MTV struck reality gold when they came up with the idea for 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. The wildly successful show wouldn’t have its successful ratings without the scandals and drama the girls went through, but like they say, even bad press is good press. Anybody who watches reality television knows that some parts of the show don’t happen naturally… which makes you wonder, what’s real and what’s fake? Is there drama behind the scenes that we don’t see?
We’ve scoured the Internet and have found some of the best kept secrets about the MTV show that every fan should know.
Out of the 47 teen moms featured on the first four seasons of 16 and Pregnant, more than half of the girls were from the south. This means almost 30 of them were from south of West Virginia or east of Texas. Why? Southern girls have more of that famous attitude and “redneck” character that does so well on reality television.
Kailyn Lowry almost quit the show after she was unhappy with the way her season 2 footage was edited. She said the intimate scene (a shower scene) between her and ex-boyfriend Jo was scripted because MTV wasn’t around to catch her cheating.
She also revealed that the scene where she confesses her infidelity to Jordan was reenacted, which is why she comes off so “coldhearted.” Jordan already knew about the cheating, but because of his contract, they had to reenact the conversation on camera.
Crew Members AKA Paparazzi
In order to capture as many personal stories from the girls as possible, film crews would begin following them during their fourth and fifth month of the pregnancy.
A director, producer, and camera crew would be assigned to each girl and tail them around for up to 13 hours a day. One former camera operator, known online as “Opticalsk” wrote on a Q&A chat on Reddit, “It’s one of the worst jobs I’ve had.”