Last week, rumors that Briana DeJesus is joining the cast of Teen Mom 2 began to circulate online.
The network still hasn’t confirmed the decision that the Teen Mom 3 alum will be making the leap to TM2, but they also have yet to deny it.
Couple that with the fact that the show’s current stars are openly pissed about the addition of DeJesus, and it becomes pretty apparent that the whole thing is a done deal.
And just what are the other moms so angry about?
Well, one of them has already feuded with DeJesus on social media. (Yes, it was Jenelle.)
But mostly it seems their irritation boils down to two issues: salary and screen time.
The ladies are reportedly concerned that the presence of DeJesus will cut into their time on camera, and they’re almost certainly right about that.
After all, there’s only so much that can be crammed into a 60-minute runtime, and the cast, like many fans, are said to be confused, as they believed that the show was already dense with drama.
The most likely explanation for why producers felt the need for some new blood is that they feel said drama is growing stale and the show is becoming less relatable now that the ladies are all loaded.
(They’ve all been raking in $300,000 per episode for the past several seasons.)
Speaking of salary, Briana won’t be earning nearly as much as Jenelle, Kailyn, and company, but the ladies are reportedly irate about how much she is making.
According to The Ashley’s Reality Roundup, Briana will earn $20,000 per episode, a mere fraction of what her co-stars are making, but still too much, according to some.
The ladies argue that they didn’t make that much until their second season on the show, so it’s unfair to pay Briana that much for her first.
Producers reason that Briana already did one tour of duty on a Teen Mom series, and thus earned the raise.
The Ashley also reports that Briana won the job over former TM3 star Mackenzie McKee and 16 and Pregnant alum Lindsey Harrison, both of whom were determined to be just too stable to provide consistent drama.
Take note kids: sometimes, being a trainwreck can pay off in a big way.
Actually, pretty much only when you’re trying to be cast on a reality show.