When Ryan Edwards and his family released statements about being fired from Teen Mom OG in 2021, it led to lots of questions about why they were let go, whether they'd be back, and what Maci Bookout thinks of her ex, his wife, and his parents finally being taken off the show. Although MTV didn't come out to make an official announcement regarding the news, Ryan and his family spoke about their exit at the time.
For the most part, the consensus among the Edwards family is that they're glad to be off the show and away from cameras. Season 9 of Teen Mom OG included a lot about Maci and Ryan's son Bentley Edwards, and his concerns over attending therapy with Ryan, who had been mostly reluctant to do so. Given the ongoing contention, it made sense for Ryan to finally stop filming.
However, in Season 1B of Teen Mom: The Next Chapter, Ryan and his parents are back.
Why was Ryan Edwards fired from 'Teen Mom OG'?
Along with his wife Mackenzie Edwards and his parents, Jen and Larry Edwards, Ryan stopped filming Teen Mom OG. He didn't come out to explain why he was fired, but Mackenzie told the YouTube channel Without a Crystal Ball that the reason allegedly stemmed from Maci's agent wanting her time on the show to be the focus, rather than sharing the spotlight with Ryan and his family.
"We just got a call yesterday from Morgan [J. Freeman] and Larry [Musnik] at MTV and Maci's agent went above their heads and went to Viacom," Mackenzie shared in March 2021. She added that "they wanted to focus on all of Maci's abilities and her … whatever she does, and that we took up the time on the show that she could be using to show all that."
Larry spoke out about the firing himself, but chose not to address Maci's alleged role in the Edwards family's being let go. Instead, he told The Sun about Ryan's business building and selling dune buggies. Ryan shared his own thoughts with the publication in a separate interview, where he mentioned that his dune buggy fabrication shop had been taking up most of his time and that he hadn't paid too much mind to being fired from Teen Mom OG.
Ryan Edwards is back on 'Teen Mom: The Next Chapter.'
Despite Ryan and his parents leaving the Teen Mom franchise, they all returned and resumed filming for the second part of The Next Chapter, which premiered in July 2023. And in a surprising turn of events, the first couple of episodes of the second half of the season show Maci and Ryan co-parenting successfully for the first time in a long while.
Prior to Ryan and his parents' return to the franchise, they were vocal about their issues with Maci. And even now, Maci's husband, Taylor McKinney, is weary about allowing Ryan back into their lives out of concern about what it could mean for Bentley, should things go wrong.
But Maci seems intent on moving things along with Ryan in her son's life, while Ryan and his family appear to have slid back into their reality TV roles.
Watch Teen Mom: The Next Chapter on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST on MTV.