MTV has confirmed that it has suspended the production of Catfish following sexual misconduct allegations levelled at host Nev Schulman.
Schulman, who is also the show’s executive producer, has presented Catfish: The TV Show for seven seasons since 2012. He had previously appeared in the 2010 documentary film Catfish.
Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on the show in 2015, recently alleged that Schulman had sexually harassed her during production of the show, making the claims in a series of YouTube videos.
In a statement, Schulman has responded by saying that the “behaviour described” by Morgan “did not happen”, adding: “I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth.”
He continued: “I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions—but these claims are false.”
Confirming that production of the show has been temporarily halted, an MTV spokesperson has told The Daily Beast: “We take these allegations very seriously. We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation, and we’ve put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed.”
Catfish: The TV Show investigates online relationships, seeking to find out the true identities of those involved.