Last month it was revealed that MTV is planning to expand the cast of Teen Mom 2 by adding Teen Mom 3 star Briana DeJesus. As you might imagine, the decision was a polarizing ones among fans of the show.
One person who has no problem at all with MTV’s decision is Briana’s Teen Mom 3 co-star Alex Sekella, who posted her response on social media on Wednesday, admitting that her “name was probably not even mentioned because they knew that I did not want it.”
Here is Alex’s full statement:
After finishing Teen Mom 3 and being told they weren’t continuing I said there and then that I’m done with filming, I’m wiping my hands clean of this and moving forward. So I’m sure when the discussion about pulling cast members from Teen Mom 3 for Teen Mom 2 my name was probably not even mentioned because they knew that I did not want it.
Honestly though that was the best decision I could of made. I’ve been able to start a normal life and start a REAL career that will last a very long time and benefit my children. I’ve also been able to find a real relationship that won’t be picked and prodded at by the world to see. I have had a pretty drama free life since the end of Teen Mom 3 and I don’t believe that any of that would’ve happened if I had not removed myself.
Alex’s post drew appreciative responses and virtual applause from numerous commenters, including Lekota McCann, who had a son with Alex’s ex (and Bella’s dad) Matt McCann last January. Here is what Lekota wrote:
Can personally tell you I’m thankful you chose that because not only have you protected you and Bellie but you’re also protecting Matty and I. I’m very thankful for that and honestly, you’re so much classier than reality TV.
[Just so you don’t get confused, when Lekota says “Matty” she is referring to her son. She and Matt Sr. split up after he relapsed on drugs.]
In case you were curious what Alex turned her back on financially, The Ashley’s Reality Roundup has the inside scoop on how much MTV is paying Briana DeJesus to return. The Ashley reveals she will make a measly $20,000 for the entire season, which is WAAAAYY below the $300,000+ that the other Teen Mom 2 moms make. (My jaw dropped when I read that figure. I assumed it was a typo, but confirmed it with The Ashley.)
Alex mentions that MTV probably never even considered her because they knew she wouldn’t want to do it, and that lines up with The Ashley’s sources, which tell her that the network did consider Teen Mom 3 mom Mackenzie McKee and 16 & Pregnant mom Lindsey Nicholson (formerly Lindsey Harrison). “The producers were considering [Lindsey] for a while, but apparently her life didn’t have the high level of drama the producers were looking for,” The Ashley says. It sounds as though that was also true for Alex — which Alex is genuinely thankful for.
There’s still no word if MTV will be looking to expand the Teen Mom OG cast. Perhaps they have time to wait to see how the Briana experiment works out before making that decision. Of course, this makes me wonder if that casting call they put out recently for a new Teen Mom series might have actually been for Teen Mom OG. If you recall, 16 & Pregnant star Ashley Salazar revealed last month that she had applied and said at the time that it was “looking good so far.”
So do you think Alex made the right decision? What about Briana? I’m leaning towards yes on both — although Briana should be making a lot more than $20,000 for the season!