Kail Lowry Responds to Critics Who Say She Exploits Her Family By Putting Them on ‘Teen Mom 2’

“Soooo….you think I should go from making bank to working in a bank? Yeah, I’ll pass, thanks…”

Life in the public eye isn’t easy, and Teen Mom 2 star Kail Lowry recently discussed one of the negative parts of appearing with her kids on reality TV.

The mother-of-three opened up on a recent episode of her Coffee Convos podcast about her decision to share her family’s journey on TV, and why she continues to be part of the show, despite her worries that it may have lasting consequences for her and her children.

Kail said that watching the Season 9 sneak peek caused her to think about how the show effects her kids.

“It made me rethink about, am I exploiting my family?” Kail told her co-host Lindsie Chrisley.

“What effect is this going to have on my kids?” she said. “I think, at least for Isaac and Lincoln so far, they handle things very, very differently. I don’t know what the after effects of being on ‘Teen Mom’ are.”

Kail and her co-stars Jenelle Evans, Chelsea Houska, and Leah Messer have all contemplated ditching the series at points since the show premiered in 2011, but, to date, all of the girls continue to film for the show. Kail explained that, despite the negative aspects of the job, she knows that she has a good gig with MTV.

“Why do I stay? For the past 10 years, this is all I’ve known,” she said. “Yeah, there are bad parts of it but there’s also good that comes with it, too. I’ve been able to use this platform to launch into other things: my books, my hair care line, my podcast.”

Kail admitted that the big, fat MTV paychecks she gets for being on ‘Teen Mom 2’ are a huge part of the reason she stays.

“There are all these things that provide for my children and feed my children,” she said. “I’m able to put my kids in a good school. My kids have trust funds. My kids aren’t going to have to worry about anything, in those aspects. It’s just one of those things that you’ll never understand unless you’re in it.”

Kail shares nine-year-old Isaac with Jo Rivera, five-year-old Lincoln with Javi Marroquin, and one-year-old Lux with Chris Lopez.

“I’m not going to love every aspect of [the job] but at the same time, what’s the alternative right now? Everyone bitches about their job at some point about something. That’s what it is for me,” she said.

Kail is currently the only girl in the ‘Teen Mom’ franchise who holds a Bachelors degree, but she admits that, even with a degree, it would be nearly impossible for her to find a “regular” job that pays close to what MTV pays her.

“For me to go to a 9-to-5 [job] in Dover, Delaware, where I can’t even use my degree and I would have to do something else, I might complain even more,” she said. “You have to weigh the pros and cons and sometimes there are more cons than pros, but ultimately, at the end of the day, I’m fine overall. Obviously, I bitch about it like anyone else does about their job.”

While many fans believe that Kail is trapped in a contract to stay on ‘Teen Mom 2’, she insisted she can walk away whenever she wants.

“MTV doesn’t force me into my contract. Yeah, we have contracts but they’re not going to hold me on the show if I truly want to get out,” she said.

Earlier this week (after this podcast episode was released), Kail declared that she was not filming any more episodes of ‘Teen Mom 2’ until the show’s producers took action against Jenelle’s mother Barbara Evans for threatening to kill Kail during an Instagram Live broadcast.

As of press time, the situation still had not been resolved and Kail was still refusing to film.

RELATED STORY: Kail Lowry Says She Won’t Film For ‘Teen Mom 2’ In Wake Of Death Threat From Barbara Evans: “I Told the Producers to Contact My Attorney”

(Photos: MTV, Instagram)

47 Responses

  1. Maybe she is thinking this is a way to get the Evans gang fired.
    Became it’s really not that bad, but maybe with all the stuff David and Jenelle has done to her and every one else, it’s time to take a stand.
    Or maybe she’s thinking her crazy son.in law might do it for her.

  2. This show needs to stop. I have a problem with watching it still, but cheese and crackers they whine waaay too much. I do agree with her for not wanting to film since her incident with barb.

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    I don’t blame Kale at all for demanding action from MTV. With all the shootings in the past year who knows what Babs fans are out there that would follow through on this. I’m glad she is pushing MTV for action as she has 3 kids to protect. If I were her, I’d also go to the police to have them watch my house for a while. There are way too many freaks in this world and you can’t trust anyone anymore!

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    Im Sorry but with all the shootings that have been going on, I think Kal needs to take it seriously. Who knows what psychos are out there that may act on behalf of Babs. I don’t blameher one bit for demanding action from MTV! She has 3 innocent kids to protect. I’d also contact the police for them to watch the house for a while.

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    Everyone saying the kids look different, they do. Lincoln looks exactly the same as Javi they are identical. Isaac looks like young Jo and Kail, he has the best of both of them and looks a lot like her. Lux looks exactly like Kail but with dark features. The point is all of her children are happy and healthy and she coparents extremely well.

    Side note I’m sick of the double standard, where are the comments bashing men for having kids with multiple women? Or where are the positive comments of everything good that she does? The internet is annoying and brings out the worst in you people I have so much respect for people living in the spotlight in 2019.

  6. If we started a drinking game where every time one of the teen moms said 1 of these phrases, we drank, we’d be drunk all the time!
    1. I’m done!
    2. I’m not filming
    3. I’m quitting this show

  7. We all know Kails threat to not film is an idle threat…but she seems to be the only one demanding that MTV finally get control over Jenelle and her shitty family. MTV obviously doesn’t have a problem replacing cast members, I don’t know why they’re so afraid to replace Jenelle, or kick her off for a few seasons so she can get her attitude in check.

  8. It’s SOOO REFRESHING she’s not pretending she’s doing some sort of public service! Thank you Kail for your honesty!

    1. I’ll follow up behind your comment in saying: she worries about how being on the show will come back on her children, how about the fact that she has cheated on theirs father’s , they all have a different dad and she’s setting the stage for baby #4?? I think she needs to worry a little more about her trashy choices wreaking havoc and brining embarrassment to her kids. On top of it all she makes it well known that she wasn’t in love with Joe or Javi! Kail needs to swap the mama bear shirts to mama whore!

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    Protect your family. Janelle and her life is not picture perfect. No one’s is. But death threats are unnecessary and shows the lengths people will go to for attention.

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      And the winner of the comment that sounds like a racist aunt goes to ….drum roll please…… CARMEN !!!!

    2. Why the heck does this comment have so many upvotes? Even if you hate Kail and disapprove of the 3 babies with 3 men deal, would it really have been better in any way if they were all white and blonde men she did this with? Nope – your comment is weird and racist. Love, a mom who gets mistaken as my biracial kid’s nanny.

      1. Nobody is racist lady.., never said nothing about it.., just said they all look so different. Stop trying to make something out of nothing.

      2. I can see how it offends you. I think the writer worded wrong and was trying to focus on the children not looking like siblings. Personally, I think Issac looks just like her and Lux does too! Lux doesn’t have her tone or eye color, his facial features are ALL her though. Lincoln looks like his daddy.
        Anyway, hopefully the comment wasn’t written with much thought, don’t let it ruin your day. ?

        1. No worries, if casual racism ruined my day I would never have a good day – I’m all good. But I also don’t hesitate to call out thoughtless, ridiculous comments like the one above. Who CARES what any of them look like? Who cares if they don’t look exactly like their siblings? There’s just no good point to making a comment like that.

  10. Im glad she stopped filming because of Jenelle and Barb. Jenelle has been horrible to Chelsea’s dad too and David has threatened him. I wish Chelsea and Leah would also refuse to film. They don’t have a very interesting show if its just Jenelle and Barb filming in parks and ice cream shops. Briana’s storyline isnt that interesting either.

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    How long will this show run with them? They are way past their teen years! They lost sight of what the show was meant to be about. Preventing teen pregnancy & issues that come along with being a teen parent. These girls are having multiple kids by different father’s and/or on drugs.

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    Actually I’m not understanding any of it. These women aren’t teen mom’s anymore. Not by a long shot. Why does everyone watch this show? Now it’s about young women with low morals sharing their lives. Is this really a show worthy of a series?

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    When the show does end, which teen mom will the first to start a GoFundMe account?

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    Y’all talking about providing for kids. Until y’all are in her shoes and pay her bills dont speak on what u really dont understand. And she not the only one on teen mom , so why. Pick on just her. Y’all sound so. Butt hurt .. Kail keep doing u. They just mad they dont get your paycheck. Lol

  15. Duh… You’re there for the money. So stop whining about quiting or not filming. You’ll continue until they don’t want you anymore and then you’ll beg to continue. Go make another baby with another random. May secure you more filmimg time.

  16. If the adults on the show are acting like bat shit crazy people. What do you think it will do to the children that have been on tv since they were born and are going to have they hands on a lot of money? Think about it!!!

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    Wish I had this opportunity when I was a teen mom. One had one child and still struggling.

  18. At least she admits that the money is a big reason she stays. She doesn’t try to spew that ”oh, I just want to share my story” crap. She stays because she won’t find anything that will fund her lifestyle. Though, if she continues to go on strike, she might not have this comfy job.

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    I think her having kids with multiple men cause they’re all from different fathers will have a bigger impact than being on teennmom

  20. They’re all exploiting their kids! It’s not even a question. But if we get into the ethics and morals of this show…

  21. Once again Kail over reacting and going waaaayyyy overboard. I understand why she’s doing it but drop it already it really ain’t a big deal.

  22. I wish MTV would sue one of these girls for breach of contact when they throw a hissy fit and refuse to film. All of them have such big egos because MTV acts like they’re in charge. No. MTV is their “employer” and those idiots signed a contact.

  23. I would be more concerned about the confusion of having brothers with different fathers.
    1 clip had poor Isaac (he seems like a great kid) calling Javis new baby his brother, obviously Kail was not going to stand for that & corrected him real quick.
    Will the brothers ever spend holidays together?

    1. She really pissed me off with that “well that’s not our family, it’s Lincoln’s” comment. Like bitch you wanted Javi to play daddy to Isaac to spite Jo, then when you didn’t want him anymore you just removed him and now suddenly all the kids need to acknowledge how separate they are? Definition of a garbage mother. A loving mom, concerned with the kids and not herself, would have said yes we are all family so that way these kids can grow up close and not be confused. Bc let’s face it this confusion and bullshit is entirely the result of her impulsive actions to keep having babies with every dude she gets with.

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    You love the money and have no talent just saying

  25. After her announcing she wouldn’t film until she had an apology from Barbara I thought to myself she isn’t going anywhere making that kind of money, what will the test of the uneducated mom’s do when the show has run it’s course? Hope their saving and investing now.

  26. This show has always reminded me about the most controversial and unethical social psychology experiments from the early 1960’s. It’s no surprise that most of the “stars” from this franchise are messed up in one way or another. Putting kids having kids on tv to explore them during their most vulnerable times is indeed both fascinating – and questionable. We all know that this “preventing teen pregnancies-approach” is just a poor excuse to make this controversial concept legit. (In fact, as so many has pointed out, this show says nothing about the real world struggles of uneducated low-income teen parents.)

    I really hope generation two – the teen mom kids – will manage and get the support that they need to handle life without integrity. Being born on tv and have strangers following every aspect of your upbringing and family life must be hard. Not to mention all the comments, bullying and hatred you witness from strangers towards your parents. That’s sad.

    (And then again: the kids on this show – NOT aiming at Kail’s kids who seems loved and properly cared for – that are mistreated on this show; how will they feel, knowing everyone knew but no one stepped in to protect them? It’s scary. Maybe that will be the “genovese syndrome” of our times.)

    1. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (comment token failure) *]
      You make a really good point – how will the kids feel, knowing everyone knew, but no one stepped in to protect them? I struggle with this daily. My parents separated when I was one, my mother was physically, mentally and emotionally abusive. My mother’s family have told me stories (of times that I have blocked out) that just destroy me – if she was dragging my by my hair – why didn’t you stop her? I struggle with feeling like I didn’t fit anywhere ever during my life, I struggle with trusting ANYONE, I struggle with feeling like I matter, because in my childhood, I never did.

  27. The fact that she is fortunate enough to say these things: “my kids have trust funds”, multiple annual vacays, money isn’t an issue and probably never will be. UGH! Makes me wish I made bad choices as a teen and cashed in on it. Look at the “catch me outside” girl. She just scored a $900,000 deal with a makeup company. All because she cursed her mom out on national TV and acted an ass. SMH

    1. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (comment token failure) *]
      That girl is actually talented & has a record deal. That’s why she has a makeup deal, not bc she was disrespectful to her mom on Dr. Phil. Being on the show, once, garnered her attention & she turned it into something else. Everyone is always talking so much about these reality TV shows & the people on them so negatively. I think those who do are just jealous. If you don’t like them or the people on them, don’t watch. If people didn’t watch, these shows wouldn’t be on.

  28. Lincoln is FIVE?! OMG, where has the time gone! He isn’t a toddler anymore, he’s a kid now. But honestly, all three of her sons look EXACTLY like their fathers, it’s crazy.

    Of course she would never look for a regular job, the money is too good. That’s why I laugh every time they threaten to quit. Btw, wasn’t it just you Kail, who didn’t want to have anything with the show until something is done about Barbara? Yeah…….you won’t quit.

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