MTV Releases Statement After 'Teen Mom OG' Star Caught Driving Impaired on Film

Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Standifer
MTV

This week's finale of Teen Mom OG brought us one of the scariest moments in the show's history -- Ryan Edwards was filmed driving while obviously impaired, likely under the influence of drugs. Fans were deeply concerned that MTV let him get behind the wheel in that state, and now the network has issued a statement about the incident.

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While Ryan and Mackenzie Standifer were driving to their impromptu wedding ceremony (the two decided to elope), Ry practically fell asleep at the wheel. He also kept swerving, and Mack even had to grab the steering wheel a couple times to straighten him out. Ry tried to blame the sun for his impaired driving, but it was obvious something else was going on.

Later, Mackenzie turned the dashboard camera off inside the car, but we could still hear the audio as she asked him, "Did you take Xanax again?" Of course Ry denied it, even on his son Bentley's life.

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Immediately after the episode aired, Edwards released a statement. "A little over 30 days ago, I made the decision to check myself into a rehabilitation facility. I am back home now doing well, and life could not be better," he said. "Without the support of my wife and parents I would not have been able to do this. Thank you all for your well wishes."

Even though we're glad Ryan got the help he needed, it still didn't address why MTV would let him drive in that condition. Fans took to social media express their upset on the matter, writing things like, "MTV & Mackenzie let Ryan drive high. After the first 5mins one of them should've told him to pull over smh #TeenMomOG."

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MTV released a statement: "MTV does not condone driving under the influence. Ryan's erratic behavior was due to actions that he took without anyone's prior knowledge."

The network has a good point. Those were dash cameras, and as we've seen previously on the show, the footage is reviewed after it's filmed. So unless MTV had a time machine, there wasn't really anything they could do to stop Ryan from driving.

Let's just hope that Ryan has kicked his addiction for good this time.

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