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Episode three in season two of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever features one of the reigning names in fashion: Gigi Hadid! While tennis champion John McEnroe continues to be Devi’s inner voice, Hadid narrates the internal monologue of high-school heartthrob Paxton Hall-Yoshida as he proves to everyone that he’s more than a beautiful face. Hadid’s narrating role had originally belonged to Chrissy Teigen, but the model and lifestyle entrepreneur stepped down from the guest voice-over part amid a personal controversy. Teigen’s decision to exit the teen comedy series in June came in the wake of online bullying allegations from musician Courtney Stodden.
In May, Stodden was featured in a profile on The Daily Beast in which they alleged that Teigen had harassed them after their widely publicized marriage to actor Doug Hutchison. In 2011, Stodden, then 16, married Hutchison, then 50. The couple divorced in 2020, and Stodden now believes they were groomed by Hutchison. Soon after the wedding, high-profile figures, including Teigen, harassed Stodden. Specifically, Stodden alleged in the piece that around that time, Teigen privately messaged them to kill themself in addition to publicly telling them to take a “dirt nap.” Right after the profile was published, Teigen apologized on Twitter and later penned a lengthy apology note on Medium in June.
is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel. I have worked so hard to give you guys joy and be beloved and the feeling of letting you down is nearly unbearable, truly. These were not my only mistakes and surely won’t be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 12, 2021
On their Instagram, Stodden accepted Teigen’s apology but noted that they never heard from Teigen privately and that Teigen still had them blocked on Twitter. While active on Instagram, Teigen has mostly remained quiet on Twitter except for a note addressing another controversy with Project Runway alumnus Michael Costello.
A day before the season two premiere of Never Have I Ever, Teigen uploaded a picture on Instagram with a lengthy caption about “cancel club,” though she didn’t directly address any person or the show. On her end, Hadid posted on her account about having “the BEST time getting to narrate a new episode of @neverhaveiever.”
Despite the drama surrounding Teigen and the quick turnaround for a new guest voice-over, season two of Never Have I Ever is still very much on, and you can stream it right now on Netflix.