There is a major cast shakeup going on at Teen Mom OG. In addition to Bristol Palin joining the cast, Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Standifer have announced they won’t be coming back next season because the couple isn’t happy with how MTV is portraying Edwards.
“We’re not returning to Teen Mom this season. The network told us they don’t want to show Ryan as a recovering addict,” said Standifer “But they did want to enter a contract with our unborn baby and have the baby film with Ryan’s parents so it would look like someone else is raising it.”
The couple says that if they aren’t going to appear on the show, they will not allow their child to be on the show, either. Standifer says that Teen Mom OG had been paying for and her unborn baby’s health care so they could film her doctor visits, but last week they told her they wouldn’t be doing that anymore. And, the show won’t be filming the birth of the child, so they aren’t going to be on the show at all.
Ryan Edwards and Wife Mackenzie Reveal They're Quitting Teen Mom OG: 'We're Not Returning' https://t.co/aukUrW70m9
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According to In Touch Weekly, Edwards also said that the network wants to listen to his ex and baby momma Maci Bookout when it comes to how he is doing even though she has no idea what is going on in his life. He said that Bookout wouldn’t film unless he quits the show and goes to rehab again, but he says he is sober.
It sounds like Edwards and Standifer are trying to convince fans that all is well in their marriage, and it is MTV’s fault that the couple won’t be on Teen Mom OG anymore. But some fans suspect that there is more going on behind closed doors.
Standifer recently started following an Instagram account called Co-parenting with A Narcissist, so despite sharing PDA pics, rumors continue to swirl around the couple that they could be headed for a split.
One fan joked that Standifer and Edwards are “perfect together,” while another said that they are both so in denial that they refuse to look at themselves or take accountability.
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Some fans thought that Standifer following the “Narcissist” Instagram page could be just to get information about how to deal with Zach Stephens, the father of her first child, Hudson.
But, whatever the situation, the couple continues to share sweet pics on social media, with Standifer recently posting a photo of Edwards giving her a kiss on the cheek, and another that featured her baby bump, with the caption, “Happiness is homemade.”
New episodes of Teen Mom OG will return to MTV later this year.