Deontay Wilder left The Traitors during episode 4 due to the challenges he experienced emotionally in the game. While competitors were surprised by his early departure, Wilder shared that being on the show brought up emotional struggles from his past that he didn’t expect. Despite not knowing his costars, Wilder enjoyed the experience and was delighted to meet so many great people.
Deontay Wilder opened up about his unexpected emotional struggles while participating in season 2 of The Traitors and unexpectedly exited the show, leaving fans with questions about his early departure.
Deontay Wilder of ‘The Traitors’ Season 2
The latest season of The Traitors addressed the early exit of Deontay Wilder, who removed himself from the competition during episode four. Host Alan Cumming broke the news to fans in a tense moment, leaving many with questions about why Wilder chose to leave so soon.
In a recent press junket for season 2, Wilder opened up about his experience, revealing that the game was much harder than he originally anticipated. “This game was definitely harder than I thought it would be,” Wilder said. “I thought it was trying to figure out who were the traitors, and being that you have so many more faithfuls than the traitors, that it would be kind of easy to try to figure it out. But being on this show, it really struck some childhood trauma from me that I didn’t expect.”
As a heavyweight champion and Olympic medalist, Wilder is known for his athletic accomplishments rather than his reality TV presence. “I didn’t see this coming in a million years because the things that I dealt with as a child, I never had an outlet to be able to release,” Wilder explained. “Sometimes you go through life and certain things allow you to be able to release that and that emotion and you feel better. But I never had an opportunity or any particular place.”
Wilders’ experience on The Traitors brought up strong emotions, notably after he falsely accused Maksim Chmerkovskiy of being a traitor. The interaction led to Chmerkovskiy’s banishment, causing Wilder to reflect on the impact of his actions.
Overall, Wilder had a great experience being part of the show, stating that he was “very delighted to be there and be a part of it and to meet so many great people.” The first four episodes of season 2 of The Traitors are currently streaming on Peacock.