Are these reality shows the real deal? From the get-go, the producers of MTV’s Teen Mom and its spinoffs (including the long-running Teen Mom 2) have been accused of editing scenes to fit their specific storylines — even if they have nothing to do with what’s really going on in the real lives of Leah Messer, Kailyn Lowry, and all of our other favorite 16 and Pregnant alums.
And it’s not just fans who have called out MTV. Even the stars of the show have slammed the network for their unfair portrayals. So, obvi, many fans are left wondering if the Teen Mom franchises are totally scripted. Well, the answer is, no, not really. But MTV has apparently fudged the truth more than once. Here’s what Jenelle, Farrah, Leah, and Co. have said about the series being fake.
Most recently, Jenelle took to Instagram to clear up the rumors, and her message was pretty straightforward. When a fan asked “Is Teen Mom 2 staged?” during a Q&A on Instagram Stories on Sept. 3, she simply replied, “Nope.”
Farrah, however, never holds back when it comes to any aspect of her life, and now that she’s been fired from the popular series, she’s gone OFF on the show’s producers. The reality star mama chatted with us at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscars Party earlier this year and detailed her sudden departure.
“I just couldn’t take being villainized as a mother in front of my child anymore. I wanted to keep it docu-reality, like real life. I’m an amazing mother,” she said. “I look forward to doing scripted, and you know, the show is getting a little bit scripted in its own right, so I think it was just a natural change into film.”
But she claimed there was no bad blood. “I think I left Teen Mom on a high note. It was its longest season, it’s doing amazing thanks to myself, and I really just want the best for all the other women on the show.”
In April 2016, the West Virginia native let fans know that she took issue with one particular episode of Season 7, in which she and ex-husband Jeremy Calvert had an emotional discussion about the demise of their marriage. Leah, 26, tearfully told Jeremy, 29, “So we shouldn’t have just gave up.” Next, the scene cut to Jeremy — who shares daughter Addie, 5, with Leah — seemingly disregarding her comment by staying silent on the topic of their marriage.
But there was a part of the conversation that MTV supposedly left on the cutting-room floor — and Leah was rightfully pissed about it. “I’m 99.9% sure those feelings were mutual. I could go into detail, but won’t,” she tweeted. “Oh, how I love this fake a#% TV show #SoOverIt.”
That March, Leah also claimed that MTV edited her storyline to gain more viewership. ‘It’s so sad how the person behind the editing can even live a happy life by editing to manipulate the audience watching,” she wrote on Twitter. “It makes me feel like my life story isn’t enough.”
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During 2015’s Season 6, the Pride Over Pity author shared her disappointment in MTV for solely focusing on her fraught relationship with ex Jo Rivera, with whom she shares son Isaac, now 8. Kail was upset that none of the hard work she had put in at school was getting any airtime, which she felt gave fans an inaccurate depiction.
“Yet another episode where none of my accomplishments are shown,” she tweeted. “Hard work in school, deans list, etc. I want to motivate other young moms to stay in or finish school. Not be asked to talk about Jo drama.”
Kailyn also lashed out at MTV on July 31, 2017, accusing the network of rearranging the sequence of moments in a poor way. “They did that several times on tonight’s episodes,” she tweeted, adding that she “lost [her] mind” after producers allegedly “provoked” her son Isaac to cry on camera.
The South Dakota resident, 27, also shared her indignation with MTV on July 31 last year. As TM2 viewers witnessed, Chelsea expressed concern about her daughter, Aubree, 8 — from her relationship with Adam Lind — and her jealous attitude toward little brother, Watson, 1, whom she welcomed with husband Cole DeBoer last January. It appeared as though Chelsea felt that Aubree’s envy was “taking away from Cole’s experience” as a new dad, but she explained on Twitter that the convo didn’t go down like that.
“Just a little something that irked me about the show tonight. There’s a part where I say, ‘I feel like it’s taking away from Cole’s experience,'” she wrote. “And that was taken out of context from a different convo and added in that scene for some reason.”
When she got into it with fans in the Instagram comments section, Mackenzie Edwards, Ryan Edwards‘ wife, let fans know just what she thought of the show the couple had left a few months before. She called the MTV hit a “a lame, fake, boring and scripted tv show that uses people’s life issues as a way to gather ratings and money.” That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?
Despite the ladies’ claims that the show is fake AF, Kail’s ex-husband, Javi shut down their allegations during an exclusive interview with In Touch. “This is our story. I don’t know how editing is so bad when no one is forcing us to say the things we do,” the father-of-one — who shares son Lincoln, 4, with Kailyn — told us. “We control our story, so I never understand that. Yes, they may cut some things out, but we should be cognizant about what we say knowing they may cut some things out.”