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'Teen Mom': Comparing Jenelle Evans and Amber Portwood

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By A. Elise

If you catch the Teen Mom franchise regularly, you are likely familiar with two of the biggest names on its shows: Amber Portwood and Jenelle Evans. Both are controversial figures, but only one was kicked off the show. What gives? And has this created bad blood between the two women?

The two have a lot in common. Fans of Teen Mom have petitioned for both to be removed from MTV. Both have spent time in jail, and both have dated controversial figures in the Teen Mom universe. Let's examine their histories and relationship.

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Jenelle's controversy began early on in her time on MTV. For the longest time, Jenelle was the most disliked cast member on the franchise. In her first 16 and Pregnant episode, she was seen with hands on hips telling mother Barbara, "Nothin' else worse can happen."

Well, many viewers disagree. Over the years, Teen Mom 2 viewers have seen Jenelle struggle with marijuana addiction, opioid abuse, and even domestic violence. She was fired from the show after her marriage to David Eason, who admitted to killing the family dog.

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Amber Portwood is also no stranger to controversy. Like Jenelle, Amber brought a lot of drama to the screen on both 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. In the midst of filming Teen Mom, Amber was filmed physically abusing her then-boyfriend Gary Shirley.

Amber was sentenced to time in prison, which prompted Teen Mom to take a break before her release brought the show back as Teen Mom OG. Just last year, Amber was arrested for domestic violence against another boyfriend.

Regardless of her multiple arrests, Amber remains on the show.

Amber Portwood
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So, why is one kicked off the show while the other remains? Some speculate that most of this is because of David Eason, Jenelle's husband. David was kicked off the show after he made homophobic Tweets. When MTV fired him, he began making it difficult for Jenelle to film. He would show up to filming locations on purpose to sabotage the show. As a result, producers struggled to film Jenelle.

On the other hand, Amber does not seem to make it difficult to film. She seems to be available to producers, which certainly changes the dynamic.

Barabara and Jenelle Evans
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So, where does the bad blood come in? Jenelle's mom, Barbara, spoke out against Amber Portwood not being fired from the show. Barabara told RadarOnline, "Why should Jenelle and I lose our money, and why is MTV supporting Amber when Jenelle and I have done nothing wrong?" She went on to say that she and Jenelle brought the high ratings to the show. Barbara called Amber a "convicted felon" and claimed that David has changed.

While Jenelle has not publicly said much about Amber herself, it is clear that there is some tension between the two.

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