Back in March, we reported on rumors of a Teen Mom spinoff that would bring together cast members from across the long-running MTV franchise.
Sources said this show would different from Teen Mom: Family Reunion, in that the girls would continue to film in their hometowns, and the series would serve as a replacement for Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2, which would now be canceled.
The move made sense, as Teen Mom ratings have been declining for years, and a condensed version would allow producers to trim the fat and fire some of the franchise’s less popular stars.
Now, insiders have confirmed that filming is underway for Teen Mom Legacy (yes … that’s really the working title), and it looks as though some of the original moms failed to make the cut.
According to a new report from The Ashley’s Reality Roundup, eight cast members are currently filming:
Thus far, Catelynn Lowell, Maci Bookout, Cheyenne Floyd, Amber Portwood, Leah Messer, Jade Cline, Ashley Jones and Briana DeJesus have survived the first round of eliminations.
But it’s possible that more stars will be let go between now and the time when the show premieres.
“Eight girls are filming for the show; whether or not all of the girls’ segments make it into the episodes will depend on how exciting their footage is,” one production source tells The Ashley.
“Everyone agrees that the original shows have become stale and forced, with the girls desperately trying to come up with storylines. With this format, only the girls with actual events happening in their lives that are film-worthy will make the final cut,” the tipster continues.
“The producers hope this will keep everything exciting for the fans, and also for the girls who are filming.”
Yes, it’s possible that the cast will be further downsized as a cost-cutting measure.
But for now, the only two stars have been left out of the new show are Kailyn Lowry and Mackenzie McKee.
The Kail news isn’t terribly surprising.
For months now, Lowry has been threatening to quit the show that made her famous, and she recently boasted that she makes more money from podcasting than from her appearances on MTV.
But it seems that Mackenzie was blindsided by the news that her services were no longer needed.
“Kail was asked but she turned the new show down,” a different production source tells The Ashley.
“But she was asked. Mackenzie was not asked. She was basically ghosted by MTV and [her producers] and was never actually told she was not invited to be on the show,” the insider alleges.
“They just didn’t respond to her and left her hanging.”
Obviously, Mackenzie got the rawest deal here (and since she was a late addition to Teen Mom OG, she’s probably not as financially comfortable as the other girls).
But it sounds like all of the moms will need to make lifestyle adjustments as a result of this latest shakeup.
“The cast only gets paid for the episodes they’re in. If their voice or image doesn’t appear in the …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip