It’s been two years since Cheer took over screens — and our lives — but the Netflix hit is finally back for our second season.
And if you’re wondering what the cast have been up to since Navarro College beat their rivals Trinity Valley to take home their fifth Grand National Championship title, then we are here to catch you up…
In September 2020, as the second season of the show started filming, the FBI announced they had a warrant for the 22 year old after he allegedly sent twin brothers — who were 13 at the time — suggestive messages “asking for pictures and seeking sex.”
Days later, Jerry was arrested and charged for production of child pornography. A spokesperson for Jerry denied the allegations, saying: “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager.
“We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”
Netflix said in a statement at the time: “Like everyone we are shocked by this news. Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process.”
In December 2020, Jerry was charged with seven additional counts, including receiving and attempting to receive child pornography, using the internet to “persuade, induce, and entice” a minor, and travelling from Texas to Florida “for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct” with a minor. He has pleaded not guilty.
The fifth episode of the new series of Cheer is titled “Jerry” and includes interviews with people involved in the case.
At the end of the episode, text appears on the screen reading: “Jerry has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago since his arrest in September 2020. He still awaits trial.
“If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum fifteen-year sentence.”
Morgan has now graduated and no longer cheers after not being able to compete in the finals they had been preparing for during the pandemic.
Speaking on Today, 22 year old Morgan said: "Obviously it was difficult, we worked the whole entire season for the competition and we didn't end up getting to compete, so it was a little difficult.
"We were in a pandemic and we didn't fully understand it at that point. We were devastated when we weren't cheering but nowadays we have FaceTime so we could still stay in contact and work through everything, it wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be.
"But we were looking at the bigger picture of it and I have all the memories from Navarro so it didn't necessarily end on a bad note, I was grateful to be able to spend the time that I did at Navarro.
"I'm not cheering anymore, my last time cheering was in 2020 before the pandemic hit.
"I'm currently living in Dallas and spending time with my new cat and my boyfriend and family and friends. I'm taking opportunities as they come."
Gabi joined Morgan on Today to discuss how her life has changed since becoming a star of the hit Netflix show.
She said: "I've definitely had more opportunities thrown at me. From a very young age I've kind of been in this type of environment and it just grew bigger and bigger outside of cheerleading. Normal people come up to me like, 'aren't you that girl from that show'?"
Discussing how the team were impacted by Jerry's arrest, she continued: "It was definitely devastating.
"I won't forget seeing it or hearing about it and my heart just, it sank to the bottom of my chest.
"I know the side of Jerry that you all know, the loving and kind Jerry and obviously all the things that happen, it was very overwhelming. It was devastating."
Speaking about how she is still competing, she added: "I'm actually still cheering, I'm out in Utah but I'm still going, I'm still doing my thing.
"I'm not really sure what the future holds because I just go wherever the wind takes me and I will probably be flipping until I possibly cannot anymore."
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La'Darius alarmed fans of the hit show in September 2020 when he wrote in a social media post: "Some people are strong enough to make it in the end but my fight stops here."
However, his former roommate Debbie Bonner – who also appeared on Cheer – updated his fans, writing: "Ladarius Marshall is safe are home here in Texas with me @dlbonn.
"Thank you all for carrying for our Boy, he will receive the help he needs I’ll make sure of it. We will take good care of him."
He returned to Navarro for the 2020-2021 season and, therefore, appears in the new series.
He also helps coach and train cheerleaders at Cheer Athletics Pensacola in Florida.
La'Dariuas has recently opened up on his aspirations to act telling Dallas Morning News: "I want to act so bad, and I feel like it’s time for me to do that.
"I'm going to be a film star. It's just in my blood."
Lexi left viewers in shock when she was arrested at the end of the first season after police found drugs in her car when she and friends were pulled over on the highway.
The 23 year old's coach, Monica Aldama, subsequently kicked her off of the squad due to their zero tolerance policy, but it has come to light that Lexi has been given a second chance.
Monica had previously said that she's kicked people off the team before, but she doesn't "ever just shut the door and tell them I’m done with them."
Speaking to HuffPost, Monica said: "Her charges were dismissed for what she was pulled over for.
"Her coach reached back out to me, and her mom and her grandmother really wanted her back here to have the structure that she had.
"I felt like she had an opportunity to learn from it and it was time to give her a second chance.
"I even said at the end of the series that I really felt like she still needed to be here and I still wanted to be involved with her."
Monica is still the coach of Navarro and has built a celebrity profile for herself since the show aired.
The 49 year old competed on Dancing With The Stars in 2020 but was eliminated sixth.
Her memoir, Full Out! Lessons from America's Favourite Coach, in which she discusses the show, was released earlier this month.
She wrote of the squad: "Seeing their profiles in the documentary made me understand them much better, and I was glad to see how much the world responded to their spirits.
"It’s one thing to hear, 'I had it rough as a kid.' It’s another to hear about abuse and neglect. When you see these brave young people pouring their hearts out, how can you not feel moved?"
The second season of Cheer is now available to stream on Netflix
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