The Ashley has been keeping you posted on all the drama going on behind the scenes as the second season of Teen Mom Family Reunion films in Oregon. From nasty, spit-filled cast fights, to cast members being kicked off, to a COVID outbreak, to a crew strike, the production has been plagued with issues over the past few weeks.
Cast member Tyler Baltierra recently spoke out about the less-than-desirable conditions on-set of the ‘Reunion,’ blasting the show’s producers for having a lack of morality and ethics and for their “shameful” treatment of the show’s crew and cast.
This #TeenMom: Family Reunion has been the worst production I have EVER been apart of! Their treatment towards the crew & cast is a shameful embarrassment. Their lack of morality/ethics is shocking to say the least. 5 people down & out with covid, due to their negligence alone🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/zqSk6jMpfT
— Tyler Baltierra (@TylerBaltierra) September 9, 2022
“This #TeenMom: Family Reunion has been the worst production I have EVER been apart of!” Tyler tweeted. “Their treatment towards the crew & cast is a shameful embarrassment. Their lack of morality/ethics is shocking to say the least.”
Tyler also confirmed The Ashley’s previous report that the set was the scene of a COVID-19 outbreak.
“5 people down & out with COVID, due to their negligence alone,” he wrote.
Tyler and his wife Catelynn Lowell confirmed on social media that they were two of the cast members affected by the virus outbreak. The Ashley can confirm at least two other cast members also got positive tests and were forced to miss most of the filming while quarantining. (Several others who were in close contact with those who were positive were forced to quarantine as well.)
As The Ashley previously told you, the crew working on ‘TMFR’ went on strike earlier this week, claiming that the production company will not give the crew members a contract. (The crew that works on ‘TMFR’ is a different crew than the one behind Teen Mom: The Next Chapter and the other ‘Teen Mom’ shows, just FYI.)
A rep for the IATSE confirmed to The Ashley on Tuesday that the strikers are “looking for industry standard health and retirement benefits, that were not being paid. In order to do so, they joined together and are unionizing.”
The Ashley’s sources told her that the producers frantically began calling old crew members— camera operators, audio techs, etc.— who had worked on Teen Mom OG or Teen Mom 2 in the past. They were able to get enough crew members to come immediately to Oregon so that production could continue.
(One source tells The Ashley that the COVID outbreak happened before the new crew was brought in and that the new crew members “had nothing to do with the cast getting COVID.”)
Despite all of the issues, the production is still ongoing. Some of the cast members have already gone home, but new ones continue to arrive to shoot their scenes.
The Ashley will keep you posted…
(Photos: MTV; Twitter)