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Maci Bookout Speaks About Amber Portwood's Arrest on 'Teen Mom OG'

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By A. Elise

For over a decade, Maci Bookout and Amber Portwood have shared the screen on Teen Mom OG. It makes sense that the cast members have become friends after so long. When Amber Portwood was arrested last July, it shocked and horrified viewers around the world. Apparently, it also surprised her fellow cast members.

On the newest episode of Teen Mom OG, viewers will finally get to hear from Amber's co-stars about the charges of domestic battery and criminal recklessness. It is clear that nobody expected her arrest.

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In a preview for tonight's episode, Maci is seen speaking with husband Taylor McKinney about the allegations. She tells him that she has mixed feelings about Amber's arrest.

The video begins with Maci saying, "She hasn't been able to see James. It sucks for everybody." Taylor responds by agreeing that it is simply not a good situation. He also tells Maci that while she does not have to "agree with what happened or how she handled it," the cast members can still provide support as friends and co-workers.

Taylor McKinney and Maci Bookout
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The couple discusses the role of mental health in the situation as well. Maci says, "As her friend, you feel helpless." She goes on to say that nobody knows all the details or facts. The whole situation, she claims, is "a freakin' mess." It would seem that many viewers agree with this statement.

Maci also talks about the toll all of this will take on Amber's children. The bright side? They say that Amber has a good co-parenting relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Gary Shirley.

Catelynn Lowell, Maci Bookout, and Amber Portwood
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Amber's arrest has changed Teen Mom OG in a big way. Regarding her arrest, Amber has said, "It's been one of the hardest times of my life, but I'm proud of how I've handled it." She claims that she has had a lot of support during this time.

This is not the first time that Amber has been arrested because of violent behavior, but this is the first time since her release from prison several years ago that her fellow cast members have had to addressed her behavior.

Taylor McKinney and Maci Bookout
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While Maci and her fellow cast members may be able to forgive Amber and support her, many fans of the show have been unable to do the same. In fact, some people are actually thinking about boycotting the show because of the sympathy those on the show seem to have for domestic violence.

Amber's arrest was very controversial, and Teen Mom OG has focused on her perspective in sharing what happened. It is clear that many people who watch the show have mixed feelings that Amber is still profiting from her appearance.

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