Fans are eagerly counting down to the premiere of “The Challenge: Ride or Dies” since its September 15 announcement. One of the first things viewers saw when the cast photos came out was that Tori Deal and Jordan Wiseley were both on season, nearly two years after they announced the end of their engagement.
Tori has appeared on the regular Challenge since their split, and Jordan made his “Challenge” return for Season 3 of “All Stars,” but the two have yet to compete together since “Total Madness,” when they were still together. Many fans commented on the upcoming exes reunion, especially after the trailer showed a showdown between the two in a club scene, with Tori asking Jordan, “Are you serious?”
The “Are you the one?” alum teased some drama in her response to a fan’s comment. “Tori & Jordan in the same season, let’s see how this plays out,” someone wrote on a post introducing the cast, according to a screenshot saved to Reddit. Tori replied “it’s a *** show…enjoy it lol.” She then added: “to clarify the show” [is] NOT ***. But the chaos… it will be very… entertaining for you.”
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Jordan was pretty secretive about their breakup after the news came out in November 2020, but he revealed in a May 2021 interview that he would not be returning to a season of “The Challenge” that Tori was competing in.
In an interview with Danny Pellegrino, the host of pop culture podcast “Everything Iconic,” Danny asked if Jordan would return to “The Challenge” and the three-time champion replied, “I’m not going back with Tori.” He explained that it has nothing to do with bad blood or a “vendetta” against the production, but he didn’t want their story to be twisted.
“I know how television works,” he explained. And not that I have no control [the narrative]but that [production] can, do and will… And that’s my biggest thing. It’s not that I want to win this, I was so hurt by the way the Tori and I broke up because, first of all, it all got cheaper.” He later added that he didn’t want to “do the reality TV thing and make all this drama and it shouldn’t be there.”
It’s likely that time has changed Jordan’s mind about appearing for a season with Tori and the two have had positive interactions on social media over the past few months.
In March 2022, Jordan revealed on Instagram that he had gone to Ukraine to help with humanitarian efforts after the Russian invasion, saying he had been driving supplies to Ukraine and also taking civilians to safety. Commenting on his video, Tori wrote: “Heroic, be safe!” with a heart emoji.
Despite this, it is likely to be a difficult season for the exes, especially since there are other competitors in the season who may complicate things. Jordan’s ex Laurel Stucky, who he dated for a while before dating Tori, is also in season and Showbiz Cheat Sheet reported that they were pictured cuddling at the wedding of Jenna Compono and Zach Nichols in April 2022.
Fessy Shafaat is also in season, and both Fessy and Tori admitted to vacationing in Turks and Caicos shortly after her split from Jordan was announced in the fall of 2020. Tori revealed that they were in touch, but then decided to remain friends.
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