Over the past several years, “Teen Mom” has managed to find a devoted audience on MTV — and this is even with a good many people out there saying that this is not only exploitation at its finest, but that having people who went through teen pregnancy on TV (and making tens of thousands of dollars for it) sends the wrong message to teenagers unsure as to what to do with their lives.
Depending on your perspective, the announcement Friday is sure to either make you either sad or overjoyed — the original version of the show, which featured the adventures of Amber Portwood, Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell, and Farrah Abraham — will come to a close after four seasons. In a statement to Us Weekly, here is what the network had to say about the decision to end this version of the show:
“They will continue to be a part of our MTV family, and we’re thankful to these brave young women for sharing their stories and helping to make a positive impact on teen pregnancy prevention.”
This decision does not ultimately come as much of a surprise. The ladies in front of the camera here are growing beyond their “teen status,” and their babies are also starting to grow into toddlers. There is also the issue of some drama behind the scenes, including Portwood’s multiple arrests (which have forced into house arrest at her grandparents’ residence) — meanwhile, some other women are looking to take on some new careers, including Farrah’s aspirations to become a model and Maci taking on some public speaking.
There are no plans at the moment for MTV to cancel “Teen Mom 2” — the companion series that features Leah Messer, Kailyn Lowry, Chelsea Houska, and another troubled mom in Jenelle Evans. (There is also a “Teen Mom 3” coming up at some point in the next year.
Do you think this is the right move for the network to make?