“Catfish” host Nev Schulman was under so much stress during his sexual misconduct investigation that he developed an illness.
“I was so stressed and I was so out of control and desperately trying to get it into my control that I actually got shingles,” Schulman, 33, revealed on Josh Peck’s podcast, “Curious with Josh Peck.”
“Most people get it around their chest or ribs,” Schulman added. “I got it on my head.”
According to an online chat with Dr. Robert Bolash of the Cleveland Clinic, being under stress is a risk factor for getting shingles. “After having the chickenpox, your body does not rid your system of the virus … For the majority of people, the virus simply stays there quietly and doesn’t cause problems,” he said. “We aren’t always sure why the virus gets reactivated, but this typically occurs at times of stress.”
In May, Schulman was accused of sexual harassment by a woman named Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on his “Catfish” series in 2015. She alleges Schulman had repeatedly made uncomfortable remarks about her sexuality and his own anatomy.
Schulman denied the accusations in a statement, saying in part, “The behavior described in this video did not happen and I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth.”
The TV personality also said he was the first to alert MTV of the accusations. Production on “Catfish” was shut down until his name was cleared one month later. The network deemed the accusations “not credible.”
Throughout the ordeal, Schulman learned a painful lesson in keeping cool under distress, adding, “It’s been a really meaningful, eye-opening, emotional and physical experience.”