As a viewer, people often wondered why crew members do not intervene in dangerous situations (like the fights between Amber and Gary or when Jenelle passed out on camera while she was high off heroine). According to the former camera operator, “As a camera operator I’m not allowed to interfere. Legally can’t even hold the babies. The producer/director would interfere and shape the ‘story.’”
The former MTV employee continued to say there is a policy in place when neglect or abuse is suspected, writing, “[The] rule was to file your complaint with [the] production manager. If the production manager felt that they were legally bound to submit the complaint to the authorities they would. Of course, they never did. It took a lot of alcohol to fall asleep. I couldn’t take it half way through the 3rd season and quit.”
The ex-employee also admitted that many of the teen’s houses were ‘filthy’ and ‘disgusting.’ (Leah’s was by far the worst, apparently.)
He wrote: “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 (Messer), filthiest person I’ve met. When feeding her twins she would spill a bunch of cheese puffs on the nasty carpet and the girls would crawl around and suck up the cheese puffs, no hands involved. This made me cry a few times.”
Best Person to Film
When asked who the camera man thought was the most level headed, he admitted he liked Corey Simms, Leah’s ex-husband and the father of her twins, the best. “The best person on the show is Corey, Leah’s ex. Really sweet guy. He never should have agreed to be on the show,” he wrote.