Cory Wharton Reveals What He'll Tell His Kids When They Discover His Reality TV History
MTV star Cory Wharton stopped by “Talking it Out” to chat with co-hosts Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo about his experience on a succession of the network’s unscripted hits, including “The Real World,” “The Challenge,” and “Teen Mom OG.”
During his interview, the handsome dad of two — who shares daughter Ryder, 3, with ex Cheyenne Floyd and daughter Mila, 10 months, with girlfriend Taylor Selfridge — revealed what he will tell his children when they eventually discover his reality TV history.
“When that time comes, I’ll just tell Ryder and I’ll just tell Mila, ‘Daddy wasn’t perfect. Look at my dumb ass over here acting up, being stupid. Daddy made mistakes. That’s OK,’” Cory said with a laugh. “You live and you learn. It’s a very easy teaching point for me. I don’t want my girls to grow up thinking they have to be perfect.”
He continued, “I grew up on TV. I can sit back and literally say, ‘In my 20s, I grew up on television, almost on TV for a decade.’ That’s crazy. So, I’ll just let them know, ‘Daddy wasn’t perfect. So, don’t think that you have to be perfect and I’m going to love you either way.’”
Elsewhere, Cory opened up about the importance of representing a “positive Black family” alongside Cheyenne on “Teen Mom OG,” a mostly white show that has made household names out of Maci Bookout, Amber Portwood, and Catelynn Lowell, among other “16 and Pregnant” alums.
“They needed us on the show,” said Cory, who joined the “Teen Mom OG” cast in 2018 during the second half of Season 7. “Our dynamic and our story was very crucial to what the franchise was trying to do at the time. They didn’t have any Black families on the show. And not only that, but a Black family seen in a positive light was major for them. When we talked to them about that and told them what we could bring to the network and what dynamic we bring, they were sold and were like, ‘We would love to have you on the show.’”
Asked by Mike how it feels to be a role model for BIPOC viewers, Cory explained, “I’ve never felt like there was any pressure because I’m always going to be myself. I’m just here to share my spot. This is my story, this is me.”
He elaborated, “I try to lead by example. I just think it’s good to have a positive Black family have the spotlight like Cheyenne and I do. Honestly, I’m super proud of the network and it just feels good, man.”
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