What happened to Chelsea Houska? 'Teen Mom 2' star shares reason behind her exit from the show after a decade
The coronavirus pandemic helped put things in perspective for a lot of people around the world including 'Teen Mom 2' star Chelsea Houska. Season 10 that aired in September 2020 was self-shot by cast members and in the final episode, Houska sat with husband Cole DeBoer, to talk about something that was weighing her down.
“Something’s been weighing on me the last few months and I’m finally ready to talk about it on camera,” she said to DeBoer. Later on, she opened up about how much things changed for her during the pandemic leaving her with the question if her time on the show had come to an end. Houska had informed her fans about her exit in a lengthy post on Instagram, a month before the finale aired on the popular network.
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Why did Chelsea Houska quit 'Teen Mom 2'?
“We are forever thankful to MTV and our crew, who are like family to us. We’re parting on the best of terms and will stay in touch long after this. We’re proud to have been able to share our story and are so grateful to the fans who have followed our journey from the beginning,” the reality star wrote in her caption. “Our next chapter in life will focus on developing our brand and taking things to the next level with new endeavors and expanding family businesses," she added, urging fans to tune in to the last moments of her family on the show.
Houska is a mother of three kids. She had Aubree with her ex-boyfriend Adam Lind and shares son Watson, 3, and daughter Layne, 2, with DeBoer. In the last episode, Houska said, “I’ve really been thinking about it lately. I just feel like I’m questioning if my time on the show 'Teen Mom'... if it’s coming to an end. Thinking about it, it’s definitely not an easy thing. I’ve been doing this since I was 17,” she said. “I just feel like I have a lot to think about. I’m probably not going to say anything to the kids until I make an actual decision," she added. DeBoer, being the ever-supportive husband that he has been since they married in 2016, assured her everything will be fine. He had no qualms about leaving the show if that's what Houska wanted.
Daughter Aubree is why Houska quit
Houska and DeBoer received a lot of flak for their treatment of Adam Lind and his family. DeBoer made his displeasure clear when he found out Aubree's phone had Lind's number saved as 'Dad'. Her paternal grandmother had entered Lind's number on the 11-year-old's phone when she was visiting the family.
“I was looking to be that contact, but we’ll get there,” he told Houska in one episode. “I don’t like it when she gets that kind of stuff forced on her. If she wanted it, she would have asked for it,” he continued. “If she wanted to talk to him, she could talk to him! This is frustrating.”
He and Houska got massive hate on Reddit for their attitude. "So Chelsea and Cole should constantly s--t on Aubree's dad and have absolutely no regard for Aubree's feelings because Cole is a better emergency contact?" wrote a fan. "I agree. If Adam [Lind] were to get sober and get his s--t together and decide to actually start trying to nurture a relationship with Aubree - rather than be happy for Aubree, Cole would be pissed that he wasn't the hero anymore," another fan wrote.
"It’s pretty crazy to see how much Chelsea tries to low key manipulate Aubree in this whole situation, and how she beams when Aubree doesn’t want to involve her dad or go to her GPs. Even down to the emojis around Adam’s contact name in Aubree’s phone," another comment read.
According to a report by The Ashley's Reality Roundup, Aubree is the reason Houska decided to quit the show but it's certainly not because of the backlash and negativity they received from fans. The mom of three thought it would be the best if Aubree spent her life away from the camera and led a normal teenage life. Many fans have complained that Houska's plotlines are always about Aubree and her life with the Linds.
Houska wasn't happy
“Chelsea was becoming more and more concerned about Aubree being on-camera, now that she’s older,” an anonymous insider told The Ashley. “Chelsea didn’t like that her segments were becoming more and more about Aubree’s personal life and her relationship with Adam’s family," she said.
Houska always knew she would quit the show once Aubree attained a certain age. “She always knew she would leave the show once Aubree reached a certain age,” the source explained. “She didn’t want her to go through puberty on-camera and be subjected to hurtful and sometimes creepy comments from viewers.
“She wants Aubree to go into her teenage years with privacy, and not be on reality TV anymore,” the insider said. “If Chelsea were to do any more television shows in the future, she would not do anything about her personal life.” The person also added the Houska was shocked people assumed her exit was because of the negativity she and DeBoer were receiving from fans. “Chelsea was actually quite shocked when she saw people speculating that the negativity toward Cole had anything to do with that decision,” the insider added.
'Teen Mom 2' has replaced Chelsea Houska with Ashley Jones for Season 11. In an interview, Jones said: “First of all, I like to say that I’m not a replacement. I am just an addition. Chelsea has bared her soul on this show for years and I would never want to replace her."
She added, "I’m just honored to be a part of something. Now I feel like, Chelsea’s not gone or forgotten. She’s just moved on to bigger and better things. And I feel like that’s the point.”
Catch the season premiere on May 4 at 8 pm ET only on MTV.