The Challenge: Total Madness is over, but the drama remains. Wes Bergmann teamed up with his nemesis, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio this season — but he didn’t quite make it to the end. Now, he’s talking to the Challenge Mania podcast about his experience with another one of his closest allies in the house, Ashley Mitchell. And Bergmann noted Mitchell got ultra-personal with her insults on the show.
Ashley Mitchell called out Wes Bergmann via Twitter for wanting ‘air time’ on ‘The Challenge’
Mitchell has quite a reputation on The Challenge. She’s won a few times and infamously won $1 million after refusing to split the money with her partner, Hunter Barfield, on Final Reckoning. And while she and Bergmann were allegedly fine at the beginning of Total Madness, something went awry with their relationship.
While Mitchell and Bergmann have had some drama on the show, it looks like Mitchell’s also brought the tension to Twitter. After Bergmann threw himself into an elimination round against Devenanzio on Total Madness, she tweeted, “some people want air time and more seasons. Not wins. Pay attention to who that is.” Mitchell didn’t directly call out Bergmann, but others below her noted that’s exactly who she was talking about given the timing of the tweet.
Mitchell called out Bergmann for allegedly wanting to go home, too. “If you you truly wanted to win you would NEVER go against your own alliance…. Stop calling people who want to go home to wives, fiances or s/o …… Let the game be for those who want to play,” she tweeted.
Bergmann said Mitchell personally insulted him on ‘Total Madness’
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Spoiler alert 🚨 This was a fantastic episode. But I lost. Why did I lose? I lost a little bit of focus. I could have been a little more methodical. I mis-read the structural integrity of an apparatus that I should be familiar with. Notice something? I'm not saying…it's production's fault; Bananas cheated; I got robbed; this isn't fair; woah is me! I lost fair and square. This loss rests firmly on my shoulders. I'd like to formally congratulate Bananas on his win, and a very deserved red skull. He's always been jealous of my red skull, and now has his own. 👏 It was a shit load of fun working with him this season. I hope that no one, especially him, interprets my move as anything other than both of us knowing it was time to go in. I'm proud of how I played this game. -I only had a single vote cast in my direction the entire season, by a man who was promptly removed. -I won more daily challenges than anyone else, and used that power to make moves that led to the demise of the people that stood the best shot at hurting me long-term. -I'm proud of myself for the courage it takes to volunteer to go into an elimination when technically, I had complete control to sit back, safely. I'm also incredibly proud of MTV for creating the greatest competition show on the planet; & I'm thankful to be a small part of that machine. But more importantly I'm proud of how they've handled these major societal hurdles that the world is battling. MTV is more than TV; they're a strong voice of my generation. They've pointed me in the right direction in the past several months about where to donate. They've vetted partnership organizations for me about who needed the most support, & could accomplish the most with the added promotion/funding. They've encouraged action immediately upon it becoming the right thing to do as opposed to after it became cool. They're the reason why I've been surrounded by the most diverse people on the planet, making it easier for me to be empathetic to all walks of life. They've turned my colleagues & I into a weapon of peace and change. These wars are not over. We're not at the finish line. But I see you. And I like what I see
It looks like Bergmann’s ready to speak out about his relationship with Mitchell as well. He talked to the Challenge Mania podcast about what went down. According to Bergmann, Mitchell was upset when he was cheering for his no. 1 ally, Dee Nguyen, during an elimination round when Nguyen fought against Mitchell. Mitchell still had an alliance with Bergmann, but it wasn’t as rock-solid as what he had with Nguyen.
“I’m very disappointed in Ashley. I’ve played with her a lot, I’ve always aligned with her,” Bergmann said. “I’ve done nothing but support her, emotionally and voting wise ….”
Bergmann then went on to explain his “totem pole” system, which meant Nguyen was above Mitchell in his alliance. “She then looked at the small percent of people, which was me, who was helping Dee in the puzzle-esque thing, and just started bad-mouthing me. And they only showed, like, 10% at most of that rant, and it got personal. Nothing like, scathing. No like, real good lava. But just over and over and over again of like, let’s see how hard and deep we can cut him.”
Bergmann and Mitchell likely won’t work together in the future
Will Mitchell and Bergmann repair their friendship and work together in the future? It seems unlikely. After Total Madness ended, Mitchell tweeted, “Some of these people already making up story lines…. Can we get real ones only.” She followed that tweet with, “Also want y’all to know the same old, old characters already up to their old tricks. Sliding in dms, making pre alliances, and figuring out fake fights. Make reality real again y’all.” Many think she was referencing Bergmann with these tweets.
Bergmann replied to tweet about “sliding in DMs” as well. “Wes + Big Brother + alumni VS Ashley,” he tweeted in response. “All cameos purchased this week will buy more cricket wireless minutes I’ll be using to exclusively call rookies and scheme with OGs. Also Instagram is charging me extra for all the DMs I’m sending.”
We’re not sure if Mitchell and Bergmann are both invited back for season 36 of The Challenge. But we’re sure we’ll see sparks fly if they are.
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