While The Daily Mail reported a source close to the bride said Jessika pulled out voluntarily to focus on her OnlyFans content, the star has slammed the publication for spreading ‘fake news’.
The 29-year-old announced on Instagram that the US executives had a change of heart due to a ‘creative decision’, dropping her from the show just days before filming started.
“I had my contract signed, bags packed, everything ready and received a message from my manager stating that the American executives had made a creative decision not to include me on the show despite believing I am ‘good talent’,” she wrote.
The star then told followers that she had completed her medical and background checks, and had been given the date she was to leave for the show.
“Sometimes in TV these ‘creative decisions’ happen and that’s okay, because it’s always an honour to even be considered let alone film a new television show,” she admitted.
Jessika told fans that she was very ‘excited’ to be chosen for the show, and had been chatting to the casting director just the day prior.'
Over a screenshot of The Daily Mail's story, she wrote: “Very true that I make amazing money from OnlyFans, but I wouldn’t prefer to ‘sit around’ doing OnlyFans.”
Speaking candidly on Instagram, she added that while there are ‘negatives and positives’ in her situation, she was choosing to focus on the silver lining.
“I actually still have my bag packed for the show, but now instead of going to the show, I’m looking positive.
“I get to spend three weeks with my lovely sister [and] wait for my new nephew to be born,” she said.
So Dramatic announced that the first season of The Challenge Australia will be full of reality TV stars, including Big Brother’s Tully Smyth, Australian Survivor’s Brooke Jowett, David Subritsky and MAFS bride Cyrell Paule.
Cyrell and Jessika's feud
Fans had speculated that Jessika's exit was due to her 'rival' Cyrell also appearing on the show, but the star insists this wasn't the reason.
The two stars famously didn’t get along on season six of MAFS, mainly because of Jessika’s flirty relationship with Cyrell’s ‘husband’ Nic Jovanovic, but things between them only got worse after the show finished airing.
The pair were involved in somewhat of a love triangle with Love Island’s Eden Dally, who was linked to Jessika in February 2019 before he started dating Cyrell a month later.
Cyrell previously claimed that Jessika was ‘jealous’ of her relationship with Eden, who she now shares a two-year-old son with.
Tensions reached boiling point when they filmed the MAFS all-stars reunion at the end of 2020 and Cyrell threw a glass of wine at Jessika.
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