What's going on off camera?
Long-time fans of Teen Mom may believe they know everything about the cast members. After all, many fans have been following them for nearly a decade since their first appearance on 16 and Pregnant. Of course, there are many people who know the cast members even better, such as their friends and family. But there’s one group of people who have seen more of the girls than practically anyone else: the crew members who have spent years with them, filming their every move.
At the end of the day, only about 15 minutes of each girl’s life makes it into the final cut of each episode. That means a lot of unused footage, experiences, and hours of time that the crew has witnessed ends up on the cutting room floor. As it turns out, even with how alarming some of the on-screen experiences can be, what happens off-screen is often even worse.
Now, many stories from the crew are coming out, showing what happened to stay off camera… and a lot of it is not pretty.
Farrah Abraham has been living with her father Michael in recent months, but before this, she was living in a sprawling Austin home. Apparently, she took such pride in her home that she put up some pretty intense rules for the crew members in place. In fact, at one point, she refused to even let crew members use the restrooms in her home — and that’s just the beginning.
“She got rid of the Porta-potty and still didn’t let the crew use her bathroom so they had to drive down the street to use the bathroom,” a crew member told The Ashley’s Reality Roundup. “There weren’t any public restrooms nearby either, so if you had to go to the bathroom, it kind of halted everything. And Farrah was very strict on that rule; there was no budging her even for an emergency.”
One crew member got the sense Farrah had no respect for them. “The fact of the matter is that she viewed the crew of Teen Mom as people who were ‘less than’ her, plain and simple,” another crew member told the outlet. “We all respect the houses of the girls, but it’s kind of hilarious that the crew can not enter the home without their shoes off but Farrah’s horse is allowed in the foyer!”
The cameras can’t catch everything, and that means sometimes the girls’ living situations might look different than they really are. Apparently, one crew member was so upset by what they saw when filming Leah Messer’s home that they wanted to call Child Protective Services.
“Every shoot i would want to call CPS. filthy houses (dog poop on the floor, bloody tampons sitting in a corner for months, weeks old food everywhere, etc) one of the worst is Leah, filthiest person i’ve met,” a former crew member accused in a since-deleted “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit.
According to this same crew member, it wasn’t totally uncommon for the crew to hit on the girls. In fact, he recalled one specific instance: “One crew member was caught in the hot tub at our hotel with one of the girls friends. He was promptly fired. They were in the tub. She asked for his age. He was 38. She started screaming and s**t hit the fan.”
One fan asked the crew member whether the show is scripted, and he said it was. “It’s not scripted in the way a narrative would be but the storyline is heavily produced by the director,” he revealed. “It gets to the point where the director is feeding them lines.”