Maci Bookout discusses son Bentley’s TV retirement

Teen Mom Maci Bookout son bentley and boyfriend Kyle King

While Season 3 of Teen Mom plays out with Maci Bookout dealing with the relationship between her baby-daddy Ryan and boyfriend Kyle King it looks like she’s also been thinking about her son Bentley’s TV future.

In statements made to Life and Style the young mother who has had her son grow up in front of the cameras, from birth with her 16 & Pregnant episode to this day, knows that one day she’ll take him out of the spotlight so that he can have as normal a life as possible. Right now Bentley eats it up (as fans of the show know he’s a budding little tyke-star 🙂 ) and likes to see himself on TV but she knows one day things will be different.

“I think there’ll come a time when he’ll be like, ‘Mom, we’re not normal! Why does everyone want to take my picture? Why does everyone know my name, but I don’t know them?'”

She is concerned about stealing his childhood from him while at the same time she’s appreciative of the opportunities that the show has provided her family. She knows that without her money from the show that she would have to work full-time as well as be in school full-time and that she’d be missing out on many special moments with her son.

It’s good to hear Maci is already thinking about what the show means not just for hers but Bentley’s future as well.

  • Cait

    i like the show, so i’m not a hater, but i think it’s interesting that even she admits they’re “not normal.” isn’t the point of the reality show to be showing “normal” teen moms? that’s the problem with letting the show go on this long…they turn into stars and are no longer just normal teen moms. if they really wanted to show normal teen moms, they wouldn’t give any girl more than one season.

    • A.P.

      Exactly Cait. The show is no longer about showing the struggles of teen parenting, you can’t exactly be struggling when making over $100,000 a year.. Heck these girls make more money than I do and I work full-time! I think it started out as a way to show girls how hard it is to be a teen parent, but now its just about ratings. Its more of a reality show for the sake of entertainment than for educational purposes like they try to say it is.

      • Jessica

        I agreed I think that maybe that should of just had one season and then in 2 years do a follow up special on the girls

      • cait

        exactly…none of them even really work, as far as I’m aware of (they never mention/show it on the show like they used to). And Farrah’s hair modeling gig doesn’t really count, since I’m guessing her fame had a lot to do with that. I don’t really have anything against the girls (except Amber…..ugh), but I just don’t see it as realistic anymore.

        • Meghan

          I think what she means by “not normal” is the aspect of the cameras in their face 24hrs a day…… Which it’s actually not 24hrs a day, they have a schedule where they’ll shoot for a few hours a day, sometimes from 8am until 1pm sometimes from 3-9 or whatever they’ve determined best for each girl…. Or if their is something special happening one day, they may film that girl and her kid for the entire day just to catch the event, but then they won’t come at all the next day… Which they have to do because of child labor laws… But, they’re still normal people…….

  • eh

    Oh please this girl is full of it, she’s just saying that cause someone called her out on twitter by telling her she’s exposing Bentley to pedophiles.

  • nic

    she has no sense of reality anymore none of them do they are not struggling moms they get paid a lot for doin teen mom and other things like magazine deals as the kids get older they are goin to wonder why there are cameras following them around everywhere