'Siesta Key': Did MTV fire Alex for racist remarks from the past? Fans demand answers to why he was edited out
MTV-backed 'Siesta Key' returned from its mid-season break for a two-hour premiere this Tuesday. Unfortunately, the showrunners had to slash the episode's airtime by over an hour to edit out Alex Kompothecras's scenes. The channel has deleted his bio from its website and has dropped his name from the opening credits.
Alex and Juliette Porter's on-again-off-again relationship has been one of the main focus of the docuseries, but with Alex booted out it that arc will soon fade away. "We’ve made the decision to cut ties with Alex and are editing the current season to minimize his presence. He will not be in future seasons of 'Siesta Key," the makers tweeted. Although the real reason has not been revealed yet, speculations are rife that it could be because of some of the racist remarks he made on social media in the past.
Back in the day, Alex had posted a picture with a troubling hashtag #onceyougoblackyourneverWELCOMEback, that had social media users outraged. This apart, the reality TV star found himself amid an animal abuse controversy. He had photos of him posing with dead animals on his Instagram handle, which concerned his followers. The channel had to briefly bear the brunt of Alex's actions after viewers decided to trend #BoycottSiestaKeyMTV in 2017.
The show pushed Alex's television career to dizzying heights, within no time he had gained an impressive amount of followers on and offline. But, who knew, that his scandalous past would come to stir things up in this manner. Meanwhile, some viewers are upset that MTV deleted Alex's scenes from the show as some felt the show won't survive without him.
"@chloe_trautman can you please tell ya why Alex was edited out of the entire season ? This show is going to fail without Alex .. siesta key will not have another season it’s over. #siestakey," a fan commented, while another shared: "Is it just me or was that episode awful... why did they edit out Alex? Did i miss something?? #SiestaKey."
"@MTV we deserve some answers about tonight’s and the season of @SiestaKey. Why are Alex and Alyssa not in the promos? You promised us drama. WTF? Did you fire him? Did he quit? #SiestaKey," a viewer expressed. "@MTV should have put a disclaimer at the beginning of the show stating that Alex will not be returning after this season airs due to racist tweets, instead of destroying the whole season that’s already been filmed/edited #SiestaKey," another tweeted.
Catch all the new episodes of 'Siesta Key' on MTV every Tuesday.