I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel.
Despite Chrissy Teigen's apology, the TV personality has been feeling the ramifications of the situation. Her cookware line, Cravings by Chrissy, has been pulled from the likes of Target (though they claimed their decision was made back in December) and Macy’s. She also supposedly lost out on a contract with Bloomingdale’s due to the drama, according to Page Six.
Curiously enough, Chrissy Teigen decided to officially leave Twitter back in March, right around the time that Courtney Stodden labelled her as a bully. However, Teigen did not allude to Stodden at all when announcing her exit at the time but said she had “to come to terms with the fact that some people aren’t gonna like me.” The departure didn’t last long, though, as she returned to the platform last month, saying it feels “terrible to silence yourself.”
The Bring the Funny judge has always been pretty open about her opinions on social media and often gets the moniker of Clapback Queen of Twitter as a result. Just a few weeks ago, she didn’t hesitate to refer to Ben Affleck, Matthew Perry and their Raya dating matches coming forward as being “desperate,” “creepy” and “tacky.” She even likes to call out her husband John Legend as a way to show humor online.
It goes without saying that the bullying allegations are pretty serious in the age of social media, where even something someone said 10 years ago can be saved. There's currently no indication as to who might replace Chrissy Teigen on Never Have I Ever, but the show is set to return to Netflix for its second season in July.