Back in 2009, MTV changed the face of reality television when 16 and Pregnant debuted. In the seven years since, the show has spawned the massively popular series Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2, giving viewers one of the most authentic reality television series in the genre. Through the years, fans have passionately followed the stories and lives of the stars, and while the girls have often talked about their experiences through the show and through their own books, for the first time, Teen Mom‘s creators have given a very candid interview. From the inception of 16 and Pregnant, to how filming Teen Mom really works and their true feelings about the stars, these are the 13 most shocking secrets from Teen Mom’s creators and producers, Lauren Dolgen, Dia Sokol Savage, Morgan Freeman, Larry Musnik, Kirsten ‘Kiki’ Malone and Amy Kramer.
13. The Beginning
Before getting into the secrets from Teen Mom OG, creator Lauren Dolgen revealed exactly how it all started when she came up with the idea for 16 and Pregnant. “I was flipping through People magazine, and I came across an article about teen pregnancy. It said that 750,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant in the United States every year. It was like getting punched in the stomach. I couldn’t believe it because it was happening to our audience.” Dolgen was working in development at that time and immediately came up with a concept and pitched it to her boss who jumped right on board and instantly stated, “We should call it 16 and Pregnant.” They started casting as soon as they could but knew it wasn’t something to take lightly. “It was a pretty sensitive arena that we hadn’t really approached before. We really had to handle it in a very responsible way. We decided to connect with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and they became our partners from the very beginning.”