It appears as though the rift between Teen Mom OG producers and soon-to-be former star Farrah Abraham is irreparable as a new report reveals that MTV has already chosen Farrah’s replacement! Well, almost chosen. There are technically two moms still in the running — both named Mackenzie.
The front runner to replace Farrah is Ryan Edwards’ wife Mackenzie Edwards, according to a new report from The Ashley’s Reality Roundup. Her source reveals that MTV has already set it up so that Mackenzie will take Farrah’s place and receive $3,000 per episode. “It is not a done deal yet, but the consensus is that Mackenzie Edwards will get the spot,” The Ashley’s source says. “Recently, they’ve been filming her life with Ryan for Maci [Bookout]’s segment almost more than Maci’s life. Plus, she was a teenage mother so it kind of makes sense.”
Although Mackenzie and Farrah couldn’t be any more different, they do seem to share one thing in common: they both have a sizable army of haters! So, if MTV’s intention was to fill the villain role, Mackenzie seems like a good choice — especially since they will be getting day-to-day interactions with Maci, perhaps the show’s least derided cast member.
But wait! There is still another dark horse in contention for Farrah’s spot on Teen Mom OG! Another source for The Ashley reveals that producers haven’t ruled out former Teen Mom 3 star Mackenzie McKee. As our readers are well aware, Mackenzie and her family are currently struggling with her mother Angie Douthit’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. A photo surfaced online that appeared to include MTV producers with the Douthit family, and The Ashley’s source confirms that they have resumed filming.
“There’s a production team that’s been going down to Oklahoma to film Mackenzie over the past few weeks,” one of the crew members says. “Right now, they are planning to use that footage to do a Teen Mom special. It will likely be ‘Being Mackenzie’ but that hasn’t been totally confirmed yet.”
UPDATE – Mackenzie knows what’s up — check out this tweet teaser:
Mtv spoils you with Starbucks. ?
— Mackenzie McKee (@DouthitKenzie) February 9, 2018
I think MTV is missing out on a golden opportunity here. I don’t think I need to say anything more than The Challenge: Teen Mom OG Slot. Mmm hm.
It’s important to note that it may not be an either/or with the Mackenzies. MTV has previously demonstrated that they are willing to expand the cast to five moms, as they did when they added Briana DeJesus to Teen Mom 2.
So what do you think of one or both of the Mackenzies joining Teen Mom OG? Making Ryan’s wife an official “Teen Mom” wouldn’t seem to change the much, other that giving her more air time and her own scrapbook graphic. In stark contrast, bringing Mackenzie McKee on board would be introducing a COMPLETELY new story line and would have a much greater impact on a show that has been around for nearly a decade. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing (at all), but it is more of a risk.
On a side note, I’m going to stir the pot a bit by saying that I think Ryan should get a pay increase as he will now be playing both the role of Maci’s ex (and Bentley’s dad) as well as Mackenzie’s husband. It’s only fair! Otherwise MTV will just be pocketing that extra money they would have paid the new cast member’s husband, right? 😉
Meanwhile, someone else is over here wondering why he got passed over for Farrah’s old gig: