MTV is cutting ties with one of the stars of its reality series Siesta Key, and cutting him from the remaining episodes.
The network made the decision after a number of racist Instagram posts dated 2012 to 2014 surfaced online that allegedly showed Kompothecras using the n-word and another racial slur in the comments.
Another Instagram post that featured a racist meme of President Barack Obama appears to have an approving comment from Kompothecras reading “truth brotha.”
“We’ve made the decision to cut ties with Alex and are editing the current season to minimize his presence. He will not be in future seasons of Siesta Key," MTV said in a statement.
Kompothecras has been a regular on the show since it premiered in July 2017. The show follows a group of young people in the Sarasota County barrier island beach town of Siesta Key, sometimes known as the “No. 1 beach in America."
Alex Kompothecras’ father Gary Kompothecras, the wealthy chiropractor of Physicians Group LLC and 1-800-Ask-Gary fame, is an executive producer on Siesta Key.
“The family is very disappointed in MTV’s decision and actions,” Gary Kompothecras told the Tampa Bay Times. “We are exploring all options at this time.”
Gary Kompothecras also had a role in creating the show.
“My dad had some buddies come to town, and I took them out fishing,” Alex Kompothecras told the Tampa Bay Times in 2017. “They thought our lifestyle was pretty unique. I kept hearing, ‘You need to do a show.’ Then my dad called a small production company to help do the pilot.”
Siesta Key’s third season premiered Tuesday on MTV, the same day the network announced it was parting ways with Alex Kompothecras.
He was set to play a large role in the new season, according to an MTV news release from December that read: “Alex emerges back on the scene to finish his last year of law school with a new girlfriend, Alyssa, but will he be able to stay faithful?”