Ryan & Mackenzie Edwards Say MTV Is Writing Them Off ‘Teen Mom OG’: Here’s The Real Reason Why They Got Booted (EXCLUSIVE!)

“Maybe we can start selling them weight loss teas on The Instagram or sumpthin’ for cash?”

The cast of Teen Mom OG is changing by the moment!

Just one day after it was announced that Bristol Palin would be joining the show, original ‘Teen Mom’ dad Ryan Edwards and his wife Mackenzie have stated that they were booted from ‘Teen Mom OG’…and The Ashley hears that it was Ryan’s baby mama, Maci Bookout, who helped the network make that decision!

In an interview with E! Online, Ryan and Mackenzie stated that MTV is writing them off the long-running reality TV show. From what it sounds like, the show’s higher-ups (and Maci) don’t believe that Ryan is still sober. (He confessed last year to having a heroin addiction before going to rehab last summer.)

“We’re not returning to Teen Mom this season. The network told us they don’t want to show Ryan as a recovering addict,” Mackenzie told E! Online.

As The Ashley told you yesterday, Bristol was brought into the cast after Maci refused to film for Season 8 if Ryan was allowed to film. (The Ashley’s sources tell her that Maci didn’t want Ryan filmed because she didn’t want Bentley to be able to watch his drug struggles play out.)

The Ashley’s sources tell her that Maci basically gave production an ultimatum.

“Maci–and a lot of other people around Ryan– do not believe that Ryan is sober. Maci told the producers that she did not want Bentley to be able to watch his father kill himself with drugs, so if Ryan was allowed to continued to film, she was done filming,” a crew source tells The Ashley.

“It was pretty much him or her, and they picked Maci over Ryan. That’s why Ryan is no longer filming. Ryan and Mackenzie can say whatever they want about MTV not wanting to show a recovering addict or whatever, but that’s the real reason behind them being let go from the show. Maci would not agree to film  until the network agreed that Ryan would no longer film,” the source added.

The Ashley hears this all went down about a week ago. That’s when the network agreed to cut Ryan from the show in order to get Maci to film. (She started filming right after they agreed.)

Lover Lover ?

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Ryan sort of confirmed this in his statement to E!

“They also want to take Maci’s word on how I’m doing,” Ryan said. “Maci’s said she’s not going to film unless I enter rehab again and quit the show. But I’m sober.”

In their interview with E!, Mackenzie– who is currently pregnant with Ryan’s baby– said that, after giving them the boot, MTV cut her off medically.

“The show had been paying for my healthcare and for the baby so they could film the visits and then a week ago they let me know that would no longer be the case,” Mackenzie said.

(Just to note: MTV does not generally pay for any of the cast’s medical care, since they are all considered independent contractors. If the network was, indeed, paying Mackenzie’s medical bills, that is very rare!)

“They’re not going to film the birth,” Mackenzie added. “We’re not going to be on [the show] at all. Maci can’t speak to Ryan and Ryan can’t speak to Maci – that was a mutual decision. But she doesn’t know what’s going on in our lives.”

Family ? It means everything ?

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Mackenzie and Ryan confirmed that Ryan’s son with Maci, Bentley, will still film for the show. Mackenzie claimed that MTV tried to get her and Ryan to sign a contract for their baby to be able to film.

“They did want to enter a contract with our unborn baby and have the baby film with Ryan’s parents so it would look like someone else is raising it…So they’re writing us out of the show right now and making it seem like we dipped out on our baby, on Bentley and on everyone. And that’s just not the case,” Mackenzie said.

“If they don’t want to film now, then we don’t want to film later,” she added.

On Friday, Ryan returned to his long-abandoned Instagram account to voice his anger about what went down with MTV, and to proclaim that he is sober, despite what anyone thinks.

“I will never stop speaking out against this horrible disease! It consumes your life and turns you into someone even you don’t know,” Ryan wrote. “I’m asking you to never give up. Each day is a struggle. I’ve made mistakes and I have really messed up in the past but there is so much hope ahead and it doesn’t mean I can’t change the future. If you or someone you know needs help, please don’t hesitate to go SAMHSA.gov. Help is out there.

“Don’t take everything you see on MTV as factual truth. They don’t want to show me or Mack in a happy light or that I am active in my recovery. I AM. They want me to look angry, passive aggressive and uncaring regarding things that mean the most to me. I’m done taking their shit and letting the world believe this by standing up for myself. You’re believing a lie. And soon… very very soon, you WILL see the TRUTH behind the LIAR.”

I will never stop speaking out against this horrible disease! It consumes your life and turns you into someone even you don’t know. I’m asking you to never give up. Each day is a struggle. I’ve made mistakes and I have really messed up in the past but there is so much hope ahead and it doesn’t mean I can’t change the future. If you or someone you know needs help, please don’t hesitate to go SAMHSA.gov. Help is out there. don’t take everything you see on MTV as factual truth. They don’t want to show me or Mack in a happy light or that I am active in my recovery. I AM. They want me to look angry, passive aggressive and uncaring regarding things that mean the most to me. I’m done taking their shit and letting the world believe this by standing up for myself. You’re believing a lie. And soon… very very soon, you WILL see the TRUTH behind the LIAR.

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During the last ‘Teen Mom OG’ Reunion, Ryan confirmed to Dr. Drew Pinsky that he wasn’t doing aftercare following his 20-or-so-day rehab stay.

“It’s honestly hard to find a counselor because of this TV show,” Ryan told Dr. Drew. “[A counselor] was like, ‘I’m not gonna see you because I don’t think the TV show and you are a good idea.’”

Dr. Drew expressed his concern about Ryan’s ability to maintain his sobriety without an aftercare plan.

“If he’s not doing any treatment, he needs to be on medication management,” Dr. Drew said at the time.

Anyway, now that Ryan and Mackenzie will not be making money from appearing on ‘Teen Mom OG,’ they are going to need other ways to support themselves. One way they are going to be doing that is by selling maternity/baby photos to the tabloids.

The Ashley hears that one of the largest tabloid companies is currently in talks with the couple to pay them for an in-depth interview about their baby, as well as photos.

Happiness is H•O•M•E•M•A•D•E

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“They were asking for between $10,000 and $12,000 for that exclusive,” a source tells The Ashley. “It looks like they’re going to get it, too. That’s part of the reason Mackenzie and Ryan recently returned to Instagram– to promote stuff like that.”

The Ashley will update this story when more information is available.

(Photos: MTV, Instagram)

68 Responses


  1. Mackenzie is a sexual predator. She married Ryan knowing damn well he was high and could not give proper consent. She is just as disgusting, if not more so than Bristol or Cheyenne.


  2. Active in his recovery? That’s crap.
    Ryan has done nothing (from what I’ve read and seen) to prove that he’s sober. He clearly doesn’t know that word means if you consider how absolutely wasted he was at his wedding.

    I stand with Maci and Taylor and I honestly think that you guys who say they’re drunks are idiots. They drink. People drink. I’ve never seen them wasted or acting risky with regard to their well being or their kids well being.

    Maci and Taylor are the very best parents I’ve seen on Teen Mom.


  3. Newsflash Mack and Ryan: nobody wanted you on their tv’s in the first place. I’ll take this as good news. I understand where Ryan is coming from, but dude you dug your own hole when you married that fame whore monster.


    1. Speak for yourself. I would much rather watch them than Cory Wharton and his baby momma Cheyenne. She tweeted a few years ago about killing white babies. She is a huge racist. Furthermore, I am far from interested in watching Bristol Palin either. She has made multiple homophobic comments. These new people are either racist or homophobic. I think I will choose Ryan and Mack any day over them.


      1. Mackenzie is a sexual predator. She married Ryan knowing damn well he was high and could not give proper consent. She is just as disgusting, if not more so than Bristol or Cheyenne.


  4. Oh, my gosh, y’all. The captions under Mack’s pictures are ridiculous. I’m sick of the “Happy little family” crap. Mack, you’re a ditz, and we’re not buying what you’re selling. if you think your loser husband is sober you’re absolutely nuts! We can all see that he isn’t.


  5. Well, I guess her plan to be ~famous just blew up in her face lol. Had a trap baby with Ryan to get more air time. Ahhh sweet, sweet karma. Can’t believe a tabloid is gonna pay them that much for a damn picture. Nobody outside of the TM fandom gives a shit or even knows about them!


    1. So true! Ryan and Big Mac are both liars. I also don’t think MTV was paying their medical. It’s like every single thing these 2 delusional losers say is a lie. Everything is everyone else’s fault. Grow the eff up!


  6. This is so stupid of Ryan. All he had to do was go to rehab again. If you’re sober, that should be really easy to do and you can tell everyone you’re going for the counseling part of it and to dig into why you used in the first place. Just like Caitlyn and Leah and all the other people who get MTV to pay for them to go to rehab for their mental health. You get a paid for vacation, you get to keep your lucrative job, your wife gets to stay in the limelight like she wanted, your baby’s medical bills are paid. And if you’re still filming than you get to drive your narrative and make sure everyone knows you’re going not bc you’ve relapsed but bc you’re focusing on mental health (or bc Maci is making you if you want okay it all spiteful). Why wouldn’t you just go?


    1. That’s a good point. If he was clean, it would be like a paid vacation. He would also learn more tips and skills to stay clean. If he had just done it, he would still have that big MTV check that his gold digger wife can spend lol.


  7. I think it’s ridiculous what any of these people have to say. While I do agree that Maci is right about not wanting Bentley to watch his dads struggles on tv, he’s already in a position to see what has already been filmed. And honestly how are any of these people putting their kids first? Bentley already will have to struggle with the embarrassment of his mom and dad’s fame off his birth while they were teenagers, an watch his mom getting pregnant two times after while promoting pregnancy prevention. MTV has set up these girls to fail at life in the future. They are paid so young and growing up so entitled that the shows demise is eminent and what exactly are they going to do after not really having to work for years which limited after HS education? The children don’t even get the choice to say they don’t want to film so they will always be known as the kids of these people. That can’t be an easy life for them.


    1. Maci’s last two children are her husband, Taylor’s . I don’t recall the time frame exactly, but weren’t they engaged at least when Jade was born? They were together for many years prior to the engagement.

      The show is promoting unplanned teenage pregnancy.


    2. Bentley also had to watch his mom naked and fail. I was embarrassed, and she isn’t even my mom. Wait until he and his friends are teenagers.


  8. I like how Mack says Ryan and Maci do not speak to each other and it was a “mutual” decision. Maci got a RESTRAINING ORDER, it wasn’t a mutual decision. The delusion is big with this one.


    1. Well, it was mutual between Maci and the judge. Maybe Ryan just doesn’t understand the true meaning of mutual 🙂


    2. You are right and I hope that Maci does not talk about Ryan like she knows anything about his life from now and going forward. MTV is going to want her to talk about him because the most dramatic thing about her, other than her and her husband’s drinking problem, is Ryan. Since she does not speak to him she will know nothing about him and it is not far for her to make things up for television.


  9. Does anyone remember the Pam Tillis song, “Queen Of Denial”? It fits Mackenzie very well. It’s about cheating, not drugs, but I still think it’s appropriate. Just Google it. It’s a fun song. Man, I miss country music of the 90s.


  10. Poor Mac. She stalked, hounded, and married a drug addled man so she could be on TV. She got pregnant by a man in active addiction so she could be the next Teen Mom. I guess she got what she paid for! Lol!


  11. Now why can’t MTV do this with Jenelle and Co???? Oh yeah, cuz her drama brings the money. So much for principles…


  12. Happy for Maci! They wouldn’t even sit on the stage at the reunion and discuss anything with her, because they obviously lie about everything. The gig is up!


  13. At the end of the day, something here is just not right. No matter WHAT Ryan and Co. try to sell, the simple fact remains that a hair follicle test from a reputable company is irrefutable. There’s no reason in the world why Ryan wouldn’t have that done if he were clean. Maci is doing the right thing for both Bentley AND Ryan ny refusing to support his lies. Ryan needs to feel real consequences if he has any hope of beating this.


  14. Bentley seeing Maci boozing and badmouthing his dad on the show surely is really healthy for him?
    Come down from your high horse. Maci is boring – just boot her too and see how she will support herself selling Tshirts ?


    1. Whatever. Pretty sure she doesnt drive around with her kids in the car while she is going unconscious. Pretty sure taylor is more of a father to all those kids than ryan is. All of those kids will see teen mom one day and then they can decide who had their best interests at heart. Its certainly not ryan or that blood sucking, enambling, moron mackenzie. Who basically had a trap baby for nothing. Stupid


    2. A beer here and their isnt a big deal. Im sure its stressful having a full camera crew with a bunch of kids running around. Shit id have a beer also. That being said i have never seen her slurring her words or driving while under the influence. The only time i have seen her drunk was at ryans wedding. And she was still no where near as messed up as ryan was. Shes never been arrested as far as we know. Mackenzie thought that macy was exploiting his drug addiction on the show. Well now shes not anymore no excuses now to get clean. Have a seat.


    3. I am with you! Maci and Taylor are alcoholics. Maci has even admitted to alcohol being a huge problem in their marriage. They are drinking in almost every scene. If they are drinking every single time they are filming I can guarantee they are drinking when they are not being filmed. That is not good for Bentley either. She is kind of a hypocrite. I find it disgusting she is refusing to film if he films but she is okay with them bringing on a woman that has made racist tweets about killing white babies. Plus Bristol has made homophobic comments many times as well too.


  15. Not a fan of Ryan and Mac, but wow, Maci is such a hypocrite…
    If Maci was really concerned for Bentley, then why did and does she allow him and her family to be filmed at all?! This is okay for her, because
    she wants / needs the money to support her lifestyle… But now she draws the line at Ryan ‘maybe’ using drugs? I personally think she just does not want them to get easy money like herself making her not a nice person.


  16. Not a fan of Ryan and Mac, but wow, Maci is such a hypocrite…
    If Maci was really concerned for Bentley, then why did and does she allow him and her family to be filmed at all?! This is okay for her, because
    she wants / needs the money to support her lifestyle… But now she draws the line at Ryan ‘maybe’ using drugs? I personally think she just does not want them to get easy money like herself -making her not a nice person. Viewers are not that stupid to buy all her bs.


  17. Being sober at the time of the interview doesn’t count, Rhine. Although I love watching a train wreck, his situation was turning into something very sad and dire…and you can tell he’s still refusing to get sober, and those women in his life are continuing to enable him. Mack should be leaving seen though…the checks are about to stop rolling in, and she’s gotta get those high child support payments and alimony before he can say he’s broke.


  18. This is what happens when you constantly lie, Ryan and Mackenzie. All the times Ryan was on drugs and you said he wasn’t, people knew you were lying.

    So now, even if he really ISN’T on drugs, why would anyone believe that? When all you’ve ever done is lie and cover it up, you’ve lost all credibility. You can shout it from the rooftops that you’re no longer using, but why should we believe it this time? We shouldn’t. Sorry, your fault not the fault of Maci or MTV or “the haters”.


  19. I love how Mack immediately says: “They paid my medical bills, they won’t do that anymore!” B*tch, that is your BABY, they were interested in HIM, not you, nobody cares if you will have to pay it for yourself now, welcome to the real world! (I guess in America everything has to be paid? Because here you get free checkups with possibility of paying for extra ones)


    1. And what kind of job pays your actual medical bills anyway? You’re supposed to be a responsible adult and make sure you have health insurance. It’s not like you weren’t getting enough from MTV to make sure you had that in place. With 2 sons and a baby on the way, playing roulette hoping that MTV would cover your bills was a risk you chose to take. Now you get to pay the consequences. Welcome to adulthood, sugar.


  20. Better sell that Louis Vuitton bag Mackenzie! You thought you had it made when you hooked up to Ryan – ha! He put drugs before his mom, dad, you, your baby, Bentley, a job, and easy MTV money. But keep blaming MTV and Maci.

    Let me know how you and Ryan are going to explain to Bentley the scene of him driving to your parking lot wedding, the scene of his behavior at your ultrasound, the scenes of his mom crying, the scenes of him high as a kite. Maci not letting any more of those scenes to be created is protecting Bentley. If Ryan put Bentley before himself, he’d agree. But it’s always “Poor us, Maci’s awful, MTV gave us a bad edit, nobody understands”…….just like Adam, Jenelle, Farrah…hmmm see a pattern there?


  21. Can’t imagine how much People pays the Duggar kids each year. Craziness. Ryan is looking better than he was last year when it was pretty clear he was still using. He’s gained some weight which makes me think he may have gotten clean a couple of months after Mac got preggo because he was still clearly using then. Good for him. He has been an addict for 5 years or so. He deserves some positive attention for that. The whole show needs to go.


  22. Yes everybody deserves second chances. I just don’t think he has ever stopped and is ready for his second chance. Btw..what has Mac done to her face? She is sarting to look a bit like Farrah..


  23. I sit here and smile, because I know how much Mack is stewing in herself right now. She thought she hit the gravy train of life and now, she has to pay her own medical bills, gasp! Good news, Mimi Jen will always be there to parent him on Rhinnnnes weekends, cause you know the big D is coming soon. Too bad Javi has already slipped his swimmers into someone else or he’d be knocking on your door.

    Wtf will we watch Maci for? I seriously can’t think of any reason she needs to be filmed. T-shirts? Bud Light promotions? That 12 year associates degree plan?

    Hope the Food City Floozie is ready for a few more D pics to slide her way.


  24. I just hope Ryan is drug free. I wouldn’t want Bentley to be hurt. I would rather see Ryan and Mackenzie on the show than Bristol.


  25. Why give in to Maci? Her bitching about Ryan is like Amber siting on the couch. Find an episode without that happening. Maci has her own demons to battle. I wish they would quit giving in and just start firing them. Bristol Palin’s circus sounds more interesting than Maci’s.


  26. Welp!! There goes Mackenzie’s dreams of fame and fortune. Now she is stuck with a druggie, deadbeat,thirty something year old man-child. And to make it all worse, she allowed herself to get knocked up ?.


  27. If Ryan is still using, he and Mac will certainly need money for food, utilities, medical bills, diapers — and Ryan’s drugs.

    Needless to say, without those fat MTV checks coming in, this is not going to end well for either of them or that innocent little boy whose on the way.


    1. How come you didn’t say Thanks a lot Ryan? He’s the one that had the whole world at his feet and threw it all away for drugs. HE’S the reason there’s no more of your Mimi Jen.

      Maci not wanting Bentley to watch more scenes of his father driving while passed out seems reasonable to me. Obviously Ryan and Mackenzie are more upset about their bank account than about what Bentley has seen of his trash father on tv.


  28. Poor Mac and cheese, how will her and Ryan afford that lakehouse and the mustang, the monster truck the boat and the Lexus now? I’m sure food city is hiring.


    1. And dont forget nursing school ? how will Mack get her education now that MTV is no longer paying them to sit around on the counch.?


  29. Good for Maci. She absolutely made the right decision about this. Bentley is almost 10 years old and he shouldn’t have to see his dad’s addiction being played out on TV for the world to judge.

    Also, I can’t deny how much satisfaction I have about the fact that psycho Mackenzie has had her attention seeking ass taken off television lol. Now her and Ryan are going to have they get real jobs instead of leeching of his baby mama’s MTV show. That $12k they make from their ridiculous maternity/baby photo spread won’t last them forever. It will probably last them two months at the most.


    1. Bentley is now 10. Probably best to shut the whole thing down so he might have a chance at a normal life. All these poor kids deserve to grow up without all their parents issues on tv for their friends to see. These poor kids will already have to deal with seeing their parents hit people, do drugs, express suicidal thoughts, etc. They are all going to need therapy but they didn’t sign up for this.


  30. Lol, so it WAS always about the money then, huh? Welcome to the real world, suckas!

    Probs should’ve gone to nursing school instead of getting knocked up for that easy money, huh Mack?


  31. A few things on this…

    1. Guess Ryan can’t use the show as an excuse not to see a counselor. No show, no problem, right?

    2. Mack and Ryan’s ”fame” will only go so far. Next they will be starting their own clothing line, Hudson Jagger or Heroin Haute or whatever.

    3. If Maci doesn’t want MTV to film Ryan’s struggle with drugs, she shouldn’t discuss it either. But, let’s face it. That her storyline.


  32. Good. Hes a liar and so is she.i Feel bad for their kid is all. And ?????????????????? at mackenzie karma is a bitch isnt it?? This made my friday night. I dont think you can afford that louis bag now. Babys gonna need diapers.????????????????


    1. not even real Louis. my dog even has a better fake Louis Vuitton chewy than that bag. but for real what is this homegirl gonna do for a job, she aint gonna be able to raise a baby selling fit tea


    1. Right. Then she should in return not talk about Ryan on the show anymore. … but I doubt that Naci, the hypocrite, will be so thoughtful

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