MTV tried to retain David Eason even as fans urged network to fire him for homophobic tweets
A few days ago, Teen Mom 2's David Eason became the most hated cast member after he attacked the LGBTQ community. However, MTV held a long conversation with him before they finally decided to his associateion with the network.
MTV's decision to fire David Eason for posting homophobic tweets took fans by surprise. After all, only a handful of cast members have faced the axe for their controversial behaviour but Jenelle Evans' husband's firing sent a cautionary signal to everyone else on the cast. The network seemed to say that it will take a strong stance against those who cross a line. But is that how it went down?
Official statement from @MTVPress: David Eason’s personal comments do not reflect the views of MTV. With six weeks left of production on ‘Teen Mom 2,’ effective immediately, we are ending our relationship with him.— MTV (@MTV) February 21, 2018
New details that have emerged since David's exit point to MTV's hesitancy in firing the 29-year-old. The network reportedly wanted to end the issue and urged David to take down the post and issue an apology. However, Jenelle's husband refused to comply with MTV's requests.
A source said, "He kept repeating that those are his beliefs and he doesn’t have to apologize for what he said because it’s true. I think that’s when the producers knew they couldn’t write this one off. They issued the statement later that night, right after that phone call with David. Jenelle was shocked."
Although David has been fired from Teen Mom 2, he will still appear in the new season as filming is underway. Jenelle's husband's absence will perhaps be noticed in the last few episodes of the TV show. The reality star, who earned $4,000 per episode, will lose $10,000 in total, the source said, according to The Ashley's Reality Round-Up.
So far, Jenelle's fate on the show is not yet known but she fears if they'll let her stay on. Insiders say that the reality TV star is frozen out by the network as no one is responding to her calls.
Interestingly, the only person who has been sympathetic to Jenelle is her estranged mom, Barbara. "It makes sense, though, because if Jenelle doesn’t continue to film, Barbara won’t film either. That’s how it’s always been in the past at least; if the principal girl doesn’t film, the secondary cast doesn’t either," the source added.
However, MTV may just axe Jenelle as well. The TV show's crew members have reportedly refused to film the mom of three as her husband might be in the vicinity. The Ashley's Reality Round-Up claimed that David won't be allowed to attend Teen Mom 2's reunions even though he has screen time in the upcoming season.
— Nicole (@ScreamBeautiful) February 19, 2018
I will say this as well, if @KailLowry @TM2LeahDawn & @ChelseaHouska stay silent while #DavidEason continues to spread his hate speech, we then know its about $ and not integrity. They fired @F1abraham because of porn 😐 but keepin homophobic hateful Dave. Stop this shit.
So far, Jenelle's endorsements haven't been affected by David's firing. Nevertheless, MTV faced financial losses as advertisers pulled out of the show after David's homophobic tweets went viral.
It all started with one Twitter user suggesting that David limit the exposure of guns in his house since the reality star lives with his kids. However, David responded, "And just what makes you think you have the right to tell me how to be a parent? Because you think you know me? LMAO why don't you go tell the homo and transgender parents to start teaching their kids better morals?" he reportedly wrote. "Oh I forgot, that's supposed to be normal."
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