Tina Barta Clarifies Why She Left 'All Stars 2'; Says It Was a 'Weighted Decision' 'The Challenge'; Tina Barta Clarifies Why She Left 'All Stars 2'; Says It Was a 'Weighted Decision'
Many fans were excited to see Tina Barta, a heavy hitter, return to The Challenge after a 10-year hiatus.
However, instead of competing in an elimination in episode 5, the two-time finalist chose to leave the show, which confused many fans and other players. She later clarified the "weighted decision" in a Dec.2021 interview with Mike Lewis.
Tina Barta returned to The Challenge after a ten-year absence for All Stars 2. She got off to a good start, winning the second mission with the Black Team.
She was given the opportunity to nominate a nonimmune cast member as team captain, and she chose Ayanna Mackins to burn her life shield.
Tina replaced her original target, two-time champion Jodi Weatherton, and she received the majority of house votes to advance to the next round.
Two episodes later, Jodi exacted her vengeance when she won a daily and nominated Tina for it.
Initially enraged by the decision, the two-time finalist unexpectedly decided to withdraw from the competition because she didn't want to expose a negative side of herself.
Tina sat down for another interview with Mike Lewis a few days after the Dec. 9 episode of The Challenge; All Stars, where she explained her reasoning for quitting.
The seasoned veteran admitted she hasn't gone on social media since the episode aired because she knew fans would have an opinion on her decision.
Tina went on to say that she didn't feel obligated to give an explanation because she believes she made the best decision for herself, but she did go on to clarify for those who were curious.
She expected the spinoff to operate the "old school way" with "backyard games," but it didn't, and she felt the other cast members were always "paranoid" instead of having fun, according to the two-time finalist.
Tina also believed she couldn't "play fair" because everyone else had established connections, partly due to those with whom she hung out the most after the competition ended, such as Katie Cooley (Doyle) and Leah Gillingwater.
When she realized she'd be fighting an uphill battle and wouldn't be having fun, the 40-year-old decided it wasn't "worth it."
Tina clarified that other cast members had questioned her motivation for leaving, stating that it was a "weighted decision" that she had given a lot of thought to.
She also stated that she hadn't made up her mind until host T.J. Lavin "blew the horn," signaling the start of the round.
According to the Fresh Meat finalist, she spent some time talking with a producer about her "concerns" before the physical elimination.
Tina admitted she was enraged at the time and believed she may have gone too far if she had taken part.
Because she no longer felt the need to "prove" herself, the fan favorite decided it was in her best interests to leave the show and walk away.
On Paramount Network, The Challenge: All Stars 2 premieres.