Earlier this week, The Hollywood Gossip discussed the declining popularity of the Teen Mom franchise and its implications.
Despite the fact that both Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 added new cast members in recent years in an effort to keep things fresh, both series are in dire straits with regard to their ratings.
So if Briana DeJesus is just bluffing as part of her negotiation tactics, then she should probably select a different strategy.
Producers probably wouldn’t mind a lighter payroll these days, so it’s not clear if Briana threatening to quit Teen Mom 2 will bring them to their knees in the way she might expect.
She’s made similar overtures toward peacing out of MTV in the past, most recently when her boyfriend refused to get tested for Covid-19 leading to a shut down in filming.
Fortunately, the dummy eventually gave in, and Bri’s job was saved.
But DeJesus’ latest post has some fans convinced that she’s unhappy on Teen Mom 2 – and actually going through with it this time.
However, it seems like they’ve misinterpreted the situation and really jumped the gun.
The speculation began when the producer who has been working with Bri for the entirety of her time on the show announced that she won’t be collaborating with Bri and her family any longer.
"The DeJesus family is amazing and I’m so grateful to have met them and to have been their producer," Anne-Marie Robinson wrote on Instagram.
"Bri is honestly an exceptional mom and Roxanne and Britt care more about the lil ones and each other than life," she added.
"Being around such a supportive, loving family every day was truly a blessing. Love you guys!!"
It’s not hard to see how some fans might have interpreted that as a sign that the DeJesus’ won’t be appearing on MTV any longer.
And the fact that Bri re-posted Robinson’s farewell message only added fuel to the fire – something she’s never opposed to doing.
DeJesus has always been a divisive figure, so some fans were quick to celebrate what they saw as a sign of her retirement.
"Good, peace out," one follower commented.
What they failed to notice, however, was that other posts from Robinson clearly indicated that she is the one who’s retiring.
In fact, Bri herself reposted a pic of a balloon that read "Happy retirement!" Some fans picked up on this, but not all.
"Eh, the producer could be retiring honestly," one commented, suggesting that it’s Robinson who’s leaving, not Bri.
"And she loves to keep y’all guessing," another chimed in.
"She posted that on purpose, you guys."
Did Bri engage in a bit of trolling with Teen Mom Nation by posting Robinson’s farewell message? I’s certainly possible.
Essentially since she dropped more hints in a post about her "real job" and the fact that she’s out of paid time off.
"So since I work in corporate America," she tweeted.
"I have pto and I’ve been using it and now that it’s almost coming to an end….I really don’t wanna go back," she said.
"Need a sugar daddy so I can stay home forever."
Obviously, Bri doesn’t actually need the PTO or the sugar daddy, since she’s paid quite well for her work on Teen Mom 2.
If she ever does decide to actually quit, she’ll be ready to do so at a moment’s notice … but that isn’t happening now.
Briana confirms to THG exclusively that it’s not happening – and you’d better get used to seeing her on MTV, bishes.
She tells us:
"While I know there have been rumors and speculation that I have quit Teen Mom 2, I can state on the record that is 100% not true."
The 26-year-old added:
"I understand people have been talking due to certain photos that have been circulating but I can assure you they have nothing to do with me leaving the show."
"And no, we were not fired from the show either lol."
"My family and I are here to stay as long as MTV will have us. Sorry to the haters, but you’ll be seeing more of us on the next season."
"To all my supporters I see you, I thank you, I appreciate you, and look forward to continuing to share my life with you."
We see you too, Briana. We see you, Bae.
Just keep doing you.