MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show and Nev Schulman are back for season 8. However, Max Joseph is out. That means a new co-host for the MTV show. The Season 8 premiere will reveal a new permanent co-host with Nev. Fans were heartbroken when Max Joseph announced his departure in August. The mystery is solved on November 28.
The MTV hit show was inspired by Nev Schulman’s personal experience. Like those profiled on his show, Nev was lured into online romance by a fake Facebook profile. Schulman shared his experience in documentary film Catfish. It debuted at Sundance in 2010 and critics loved it. The successful documentary spawned the MTV reality hit of the same name.
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Over the years, fans grew to love Catfish. The dynamic duo of Nev Schulman and Max Joseph had a self-described bromance and chemistry. The two traveled the country helping hundreds who needed the truth about who they fell for online. Sometimes these web-based romances last years with no contact other than by computer or phone.
One of the most disturbing cases on Catfish: The TV Show involved Shelly Chartier, a reclusive Canadian with only a sixth-grade education. Her only socialization was strictly online. Chartier targeted pro basketball player Chris “Birdman” Andersen. She created fake profiles and began impersonating then 17-year-old Paris Dunn, an aspiring model.
— Nev Schulman (@NevSchulman) October 30, 2018
For months, Birdman thought he was talking to Paris Dunn, but it was really Chartier using Paris’ profile. The complex case resulted in criminal charges and Chartier spent 12 months in prison. Paris Dunn (now goes by Paris Dylan), made recent headlines when she confirmed she is dating 73-year-old “American Pie” singer Don McLean. Schulman tweeted his support for the Catfish alum.
— Catfish (@CatfishMTV) November 1, 2018
Who Will Replace Max Joseph Next to Nev Schulman?
Throughout its 7 season run, Catfish featured several guest co-hosts when Max Joseph wasn’t available. He missed the show for family reasons and while shooting a film. Lots of people were eager to step into Max’s shoes and investigate online scammers. One temporary co-host was Schulman’s wife Laura Perlongo.
— Laura Perlongo (@LauraPerlongo) August 16, 2018
The two have an adorable daughter named Cleo and are expecting a son in January. Fans had a mixed reaction to Perlongo’s guest gigs. Other past stand-ins included YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley, Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, Charlamagne Tha God, and Claws star Karrueche Tran.
But through all the seasons, Max Joseph was the fan favorite to sit beside Nev Schulman and unwind the web of internet love and fraud. The silver-haired sidekick is known for his statement t-shirts concerning social issues. Max was also quick to confront the catfishes that had caused harm and hurt to others. Fans will have big expectation for whoever takes the co-host spot. Max’s shoes will be hard to fill!
Be sure to tune in to the all-new season of MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show on November 28 when as MTV promises “All will be revealed”!
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