MTV Celebrates 10 Years of ‘Teen Mom’: Here are the Craziest Moments
The next season of MTV Teen Mom will mark the tenth anniversary for the franchise. Initially a spin-off of 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom has turned into one of the most successful series in reality television history. We have also experienced the highs and lows with the original cast, Farrah Abraham, Catelynn Baltierra, Maci Bookout, and Amber Portwood. In honor of the anniversary, here are the top ten craziest moments from the “OG cast” of Teen Mom.
Ryan Edwards nods off while driving to his wedding
During the finale for Teen Mom Season 6, Ryan Edwards appears to fall asleep while driving his soon-to-be wife to their wedding. The scene was so shocking, MTV displayed warnings beforehand. The bride-to-be, Mackenzie Standifer, asked Edwards why he was swerving, to which he responded the sunlight was keeping him from opening his eyes.
He takes his sunglasses off, clearly still struggling to open his eyes, and Standifer grabs the wheel to help him drive. At one point, viewers see Edwards had completely fallen asleep, only to wake up when Standifer spoke. She turned the cameras off and asks if he “took Xanax again.” Edwards has since completed a rehab stint.
Amber gets violent with Gary
Amber Portwood and the father of her child, Gary Shirley, got into a physical altercation on camera. Viewers watched stunned as Portwood shoved Shirley against the wall, choked, and slapped him several times. Because their daughter, Leah, was in the room when the fight occurred, officials charged Portwood with domestic violence. MTV turned over unedited footage of the incident to police for the investigation.
Catelynn defends giving her daughter up for adoption
On Teen Mom Season 1, Catelynn and her step-dad, Butch, got into an argument after a conversation about her daughter, Carly. When Catelynn and Tyler made the difficult decision to give Carly up for adoption, and April and Butch both disagreed with their decision. Butch claimed he didn’t understand how they could give up their child, and Catelynn shot back, defending her decision. The two came face to face until April broke them up.
Catelynn’s suicide scare
In Season 7, Catelynn and Tyler shocked viewers by revealing they suffered a miscarriage. Tyler described the horrific moment they found out and compared it to when they gave Carly up for adoption. After the miscarriage, Catelynn began struggling with suicidal thoughts and decided to check into rehab for help.
Maci and Kyle break up
Viewers were excited when Maci Bookout and Kyle King became an official couple. He seemed to be a sweet southern gentleman and was great with her son, Bentley. Bookout even moved from Chattanooga to Nashville to be closer to King. However, Bookout shocked everyone when she announced she and King broke up on a Teen Mom reunion. She claimed King talked to different girls behind her back.
“The Slap Heard Around the World”
During Farrah Abraham’s episode of 16 of Pregnant, she and her mother, Debra Danielson, were arguing and yelling while riding in a car. Abraham mouthed off to her mom, causing her to reach across and smack Abraham on the shoulder.
Maci sparks controversy by spanking son
In Being Maci, a spin-off of Teen Mom, Maci Bookout disciplined her then five-year-old son, Bentley. He was misbehaved, causing Bookout to take him into the bathroom and smack his butt. MTV did not show the spanking on camera. She then defended her decision on critics on Twitter, claiming she was also “spanked as a kid for being a brat.”
Farrah and Producer Larry come to blows
In the Season five finale, Abraham and producer, Larry Musnik, got into an argument over Abraham’s desire to do another show. The new show would feature Abraham’s “struggles with her mother.” However, MTV would not allow her to go through with the show, calling it a breach of contract. Abraham responded by calling Musnik “white trash” and, as the argument intensified, shoved him.
Catelynn and Tyler were once step-siblings
Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra first appeared on 16 and Pregnant as a pregnant young couple and step-siblings. After Catelynn and Tyler started dating, Catelynn’s mom, April Brockmiller, and Tyler’s dad, Butch Baltierra, fell in love and married. Butch and April ended up divorcing only a year later after a domestic dispute which resulted in a no-contact order.
Amber and Matt’s shaky relationship
Viewers were suspicious of Matt Baier since he stepped in front of Teen Mom’s cameras. Baier, then 46-years-old, owed child support for several secret biological children. Fans also caught Baier reaching out to other Teen Mom stars including Farrah Abraham and Jenelle Evans.
There was also a Teen Mom episode in which Baier became angry because Portwood didn’t want to marry him on the spot in Las Vegas. He even suggested to a producer that she “do sexual acts” to cut the Vegas scene out of the show. They ended up going on Marriage Boot Camp to save their relationship. However, they broke up halfway through and have since moved on to other people.
Watch the new Teen Mom season Monday, June 10, at 10 P.M. on MTV!