Get ready! Teen Mom fans are about to see a side of Maci Bookout they have never seen before. The 26-year-old MTV star will be appearing on an upcoming episode of Naked and Afraid. Maci will be testing out her survival skills on the celebrity edition of the hit Discovery show — and sources shared details about her upcoming episode.
"Maci spent a great deal of time training for the show before she left,” a source told The Ashley Reality Roundup. "She got to bring a few extra 'personal' items than the typical contestant on the show, but other than that, she didn’t get a lot of special treatment."
In a clip of TMOG, Maci can be seen practicing her campfire skills with son Bentley, 9, who confesses he is worried about his mom appearing on the show. "I'm leaving for Nicaragua in a couple of days, what do you think of me actually doing it?" she asked. Bentley responded, "It's scary, sort of." He also revealed he does not think his mom could make it. "I'm kind of worried your partner might tap out." However, she quickly reassured her oldest child, adding, "I can survive without a man. I promise."
According to the insider, none of her MTV co-stars knew about her new show, but that it has zero effect on her Teen Mom paycheck. "Because this show has nothing to do with Maci’s life as a teen parent, it was not a problem for her to do it,” another source added. "It doesn’t matter that it’s not a Viacom-owned show."
For those unfamiliar with the show, Naked and Afraid pairs up one man and one woman who must work together to survive in the wilderness for 21 days — without food, water, or their clothes. The contestants are usually allowed to bring one personal item, but seeing as it is the celebrity edition of the reality competition, we wouldn't be surprised if the reality star turned survivalist is given a few extra perks.
Recently, Maci has always been open about her struggles with PCOS. However, we don't think that will have any impact on her ability to test her limits in the wild. And if you think the show is scripted, think again. "That has to be choreographed because we’re shooting two people walking to a spot," supervising producer Mathilde Bittner explained to Reality Blurred. "That’s as much as we do. The rest of the time, they just have to figure out how to do it themselves."
She continued, "We don’t give them sandwiches at the end of the day. They will ask for things — they ask for Snickers bars and cake and spray and whatever — but it’s very much what you see." We know we'll be watching!
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