EXCLUSIVE! Chelsea Houska & Cole DeBoer Talk ‘Teen Mom’ Spin-Offs & Reveal If They’ll Make Any Guest Appearances on MTV

“Wait…those shows are still on? You’re kidding.”

Chelsea Houska and Cole DeBoer returned to reality TV on Monday with their new HGTV show Down Home Fab, but don’t expect to see them return to their MTV roots any time soon.

In an exclusive interview with The Ashley, the former Teen Mom 2 stars revealed that they are unlikely to ever want to return to the MTV franchise that made them famous—not even for a guest appearance.

“I feel like that chapter to me is so hard closed that I don’t think I would even want to open up that door, even the smallest bit at this point,” Chelsea told The Ashley. “Not that there’s bad feelings, I just feel like I’ve moved on past that.”

When someone asks you if you want to return to a show where people are spitting on each other and grandmothers are fighting…

“There are honestly no hard feelings. It’s just something that is over,” Chelsea added, stating that she isn’t even open to making a one-off appearance on one of the franchise’s current shows (including Teen Mom: The Next ChapterTeen Mom Family Reunion or Teen Mom: Girls Night In). 

“That is something we just closed and moved on from. There was nothing bad, it was just time to move on,” Cole said, adding that he and Chelsea haven’t watched the new shows.

“The black-paint-covered door is SLAMMED shut on that idea, sorry.”

Chelsea and Cole left ‘Teen Mom 2’ in November 2020, and have not appeared on any ‘Teen Mom’ show since. (As The Ashley previously reported, though, Chelsea was approached to appear on ‘Teen Mom Family Reunion’ Season 2 but she shut that down very fast.)

At the time of their departure from ‘Teen Mom 2,’ Chelsea stated that her main reason for leaving the show was to protect the privacy of her four kids, particularly her 13-year-old daughter Aubree. 

Chelsea said some ‘Teen Mom’ fans have slammed her and Cole for returning to TV after making that statement.

“We were never like, ‘I never want to be on TV again,'” Chelsea said. “When we left, there was no thought of, ‘We are going to leave this [show] for HGTV.’ We left fully because it was truly what we felt in our hearts, that we needed to leave. And then HGTV opened up after that.”

An actual photo of Chelsea leaving ‘Teen Mom 2’ in 2020…

Chelsea and Cole insist that they only agreed to allow the kids to appear on their HGTV show because it is very different from ‘Teen Mom 2′ and doesn’t focus on the kids’ private lives or their personal issues. 

“One of the boundaries that we had was that [our HGTV show] wasn’t going to deep-dive into personal feelings of the kids. If the kids are going to be involved, it’s very lighthearted,” Chelsea said. (The premiere episode showed the younger kids– Watson, Layne and Walker– playing outside and enjoying their new playroom.)

“When we got this opportunity with HGTV we had boundaries in regard to our children, and there was nothing from HGTV that was going to cross that line,” Cole said. “It wasn’t going to be about the personal experiences of our children and their lives. We felt protected. We felt like that was just fine.”

“And, of course, getting a big pile of money for doing the HGTV show helps too!”

‘Teen Mom 2’ fans will see a familiar face on ‘Down Home Fab,’ as Chelsea’s father Randy Houska is set to appear in several episodes. (His wife, Rita, appeared on Monday’s premiere but Randy was not featured.) 

“It wouldn’t be my life if I didn’t ask my dad for advice!” Chelsea said. “He will be making appearances!” 

“Randlicious, checking in!”

‘Down Home Fab’ airs Mondays on HGTV. 

RELATED STORY: EXCLUSIVE! ‘Down Home Fab’ Stars Chelsea Houska & Cole DeBoer Respond to Critics Who Say They Don’t Have Enough Experience to Have an HGTV Show

(Photos: MTV; HGTV) 

14 Responses

  1. How about a story about the couple avoiding paying taxes? MTV always gave Chelsea the best edits. I really believe “behind the scenes” Chelsea verbally abused Cole.

    1. OR we could go back to solid beige everywhere (my mom’s aesthetic anyways, if your eight-year-old can describe ‘taupe’ or the difference between tan and beige, you need help/an accent color).

      A couple years ago I was thirty, living on the other side of the country and at IKEA buying a blue woven wool area rug and and texting it to my mom with this “YOU CAN’T TELL ME HOW TO LIVE MY LIFE” vibe like I was 17 and it was a forbidden septum piercing.

      At least Aubree won’t be in high school before she learns that the brightly colored paint chips are in fact options and not just there for decoration. ?

  2. not a chelsea & cole fan but this is the best decision i’ve seen any of the teen moms do in regards to their children

  3. I forgot about it. Hopefully will catch it next week. Looking forward to seeing them again, along with the kids and of course Randy!

    I don’t think they’re actually doing the designing, I think it’s just scripted to appear as their own, which is fine (most of those shows are probably faked). It’s a good idea on HGTV’s part to bring in viewers they probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

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