The Internet is blowing up today about the article posted in the NYPost last night about the possibility of Teen Mom 2 being cancelled due to Jenelle being Jenelle.
My biggest question is, what took them so long?
I’m going to say it, Teen Mom 2 has probably the worst cast of people you could possibly want for a show that is supposed to create awareness about teenage pregnancy. Jenelle is an obvious wreck, but is she the only reason the show has gone down the tubes? Not by a long shot.
There is only one mother there who represents a strong, independent woman who is trying to lead the best life possible for her child, and that is Kailyn. While Chelsea and Leah also appear to be good mothers, they are pretty terrible role models. One is a spoiled “daddys girl” who is brutally obsessed with the father of her child, to a point where it’s pathetic to watch. The other is a girl who has been pregnant 3 times (sadly one miscarried), married twice and is about to have 3 kids before the age of 21. In addition, she sends out messages like government assistance is bad, despite clearly being a candidate if not for the Teen Mom 2 lottery she won. (It is debatable if she meets and marries Jeremy – who now supports her – if she isn’t on the show)
I know Jenelle is allegedly the reason Teen Mom 2 may not return after their filmed fourth season, and people probably want me to tear into her because of it, but I’m not going to. Why? Because there is no need. Everyone knows she is a terrible role model, and was cast as a ratings grab for the series. She did her job as Teen Mom 2 is one of the highest rated shows on the network, so it’s only natural she’d also be the scapegoat when the show collapses in on itself.
If it’s true that Teen Mom 2 won’t return after season 4, it won’t be solely on Jenelle’s shoulders. It won’t even be on the dull rest of the cast. It will be the same reason that Jersey Shore and Teen Mom 1 ended. The problems the cast give the network become less worth the reward when that cast starts demanding more money. The network that became filthy rich off of shows like Jackass is not going to suddenly take a moral high ground because one of the cast members became a literal “teen mom junky”.
They could just as easily scrap Jenelle and make the show about the 3 remaining moms, but are the same amount of people going to tune in to watch Chelsea cry over her ex-boyfriend, Leah on marriage #5 and baby #8 or Kailyn doing exciting things like taking Isaac for his first haircut? It’s either keep Jenelle and the headaches she brings, or scrap the entire show. I highly doubt there is a 3rd option on the table.