'Teen Mom' Stars Leah & Jenelle Would Be Smart to Quit the Show

Teen Mom has made Leah Messer and Jenelle Evans into stars. They are on the cover of all the tabloids. Their faces are everywhere and people love to gossip about them nearly non-stop. In short, they are the Snooki and JWoww of the rural set. So why aren't they getting paid like it?

Rumor says that both Leah and Jenelle are threatening to quit Teen Mom over salary negotiations, among other things. And I, for one, can't blame them. These girls SHOULD be making what the cast of Jersey Shore makes, right? They are just as big a cash cow for MTV, right?

According to Hollywood Life, an "insider" said this about Leah:

Whenever the issue of spin-off shows for the cast of Teen Mom 2 comes up, Leah has been holding her hand out for more cash. She really has gotten a big head because of all the attention. A lot of people in Elk View joke that she’s like the redneck Kim Kardashian.

Seems a little harsh, no? Why SHOULDN'T she get paid for what she does? After all, cameras follow her around 24/7, and blogs and tabloids knock her and judge her life and call her names. She deserves some of the cash MTV is making from her.

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Jenelle is also feeling the money crunch. Personally, I would rather see these girls who NEED the money get it than Snooki and her crew who spend it on bronzer and tacky jewelry.

Paying them too little is exploitation plain and simple. MTV says they are good enough to be used for cash, but not good enough to share the wealth. Isn't that a bit like a pimp and prostitute relationship? Will MTV be backhanding these girls soon?

I say good on Leah and Jenelle for fighting the good fight. They are in the driver's seat. Without them, MTV doesn't have a show. Of course there will be other teen moms willing to take their places. But they won't be the girls we KNOW.

Even if MTV doesn't back down and give the girls more money, they should be moving on. If the show is doing all this damage to their lives AND not paying them for it, they need to move on and do so quickly.

Do you think they deserve more money?


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Skyhook Skyhook

...redneck Kim Kardashian. Awesome.

nonmember avatar Anonymous

This is ridiculous they are making money! Just take a look at Jenelle's clothing! Even Leah! They complain about being poor but they are always in "designer
" clothing.

Sierr... SierraLynn

No. They don't deserve anything.

angev... angevil53

i guess being a teen mom doesn't make you smart enough to negotiate a better contract...they don't need more money, they need better parenting. there's not a kid on that show that has a truely involved parent that goes out of their way to make sure their kids get what they need.

nonmember avatar Jennifer

The Jersey Shore cast just spend their money on "bronzer and tacky jewelry?" Um, have you SEEN the girls on "Teen Mom" with their stripper nails and spray tans? Hey, isn't Snooki pregnant? Maybe SHE She needs the money that Leah & Janelle would just spend on eyeliner and weed. :-P

jrphelps jrphelps

So what!  They make way more money than me, who is married & goes to work everyday to support my family.  Not to mention all the other teen moms out there struggling.  If MTV wants to make a show called "20 something moms."  Sign me up!  I will quit my job & let the cameras into my life.  Leah is happy that she is pregnant...AGAIN with twins because she wants a spin off show to make more money.  I stopped watching this show long ago.

nonmember avatar Michele

I don't think there is anything wrong with anyone trying to negotiate a higher salary. If MTV gives into their negotiation demands, then obviously, MTV, as a business, feels that their "talent" is worth it. While I might not agree with their personal choices, it doesn't change the fact that it's all a business decision.

How much money someone makes should have nothing to do with your personal life or your financial responsibilities. It should 100% be about the value your bring to the job.

nonmember avatar blh

I think its absolutely ridiculous theyre getting paid anything at all. I rarely watch teen mom and i have never once watched jersery shore. Its so stupid i honestly dont see the appeal. Reality shows are ruining tv. Although ill agree that these girls need the money more than dumbasses like snooki.

nonmember avatar B

Are you serious?! They don't need more money! The show needs to be canceled, they need to get real jobs, stop exploiting their children, "glamorizing" teen pregnancy with the mighty dollar, and get real! MTV is disgusting! They are all living in a fantasy land and they're children are being victimized by this. It is so sad.

nonmember avatar Nathansmom

@jrphelps fyi Leah had a miscarriage.

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