On Christmas Day, MTV aired a "year-end special" featuring the casts of both Teen Mom: OG and Teen Mom 2, entitled Teen Mom That’s a Wrap 2017.
Yes, at this point, the Teen Mom franchise is like the NFL, and what was once a weekly event will soon be pounded into your brain on a daily basis until MTV is forced to relent due to the increased frequency of serious injuries.
The show is placing greater demands on its roster of talent than ever, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that some stars are now opting to remain on the bench.
As many viewers noted, Kailyn Lowry was the only regular cast member of either series to not appear in the special.
It was widely speculated that the decision had something to do with Kailyn's feud with Jenelle Evans, which has only intensified in recent months.
But Kail insists that's not the case.
She says she bowed out of the proceedings for the simple reason that the episode was filmed 3,000 miles from her home, and at the time, her youngest son was just 10 weeks old and needed his mother.
“While of course I was invited to participate in it — and had planned to film in it — I had to leave to be with my son, Lux, who was only 10 weeks old at the time,” Lowry told Us Weekly in a recent interview.
“People who were watching the special this week when it aired, though, started tweeting me about it and were filling in their own blanks and coming up with other reasons as to why they thought I was absent.”
To drive home her point, Kailyn reiterated that there was one reason and one reason only that she wasn't in the studio that day:
“My absence from the special, though, had nothing to do with anything other than my son needing me,” Kail continued.
“The special was filmed in California — and we live on the East Coast — so the time change coupled with the late filming of the special were just too much for us.”
“My priorities are my kids and I’m happier that I got to have that night with Lux."
“Plus, after hearing about the special and how it ended I’m glad I didn’t miss anything fun. To reiterate again, it had nothing to do with anyone else that was going. I just needed to handle my family stuff.”
Sounds like Lowry is happy she was able to dodge a bit of drama for once.
Of course, that just means her face-to-face confrontation with Jenelle will likely be all the more heated when it does happen.
Needless to say, fans can't wait.
Watch Teen Mom 2 online for more from fan favorite Kail.