A shocking new report alleges that MTV's Teen Mom cast members have been encouraged, and paid, to have more children by the network in recent years.
Could that possibly be true? And how did this rumor originate?
Fact: Of the eight stars of 16 & Pregnant who went on to star on Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, only three have yet to become pregnant a second time.
Farrah Abraham, Amber Portwood and Chelsea Houska still only have their original daughters. The other five are either parents again or are expecting.
Maci Bookout is pregnant, while Jenelle Evans, Leah Messer, Catelynn Lowell and Kailyn Lowry all had more kids (only Cate with the same man).
They're a fertile young bunch, no question about that whatsoever.
There's a big jump between that and being encouraged to have more kids, though, despite a claim from one of their infamous exes that this is the case.
Jenelle Evans' one-time fiance Gary Head (the one pre-Courtland Rogers and Nathan Griffith) has emerged from his hole in the ground with a stunning allegation:
That MTV offered her cash if she would get pregnant with his baby.
Specifically, Head claims they promised to shell out $20,000 if they would procreate, which would be hilariously sad if it were the case ... but is it?!
The exposure of being on MTV probably does not dissuade these youngsters from getting knocked up again, but the idea of cash payments is outrageous.
Kailyn Lowry Tweeted as much when the story began making the wrongs.
“That’s the biggest bulls-t lie I’ve ever read,” she wrote, and we're inclined to agree, even if babies, pregnancies and baby daddies make good TV.
Between food, housing, education and so forth, the cost of raising a child for 18 years or more is probably between $250,000 and $500,000 after taxes.
For MTV to make it worth their while, they'd have to offer seven-figure sums to account for inflation, plus a revenue-sharing option. Not a measly $20,000.
Aside from the fact that Gary Head can't be trusted, the fact that mothers of one Amber, Farrah and Chelsea are still cast members contradicts his claim.
Theses girls are all paid to be on the show, and have undoubtedly pursued other career dreams that would not have been possible if not for Teen Mom.
Without MTV, that Farrah Abraham porn would've just been ... porn.