There are few cushier jobs in the world than starring on a long-running reality show.
Sure, you have to put your personal life out there for public consumption, but these days, most folks do that for free on social media every day.
Other than sharing your private struggles with the world, not a whole lot is required of you other than doing what you would normally do, but in front of a camera crew.
And that’s doubly true in the Teen Mom franchise, where the cast literally runs the show.
These moms — who are well past their teen years, of course — enjoy close friendships with their producers, and it’s been rumored that they have considerable control over what sort of content makes it onto the show.
That’s how we wind up with season-long storylines about Kailyn Lowry’s remodeling projects.
Of course, the best part about starring on a long-running, formerly-popular series is the money.
Teen Mom ratings have been declining for years, but the cast still gets raises every season.
Which means the ones who have been with the show from the start are earning an astonishing salary these days.
At this point, we’d like to advise folks who are prone to intense feelings of jealousy to stop reading — the amount these women get paid might ruin your weekend.
As with most reality shows, the moms of Teen Mom weren’t earning much in the early days, but now they’re absolutely raking it in.
“For those docu-ensembles, especially if they’re nobodies, per episode it ranges from low-end, like $1,500 an episode, to $3,000 at the high end,” an insider recently told Business Insider, adding:
“After three years of success, it can go up to $7,000 to $10,000 an episode. After that, you start moving into the Kardashian level.”
Now, that doesn’t mean the ladies are Kardashian-level wealthy, as none of them were born rich, and none of them have parlayed their fame into business ventures as lucrative as Kim’s Skims shapewear line, or Kylie’s cosmetics brand.
Most of the moms try to keep their salaries on the down-low, and a few have flat-out lied about their earnings, claiming to make far less than they’re actually paid:
“I wouldn’t really say that [I’ve made a million dollars],” Jenelle Evans said in a 2015 radio interview.
“I would say a little bit over maybe half [a million]? I’m not really allowed to discuss it.”
Evans never earned a million in a single year — at least not from her MTV salary alone — but by that time, she’d been on the network for nearly five years and would have earned well over half a mil.
Here’s how we know:
In March of 2016, Chelsea Houska’s first baby daddy, Adam Lind, stated that she made a cool quarter mil for the show’s previous season.
This claim was later corroborated by a source who spoke with The Ashley’s Reality Roundup.
“Chelsea’s contract will be up to 300k plus for new seasons,” said a production insider.
Chelsea quit the show in 2019, but she and husband Cole De …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip
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