Sorry haters, but Teen Mom 2 isn’t going anywhere!
The Ashley can exclusively reveal that MTV just ordered more episodes of the long-running reality show, extending the show’s ninth season before the first Season 9 episode even aired! The Ashley’s show sources tell her that the season has been extended to include at least six more episodes.
“As of right now, Season 9 will start airing in January,” one source told The Ashley. “MTV is very happy with how [‘Teen Mom 2’] performs so they want to lock things in. They may choose to extend Season 9 even more, beyond these extra six episodes, too.”
Back in June, The Ashley broke the news that ‘Teen Mom 2’ had been renewed. All five girls eventually signed on, even Jenelle Evans, who spent months trying to get MTV to agree to her extensive demands. Jenelle has been complaining that her Season 9 segments will be “boring,” so it’s likely she’s not happy about having to film more episodes.
“The girls don’t really get a choice when it comes to the extensions,” one behind-the-scenes source tells The Ashley. “If MTV opts to extend a season that the girls already signed on for, they just kind of have to do it.”
However, The Ashley can confirm that the girls will make additional money for filming the extra episodes.
“They are paid per episode, technically, so they will get additional money for each extra episode they appear in,” the behind-the-scenes source confirmed.
While Jenelle claims her segments are underwhelming (due to the absence of her ever-present husband David Eason), The Ashley’s sources tell her that there is plenty going on in the other girls’ stories to make up for it.
“For most of the girls, there is so much happening that it would have been impossible to wrap up the stories in just [the original] 12 episodes,” a source tells The Ashley.
Another factor in getting the season extension is that ‘Teen Mom 2’ is the franchise’s best-performing show in terms of ratings.
“The [Teen Mom OG] ratings really took a dive this season; they are the lowest they’ve ever been,” the source said. “[Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant] is doing OK but its ratings are nowhere near the ratings of ‘Teen Mom 2.’ They obviously want to keep their best show going.”
As The Ashley previously told you, the show’s producers know they have to make some changes to the format they use for filming the ‘Teen Mom 2’ Reunion specials. After the drama that went down during the previous two reunions (including physical violence and cast members fleeing the set), they plan to change things up for the Season 9 Reunion.
“No date has been given to the cast or crew yet [for the Reunion], but everyone has been informed that each of the girls will meet with the show’s higher-ups to discuss what they think needs to be changed going into the next Reunion,” the source said.
MTV has yet to officially announce a premiere date for Season 9 but, as The Ashley stated, it’s set for January as of right now.
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