Gauntlet III Challenge debuts tonight

Past cast members from The Real World and Road Rules who have now made appearing on Challenge shows their careers reunite again starting tonight for The Gauntlet III. It’s the show’s 15th season, including the first all-star Road Rules season.

The cast is again divided into “rookie” and “veteran” teams, with the definition of “veteran” meaning that they’ve appeared on a Challenge before. The competitors include Chris “CT” Tamburello, who was kicked off the last Challenge for punching someone, and Beth Stolarczyk, age 38. Beth says that the new group of cast members, like CT, is a lot different than those from her era (she starred in the second season of The Real World). “I was cast a long time ago. The casting was done differently. A lot of these people are trashy, low-class people. They aren’t educated. I don’t fit in with that crowd,” she told the Boston Herald.

As to CT, she says, “He should not be there. He clearly has problems. He should not be participating in a show where he could hurt somebody. … It’s one thing to go and play a game and be strategic and figure out a way to win, but it is another thing to cross the line and do things that could really hurt somebody. I am definitely against that. I look at these people and think, ‘Who raised these people?’”

Why return? “A lot of horrible things have happened to me on these challenges, but I’m a very positive person and I have hope that this could be the time where the rules will work to my advantage, where it will be based on (skill), not popularity. I mentally prepare myself for the worst,” she said.

Gauntlet III [MTV]
Older, wiser? ‘Gauntlet’ combatant eager to commingle with ‘trashy’ housemates [Boston Herald]

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