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Following the wide popularity of MTV’s Teen Mom and the glamorization of the teens with the numerous countless magazine covers, it was only a matter of time before a story like this came out.

A new report by Popeater examines the whole ‘Teen Mom’ and ‘16 and Pregnant’ phenomenon. With the first crop of the MTV teen mothers now going into their twenties aka Amber Portwood, it seems MTV is eager for a new crop of knocked up teens and shockingly, insiders tell Popeater young ladies are so eager to be on reality TV that they are actually getting pregnant just to score an audition.

“This is yet another example of the desperation of fame,” Matt Titus, a relationship expert from TheLoveConsultants.com, tells Popeater. “The sad state of reality television has created a lowbrow vehicle for untainted train wreck personalities to display their private lives. Getting pregnant to be famous is like eating as many cockroaches as possible in a one minute period.”

While most networks go through thousands of applicants to cast for any reality show, MTV has a unique problem when it comes to casting for their hit show ’16 and Pregnant.’ The dilemma is the applicants have to be 16 and pregnant, leaving them a much smaller talent pool to pick their next overnight reality stars from.

Rabbi Shmuely Boteach, author of ‘Kosher Sex,’ feels that the whole reality tv celebrity culture is getting out of control. “Reality TV first began by exploiting people’s problems, assuming they would do anything for fame. The idea of teenage girls getting pregnant to be on television shows that reality TV is going a step beyond exploiting problems. It is now creating the problems.”

He adds, “These girls are ignoring the fact that this decision must followed by a lifetime of responsibility.”

Above is a photo of Teen Mom stars Maci Bookout and Farrah Abraham with Bristol Palin. The trio got paid to host an event earlier this year. Bristol also received over $300,000 for getting knocked up as a teen appearing on Dancing With The Stars.

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So much for those rumors of Bristol Palin getting a spin-off reality show with one of MTV’s Teen Mom stars, as a new report reveals she doesn’t even want them anywhere around her!

According to Popeater, Bristol has informed the producers of Dancing With The Stars that she doesn’t want Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham and other Teen mom stars in the audience cheering her on. Why? Apparently the “Teen Activist” is trying to move away from the whole I’m famous solely due to my famous mom and getting knocked up as teen image, and trying to become a more legit celebrity.

“Bristol Palin has made it very clear to the show producers that she doesn’t want the teen moms in the audience cheering her on no matter how much it might boost ratings,” an ABC executive tells Popeater.

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The insiders add that even though Bristol has done events with Teen Mom stars Maci and Farrah in the past, she sees DWTS as a way for her to look beyond her past.

“Bristol has hit the restart button on this show,” says the insider. “We no longer think of her as Sarah Palin’s daughter or that young girl who had a baby with Levi as a teen, but rather as a young lady trying hard to win a competition.”

In other Bristol news, the 20-year-old is admitting to Inside Edition that she forgot to vote in the recent mid-term elections. “I did not send in my absentee ballots to Alaska,” Bristol, 20, said. “I’m going to be in trouble. Sorry mom!”

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A new report by Life & Style magazine is now blowing the lid off just how much MTV is paying its Teen Mom stars.

The reality show, which has now become a mega hit for the network, averaged millions of viewers per episode for it’s second season. A series insider tells Life & Style magazine exclusively that the “stars earn $60,000 to $65,000 per season.” Not too shabby for some teens who’s claim to fame was getting knocked up, though their Jersey Shore counterparts did earn over $300,000 each for their upcoming 3rd season.

And while the Teen Mom stars are earning way more than most of their peers, it seems Amber Portwood and on and off again boyfriend Gary Shirley are not good savers. Gary’s best friend, Jordan Sanchez, tells Life & Style that “Gary says he’s broke.” Adding that “the money is the only reason he’s willing to do the show. You can’t walk away from money like that.”

As we have reported, MTV has already began filming the third season of the hit show.

In other Teen Mom news, Maci Bookout is now shutting down the reports that she is getting her own spin-off show with fellow teen mom Bristol Palin. Maci tells the HollywoodLife blog that the story is false and that the two have no plans for a reality show in the future.

As for the status of her relationship with boyfriend Kyle King, she says, “It’s not getting more serious. We are just chilling out, trying not to rush anything and just enjoying our time together.”

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According to a new report, Teen Mom couple Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley are on the outs once again.

The latest issue of Life & Style magazine reports that Gary has moved out of the couple’s Anderson, Indiana apartment and that Leah, his daughter with Amber, is now with him most of the time. This follows a new police report that came out last week stating that Amber threatened to attack Gary yet again.

“Gary loves Amber, but he wants custody of Leah,” Jordan Sanchez, Gary’s best friend since he was 14, tells Life & Style, adding that Gary has already moved out of the apartment he and Amber used to share. Says Jordan, ” Leah is with Gary almost all the time.”

And when it comes to Amber’s mental state, Jordan states that she has been experiencing serious anxiety and is on some strong medication. Jordan also reveals that Gary thinks Amber might be bipolar. “It’s gotten pretty bad. Gary told me that there have been several instances where Amber would say to him, ‘Come home or I’m gonna kill myself,’ and he’d fall right into her trap,” adds Jordan.

In other Teen Mom news, Ok magazine via the HollywoodLife is reporting that Maci Bookout is planning to move to California with her son Bentley. Why you might ask? Well according to the mag, Maci wants to move to LA to film a spin-off show with fellow Teen Mom/Teen Activist Bristol Palin. And we can’t make this up folks!

“Maci is 100 percent confirmed to do her own spin-off,” says a source. “Right now it’s in the early stages.” The mag adds that Maci, 19, was spotted looking at “affordable” houses in West Hollywood with her boyfriend Kyle King. And though insiders insist the story is true, an MTV rep is denying it to OK, “Maci is not considering moving to L.A..”

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Things continue to look dim for Teen Mom star Amber Portwood.

Following the news that she was being investigated by her local Police department for domestic violence against her ex-fiance Gary Shirley, a new report by the HollywoodLife states Amber could be facing felony charges. The reason? In Indiana, domestic violence in front of a child under 14 years of age can be a felony.

Amber will also be investigated by the Department of Child Services (DCS), who will reportedly interview her friends, neighbors, and other witnesses.

And it gets even worse for Amber as a new report by Life&Style magazine states Amber is not welcome in her hometown due to her behavior on the show, which includes physically attacking her child’s father Gary. The two have since reconciled and even exchanged promise rings.

Apparently, local businesses and residents in Anderson, Indiana are fed up with Amber’s antics. The owner of a local store has even gone as far as to ban Amber from filming any more scenes of the MTV hit show on its premises. “My stomach actually rolled while watching ‘Teen Mom,’” Randy Good, owner of Good’s Candy Store, told Life&Style. “Amber was filmed in the store, but now she’s gone — for good. I thought it was just awful, and because she’s local, it somehow made it worse.”

Amber has also received a lot of backlash from her local press.

And finally, despite reports that Maci Bookout was trying to get back together with her son’s father Ryan Edwards, it seems Maci is still going strong with new beau Kyle King.

The two were photographed showing PDA at a pumpkin patch in L.A. Monday. Maci has also denied the report that she is trying to get back together with her ex Ryan. A photo of Maci and Kyle below -

Maci Bookout and Amber Portwood

Teen Mom star Maci Bookout graces this week’s cover of OK magazine under the heading – “Back With Ryan!”

In a new interview with the mag, Maci and her son’s father Ryan Edwards discuss reuniting and co-parenting Bentley. According to OK, Maci has broken up with her boyfriend Kyle King, 22, while Ryan has also broken up with his girlfriend Kathryn — who has appeared with him on the show.

“I’m taking a break. I guess she wanted more,” Ryan tells OK! about his break up, adding that he and Maci have talked about getting back together. “Maci calls to this day and wants to work it out,” Ryan, 21, reveals. “Everybody says that [she’s still in love with me].”

In other Teen Mom news, Amber Portwood also graces this week’s cover of US Weekly magazine (Why are these “teen moms” being rewarded with magazine covers?) and discusses her violent attack on ex-fiance Gary Shirley in a recent episode.

“A lot has changed,” says Amber, now in couple counseling with Gary. “I haven’t hit him since that fight.” As reported last week, Amber is currently being investigated by her local police department and child protective services following the domestic violence episode.

“When I see myself in that position, it really opens my eyes,” Amber says. “I want to stop it, because I don’t want to be like that.” Amber reveals she’s working with a counselor “on how to calm down when things happen,” she reports. “We are getting close to finding a solution…If I get mad, I always try to think about Leah and how an [outburst] will affect her.”

As for her current relationship status with Gary (RadarOnline reported last week that the two were back together), Amber says things are up in the air with the two. “I do love this man…but if we keep fighting then we can’t move forward,” she adds.

The magazine covers are below -

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