Mackenzie McKee Talks About Her Upcoming MTV Special & Beef With Briana DeJesus During Interview On Kail Lowry’s Podcast

“I’m ready to spill some tea!”

Mackenzie McKee got chatty during an appearance on Coffee Convos, the podcast co-hosted by Teen Mom 2 star Kail Lowry. The former Teen Mom 3 star opened up about everything from her mother’s battle with Stage 4 cancer, to how she really feels about her former co-star Briana DeJesus.

Mackenzie also addressed the rumors going around about her getting Farrah Abraham‘s spot on Teen Mom OG.

(Just to note, although many other media outlets are reporting that Mac officially has the spot, The Ashley has NOT confirmed this, as her independent sources tell her that’s not the case at all. Mackenzie is/was in the running, but, despite the media reports, it is not official. The Ashley will confirm it when her sources do.)

The one-hour podcast covered a ton of juicy topics, but The Ashley has highlighted a few of the most interesting. Here’s what Mackenzie had to say…

On why ‘Teen Mom 3’ got cancelled: 

Mackenzie said she was as shocked as the viewers when she heard that MTV was pulling the plug on ‘Teen Mom 3’ after just one season.

“It happened so fast,” Mackenzie told Kail and her co-host Lindsie Chrisley. “We had to wait a year for it to air and then they called and were like, ‘We’re done with you guys.’”

“Half of us wanted to [film] on and half of us really showed that they didn’t want this life,” Mackenzie added. “And this lifestyle isn’t for everyone. It takes a strong backbone to read stuff about yourself. But we never really got a clear answer about why it got cancelled.”

Kail said she was shocked when the spin-off got canned.

“I was a little salty that they were adding more girls, but I actually kind of like some of your stories, so I was surprised when I heard they were cancelling it,” she said.

On life after ‘Teen Mom 3’ was cancelled: 

Mackenzie said the cancellation was actually a blessing in disguise for her.

“Right when we finished, my life went into a very dark place,” Mackenzie said. “It was like the worst it had ever been. I got married, and that was beautiful, but then it went back to being bad. My relationship with [my husband] Josh got worse, and I just kept thinking to myself, ‘I’m so glad this isn’t on TV right now because this is the hardest time in my life.’

“It makes me respect [the ‘Teen Mom’ casts] so much more,” she told Kail. “You guys went through the hardest times of your life being on TV for years with no break.”

On her feud with Briana DeJesus:

Mackenzie was open about her strained relationship with her former ‘Teen Mom 3’ co-star and friend, Briana. (As we know, Briana was given the spot on ‘Teen Mom 2’ that Mackenzie was vying for.) She said things didn’t turn sour between them until after Briana was back on TV.

“I think people think I hate Bri when I don’t,” Mackenzie said. “Me and Bri chatted about it and were like, ‘We’re really close, let’s not let this get to us.’ I told her I did not say any of the stuff [that was out there], and she was like, ‘OK, I still love you, I’m here for you.’

“Then her TV thing airs and she says, ‘Mackenzie’s salty and says blah blah blah about me having multiple baby daddies’… I did not say any of that. It was ridiculous,” Mackenzie said. “We haven’t talked since.” (This is the interview Mackenzie claims she didn’t give, by the way.)

Mackenzie claimed that her last interaction with Briana was a negative one.

“The last time me and Bri talked she told me that I am a nutcase and that I need to get my tubes untied,” Mackenzie said. “So we just kind of blocked each other from there and haven’t talked since. It was just a mess. There’s no hate now; I’m not going to let it consume my life…I don’t know what it would be like if me and her were to run into each other. I thought about that…I hate having beef with people but that’s the last time we talked, and those were her last words to me.”

On returning to MTV in an upcoming special: 

As The Ashley told you previously, MTV was recently filming Mackenzie and her family for an upcoming special that will focus on her mother Angie Douthit‘s battle with Stage 4 lung and brain cancer.

“My mom got suddenly diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer,” Mackenzie said. “She has so many masses in her lungs that they stopped counting at 40. One of them is the size of an orange. Then the cancer went to her brain. It was kind of a shock because she doesn’t smoke, she doesn’t drink, she’s a marathon runner. She ran five miles in the morning, filmed three hours of cardio with me for my business and did a Crossfit workout that night. The next morning we find out she has Stage 4 lung cancer.

“She has had two rounds of radiation and lost her hair pretty much immediately…she does the new chemo pill, and she had a checkup the other day and the mass that was the size of an orange is half the size that it was,” Mackenzie said. “We’re getting good results.”

Mackenzie said MTV came calling after her mom’s diagnosis.

“As soon as that hit, she was an inspiration, she started to doing speaking and spoke out to people. So MTV decided to do a special about her story and her battle with cancer,” Mackenzie said. “It’s just a huge inspirational story. Have your tissues ready for this special.”

Filming for the special recently wrapped up, Mackenzie added.

“We filmed our last session last weekend,” she said. “They said [it will air] actually pretty soon. They said they want to wrap it up and start editing it. They said April, but that was pushing it, so it may be out in May.”

On the status of her marriage to Josh McKee:

“We are still married with three kids,” Mackenzie said. “Me and Josh had a very rocky marriage when it was just the two kids. We were like hot mess express all the way, couldn’t get ourselves together. We could not even stand each other most of the time.”

Things have gotten better for the couple in the last year or so. (Mackenzie and Josh are the parents of six-year-old son Gannon, four-year-old daughter Jaxie, and one-and-a-half-year-old Broncs.)

“It was harder having a rocky marriage with the two kids than it is [now] with the three with a good marriage,” she said.

On whether or not she’s joining ‘Teen Mom OG’: 

“My name is all over the place right now…I actually can’t answer anything because everything is up in the air right now,” Mackenzie said regarding her future with MTV. “I woke up and read all these articles [about me joining the show] that I didn’t even know about! I know people saw cameras filming in the background on my Snapchat and thought, ‘It’s true, she is on OG’ and I’m like, ‘No this is for my mom’s special.’”

Mackenzie said she’s hoping to get the spot, though.

“I’ve missed sharing my life. I’ve always enjoyed sharing my life,” Mackenzie said.

“There’s a lot that I can’t answer, but I would absolutely love to be part of the family again. It’s in God’s hands, if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’m still going to continue doing my fitness stuff.”


To listen to the entire episode of Coffee Convos (and you should because they talked about a lot of interesting stuff) click the link below!

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29 Responses

  1. I have never seen any of the 16 and Pregnant moms after season 2. So, just like Brianna, I’m going to skip her segments. I don’t want to get to know any new girls.

  2. Mackenzie- if you’re reading this, I was so pleased to hear about your Mom’s progress. Such wonderful news! I’ve prayed for your family in the past and I will again tonight. Much love to your whole family.

  3. I really hope that her mom gets better and healthy again….no one should have to go through that. Cancer Sucks.

  4. Sorry but I really can’t warm to this girl.
    I think she’s a childish attention seeking moron.
    Her hubby treats her so bad, and she’s a doormat.

  5. I don’t want her or Mack on TMOG. They both seem extra thirsty for fame. Like, is the MTV paycheck worth your dignity? Apparently it is, as is the z-list fame.

  6. What I don’t understand is why they would pick girls from TM3. The show got cancelled because nobody was interested. I was shocked that Briana was added to TM2. I know people were talking about how all the girls on the show were white and that it lacked diversity, so MTV wanted to add a woman of color, which they did, but they basically picked one of the worst examples for young girls, especially because literally nothing had changed with her and she was knocked up by a random guy when they decided to cast her. There were so many other girls they could have chosen if diversity is what they were going for, personally, I would have liked to see Jordan Howard, Samantha Hernandez, Jennifer Del Rio, or Allie Mendoza take that spot, because all of those girls actually set a good example and we haven’t seen them since like 2011. I don’t particularly want to see Mackenzie on TMOG, and honestly, it’ll just come down to me doing the same thing I did when Farrah was on, recording the show, and fast forwarding through her segments as if they were commercials.

  7. I don’t want to watch an hour special about a teen mom’s, mothers fight with cancer. If I feel the need to watch something like this it certainly wouldn’t be something MTV produced. I watch TM because its fun to watch idiots, try to pretend to be normal. Always rooting for Chelsea,the rest are just dancing clowns.

  8. I find I just don’t care about this girl. At all. I hope she has a good life, and I have zero desire to see it play out on my tv. Just like I don’t care about Briana. The window of time to make us collectively care about, or even have interest in,these “new” girls closed years ago. Continuing to bring in pinch hitters will kill the TM franchise faster than almost anything else.

  9. As someone mentioned on twitter, why not just put original Teen Mom OG and 2 girls together and stop adding new ones?! Ofc the best thing would be to cancel it all but lbr, it’s prob not gonna happen. What will Morgan J. Freeman live from then?!

    1. Personally, I think it would be best if they dropped some of the girls and only kept; Maci, Chelsea, Leah, and Kail. The other girls are either really terrible examples, or aren’t actually parenting their children. MTV could save a while lot of money on salaries fro these ungrateful trash boats if they actually started cracking down and firing trash like Jenelle, realized that Tyler and Catelynn have no place on the show, that Amber is far from a mother or role model, and that Briana is an immature moron who sets an awful example for young women, let alone young mothers. What I really want is just Maci and Chelsea.

      1. MORECLASSIERPARENTING: You had me literally laughing out loud at “Trash boats” as a descriptor!

  10. When I first saw Josh, I honestly thought he was just a shy guy that didn’t enjoy being filmed. I don’t think I’ve honestly seen this guy excited/enthused about anything, and Mac always seemed to be the one doing everything to keep them together. Didn’t he leave her several times? She flushed her wedding ring? Wrecked a brand new car, etc. Something is up with McKey, but I think she’d be far more interesting than Ryan’s wife

    1. It sucks because in the end, we’re all just going to end up fast forwarding through either girls scenes, but what it really comes down to is who you think doesn’t deserve the big mtv paycheck. Personally, I think McKee is a massive attention whore. She’s been trolling for attention since her 16&P aired and seems to not be able to let got of her 5 minutes of fame. But I’d rather she have the money than Mackenzie and Ryan Edwards, because Mackenzie Edwards is a legitimate predator who targeted a vulnerable drug addict for fame/money.

  11. The comment briana made to her about getting her tubes untied? Does she have her tubes tied? And if so why is that a comeback? To have more kids. Im confused. Unless that was mispoken on her end.

    1. Yeah, I was like……….so you WANT her to have more children and eventually die of childbirth (she had complications with her last one and she is already a diabetic), is that it?! Because that’s the only conclusion I can make of this: she wants her to die of childbirth. (Which is awful of course)

  12. So this Coffee and Convos mess is an hour long? What the hell?! Anyway, this girl is a mess, she says she wants to be back on tv because she loves to “Share her story,” right, I’m sure it has nothing at all to do with the money. She just always struck a nerve with me since she asked for donations so she could get new tittays and now she’s trying to act like she wants to be an inspiration to others by putting her story out there….. you are nothing to aspire to honey.

    1. I will say, at least she has an income apart from MTV. She has all her fitness stuff going on and her husband works. Unlike Amber, Catelynn (seems like Tyler does all the work for the clothing line), Briana?, Leah, Jenelle, Chelsea.

      1. That’s only because they don’t have an MTV income right now. Do you really think they’d both keep working one those MTV checks start coming in?

  13. I’d much rather have her than Mack, Ryan’s wife. However I always felt like Mackenzie had band aid babies to fix her relationship with Josh. He never seemed that thrilled with the last two kids they had.(he actually never seems thrilled with much).

  14. I’m sorry about her mom, but I’m never going to be a fan of Mack. She’s as dumb as a box of rocks, and her marriage seems incredibly dysfunctional. They’ve broken up and gotten back together like a thousand times, whether they’re married or not seems to make no difference to them. I wish Kail had asked her about her sex tape.

  15. I would like to see the special cause I liked her family. I never liked her or Josh. I wouldn’t want them to get any MTVmoney. They pay enough idiots already.

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