Would they go this far?!
With Teen Mom being on air for as long as it has, it should be no surprise that numerous fan theories have evolved over the years. Many times, these theories are grasping at straws, or can’t be confirmed by any evidence by the cast members or the show itself… but it looks like one of the most extreme and shocking theories may have some basis in the real world.
Many members of the Teen Mom fan community have often discussed the possibility of a “baby bonus,” meaning that MTV executives bribed cast members with an under-the-table payment for every time they got pregnant. Many fans believed that this is the reason that so many of the girls have had multiple pregnancies over the years.
Although there was never evidence for this theory, it looks like now it might have more basis in reality than most thought! One of the Teen Mom cast members is now confirming that MTV has offered the girls extra money if they get pregnant.
It’s no secret that viewership of reality shows tends to increase during particularly dramatic life events. No one would tune in for a show about well adjusted adults who have absolutely no problems to deal with. It’s pretty safe to assume that Teen Mom’s viewership increases when one of the girls has an unplanned pregnancy, but would MTV go as far as to bribe the girls to get pregnant on purpose?
News of Amber Portwood’s second pregnancy just broke, and it’s pretty safe to assume that it wasn’t an expected pregnancy. It’s also well known that Amber has had serious financial problems recently, thanks to her ex Matt Baier who allegedly drained all of bank accounts. Now, one of Amber’s co-stars is accusing her of taking bribes to get pregnant.
Simon took to Twitter to share his accusations. He wrote, “Poor Amber had to get knocked up for [executive producer Morgan J. Freeman]’s financial gain! How sad! It’s like a breeding mill over at #TeenMomOG.”
He added, “In No means was this to attack Amber, I feel bad actually for what some of these people go through to satisfy Morgan’s needs.”
This accusation comes on the heels of Simon’s (maybe) ex Farrah being “fake fired” from MTV. Farrah went on a long rant against MTV execs and producers, accusing them of being manipulative and even of committing “hate crimes” against her. “My daughter, my family, my self have all suffered for the contrived, malicious hate crime against me. God is great as I have rose above and am successful beyond all of these set backs!” she wrote.
This isn’t the first time that Simon has accused MTV’s executives of bribing and manipulating the cast. here
In an interview with Radar Online, Simon gave more details about his accusation. He claimed that Teen Mom’s producers are “very controlling individuals.”
“The reason why I also quit because producer Morgan J. Freeman hated the fact the I was successful,” he said. “I didn’t agree with how he went about treating people and putting them in harm’s way. He provides cast members with drugs, forces them to have kids and bribes them with bonuses to have strange men move in with them.”
These are some pretty big accusations, but not many of the fans seemed convinced.
“There is no part of me that believes Amber got pregnant to please the executive producer… shut the f–k up Simon,” wrote Reddit user DictaSupreme. User NotF*ckingHappy wrote “I have a really hard time believing this. If true, wouldn’t Amber have gotten pregnant a long time ago?”
Some even thought Simon was just looking for attention, as user secretguiltypleasure wrote, “Don’t understand why he brags about not being on the show ‘by choice’ but gets off on tweeting about teen mom all day.”
User SabrinaaT agreed, “Simon is a fame whore. It is sad seeing grown men act like petty like they have nothing better going on in their lives.”
But some users did think there might be some truth to the theory. User cleverusername83 wrote:
“Ok… ok take this with a pinch of salt but do youse think maybe this is a case of there’s no smoke without fire? Even people without the pay checks say this shit. I’m playing devils advocate here, I dunno. Just a thought.” Others had even more complex theories, like user Phoxee, who wrote, “One possibility is that amber got knocked up and told Larry that she wouldn’t film the pregnancy etc unless they fire Farrah. I mean everyone knows pregnant Amber is going to be a shit show. I feel sorry for that baby.”
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