TLC’s I Am Jazz returns in a couple of weeks for what transgender teen Jazz Jennings says is sure to be a wild ride!
People Magazine reports that Season 5 of the hit reality series will follow Jazz as she prepares for gender confirmation surgery—something the now 18-year-old had been looking forward to for quite some time. (As The Ashley previously reported, Jazz underwent her surgery at the end of June.)
“I’ve been waiting for this my whole life and now it’s time,” she says in the first Season 5 supertease which was first shared by E! News.
While those who have followed Jazz’s journey know that her surgery was ultimately a success, we learn that there were some complications along the way. In the teaser, one of Jazz’s physicians admits that Jazz was “the most difficult case that I have encountered.”
Season 5 will also introduce viewers to a new man in Jazz’s life—a boyfriend named Amir.
“I’ve kissed him a lot,” she tells her friends in the clip.
Viewers will also see Jazz navigate a TV interview that promised to be a “fluff piece” but ended up being a more serious piece that questioned the motives of her parents, given their support of Jazz’s journey from such a young age.
Of course, we’ve seen Jazz shut down critical comments aimed at her or her family a time or two before—most notably those made by former Counting On star Derick Dillard.
As The Ashley previously reported, Derick has repeatedly posted hateful comments on social media about Jazz, her parents and the transgender community as a whole. Those comments are ultimately what caused TLC to give Derick the boot from ‘Counting On.’ Back in June, Derick tweeted that Jazz’s parents allowing her to have gender confirmation surgery was a form of child abuse.
Haters aside, Jazz is looking forward to sharing more of her story this season. She shared her excitement with followers in a video posted this summer.
“I can’t wait for all of you to see that journey as I go through it,” she said. “It’s definitely going to be a journey.”
‘I Am Jazz’ returns January 1 on TLC. Check out the teaser trailer below!
(Photos: TLC, Instagram)
Garbage! He He He He. He can take hormones, cut his penis off, get boobs, but NO MATTER WHAT, HE will ALWAYS have MALE DNA!!!
Never thought of it that way – good point.
Personally, I think the kid is a brat. Now granted, I’ve seen part of 1 episode and commercials so I know I don’t have the full picture, but from what I’ve seen, she’s an entitled little brat. But maybe she’s not really a brat but is just so used to people catering to her (her parents, maybe for their own gain) that when someone says “No” she flies off the handle.
Of course, maybe that’s what they want me to see. Not sure. But she’s irritating as all get out and that’s why I don’t watch the show.
I wish her the best in her journey! It seems her whole life has been focused on this permanent change. I hope she continues with her education and life. Will be interesting to see how she is doing 20 years from now. In life I think we all just want to be healthy and happy.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating. I support anyone’s right to be the gender they feel inside. However, I am very concerned that Jazz is still a child and her brain is not fully formed. She also was never allowed to let her natural hormones kick in. Perhaps she would have discovered she is gay, not transgendered, but no one will every know. The fact that her parents put her on hormones so young also never allowed her to develop, thereby making the surgery that much more difficult. They fact that they have paraded this all on a television show for years just makes me wonder about the parents’ agenda. They backed their child into a corner, put her in a box, and allowed for no other outcome. I am concerned.
It’s hard. I know some people who transitioned early and are super happy because it’s harder to transition later in life and I know one person who regrets doing it and I know people who regret not doing it. It will never be my place to say what I think is right because I’ve never been in their situation nor do I have a child in that situation. There is never a right answer.
I totally agree with you. Her parents exploited her.