In the early days of reality television, a large part of the appeal was that viewers could identify with the stars on their screen.
These days, however, cast members on hit reality shows share very little in common with their viewers.
Take Jenelle Evans, for example.
Sure, you might have a friend with an arrest record a mile long, three kids by three different baby daddies, and an overly-chummy relationship with illicit substances, but that friend probably isn’t gainfully employed.
And if she is, she almost certainly doesn’t talk to bosses the way Jenelle does.
Fans were floored to see Evans berate Teen Mom 2 producers during Monday night’s episode, and many think her outburst may be the result of a full-blown meltdown.
Take a look:
1. Jenelle’s Meltdown
Jenelle didn’t appear in this week’s episode of TM2 for very long. But during her short time on screen, she made quite an impression.
2. Small Role
Jenelle’s screen time has been slashed dramatically this season, primarily as a result of her husband, David Eason, being fired from the show.
3. Making It Worse
Producers never planned to punish Jenelle for the homophobic tirade that got David fired, but her role on the show wound up being reduced due to Eason’s actions.
4. Menacing Dave
There have been reports of David “menacing” the cast and Jenelle refusing to film without her husband.
5. Big Bluff?
Of course, she hasn’t made good on that threat, as doing so would mean walking away from a six-figure salary and the only job she’s ever had.
6. New Co-Star
And so, Jenelle continues to film — but far less often than she used to, and with Barbara Evans taking David’s place as the sounding board for Evans’ many complaints.