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The Real World/Road Rules Challenge is an MTV original reality show that pits former cast members of two of their other reality shows against each other in various games and challenges. The contestants come from the shows The Read World and Road Rules. The Real World is just a group of people in a house being filmed, but Road Rules is another challenge-oriented show. Nonetheless, some players from both shows have historically been good contenders. The show's name was shorted to The Challenge after 19 seasons. It originally went on air in 1998.

While most of the participants are ex Road Rules and The Real World cast members, there have been some special shows that included faces that were new to MTV reality shows. Many of the seasons have also had themes such as "The Battle of the Sexes" and "Gauntlet." In each season, the contestants have split off into two teams, not always by on which show they originally appeared. Throughout the season, the two teams are pitted against each other in different challenges. At the end of each episode, two cast members are chosen as the two who deserve elimination most based on a vote. These two individuals battle each other to see who will go home and who will stay on the show.

The Real World/Road Rules Challenge has had several specials. There is a reunion at the end of every season where cast mates come together and talk about their experiences filming the show. Sometimes, there are touching moments as cast mates discuss their positive experiences. However, there is also drama as rivals continue their disagreements. There is also an episode after the seasons end that shows clips that were taken out during editing. These episodes typically occur in a studio. The show itself is filmed on location in a variety of countries.

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The Real World/Road Rules Challenge Full Episode Guide

  • Things heat up when the contestants must compete on an active volcano in the final challenge. Who will take home the $350,000 prize money?

  • This week's challenge winners must make a hard decision during voting and the result of the Draw pits two tough females against each other in an ultimate elimination round.

  • A friendship unravels as the pressure of the game intensifies, and one competitor suffers an unexpected injury.

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'Real World' Star Diem Brown Dies After Three Bouts with Cancer

Sad news: Diem Brown, star of "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge," passed away today at the age of 32. Brown was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a little less than a decade ago, and had been fighting the disease ever since. She was declared cancer-free after her first rounds of treatment, but was diagnosed again back in 2012. The reality star fought back again, and was again considered cancer-free in 2013. However, this August, Brown was diagnosed a third time, this time with the cancer spreading to her colon, stomach and lymph nodes.

Sexual Assault Allegations Strike MTV's 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge'

Two different disturbing reports have surfaced this week concerning allegations of sexual abuse committed by both cast and crew members against one female "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" competitor and a male "Real World: San Diego" cast member making an alleged violent threat against a lesbian roommate based on her sexual preference. TMZ reported this week that "Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins" cast member Tonya Cooley filed a lawsuit naming MTV, Bunim/Murray Productions, Kenneth Santucci, Evan Starkman and others as co-defendants.

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