Teen Mom Jenelle Evans says she supports MTV for firing Ryan Edwards because it's 'not healthy to watch people on drugs'
TEEN Mom 2 alum Jenelle Evans hasn’t always had kind words for her former employers, but she did applaud MTV’s decision to ax her old co-stars Ryan Edwards and wife Mackenzie, after fans suspected that he appeared high on the show.
The former reality star, who has also admitted to her own drug addiction in the past, tells The Sun exclusively that she thinks MTV made the right call.
Jenelle continued: “I don't think it's healthy for teens to be watching other people on drugs, especially young teens who are watching Teen Mom."
The mother of three added she doesn’t believe Ryan’s wife’s claims.
“You can tell he is in and out of drugs a lot, no matter what Mackenzie says, and I just think it doesn't need to be aired.”
MTV has not confirmed the reason for Ryan and Mackenzie's firing.
Ryan’s legal trouble with drugs started in March 2017 when he was issued a citation for simple possession of heroin.
He was caught on camera slurring his words and nodding off while on his way to his wedding with wife Mackenzie on Teen Mom.
It was announced that Ryan checked into rehab for the second time after the episode aired.
The reality star was arrested again in July 2018 for breaking probation, and in November of that year he completed his third rehab stint.
Then in March 2018, he was arrested for petition to revoke when he failed a court-ordered drug test.
Ryan first appeared on MTV in 2009 alongside Maci Bookout on 16 & Pregnant, which chronicles young couples as they navigated teenage parenthood.
The Sun has reached out to Ryan for comment.
Jenelle has admittedly had her own difficult history with substance abuse.
In her book Read Between the Lines: From the Diary of a Teen Mom, she confessed to being "hooked" on heroin and recalled "shooting up four or five times a day."
She also admitted to smoking marijuana while pregnant with her daughter Ensley.
The 29-year-old reality star, who was ultimately booted from the show after her husband David Eason killed their family dog, also discusses her time on the show.
She says she isn’t mad she wasn’t asked back on Teen Mom 2 after star Chelsea Houska left.
She said: “I am kind of happy that I am a free bird now. My contract officially expires May 21st. I had to wait two years for my contract to officially expire so I am the first free bird here.
"I'm excited to see what the future has in store for me."
The former star had a difficult time in the MTV spotlight, she admitted: “The drama, and the reunions, it's been traumatic for me to look back on.
“Whenever they would schedule the reunion shows to go to, I would have really bad anxiety before going, during and after, and I don't think any of that was noticed.”
The former Teen Mom 2 star felt she was treated unfairly by the cable network.
Jenelle told The Sun exclusively: “When it was Chelsea or Kail or someone else, if they felt really anxious, they would change their story lines or whatever. I just felt that I was always looked down upon.
“Don't get me wrong the crew was amazing, but we never got to meet the editors, and we never had a say so in the way we wanted it, and we never got to see the episodes until they aired.”
She says if she returns to TV, she’d want to be involved more in post-production.
While she has no immediate plans to return to the little screen anytime soon, Jenelle hasn’t ruled it out completely either.
“It's not like I'm really eager about it, but it's not like I'm hesitant, it's like I'm 50/50 on going back on TV.
“I had bad experiences with editing and making me look bad, so I'm going to be very careful this time around with what I do, and I just think things have changed.”
Jenelle says regardless of what has happened, her fan base is still there.
“My fans on TikTok, they ask me every day why aren't you on TV when are you going to be back on. They are like, why did MTV get rid of you, your content on here is amazing.
“I just know fans are eager and my views are still there, they haven't gone anywhere.”
Jenelle is also set to release her first podcast episode in the coming weeks.
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