Teen Mom OG just had its season finale. Ahead of the reunion, producer Larry Musnik reveals what’s really happening behind-the-scenes.
Specifically: Is Ryan Edwards as bored as he appears on camera? Matt Baier was a fan of the show, approached some of the girls on Twitter, and he’s a recovering addict. So did producers do a background check on Matt before allowing him to film the show?
So many questions! Larry dishes the dirt to Cosmo:
- Was Larry too hard on Farrah this season? I was tough on her? I think yes, but it’s kind of important. Farrah sometimes needs that. I think she needs someone to be that voice. Maybe she’d admit it too, who knows? It’s Farrah. She tests everybody around her. Her family, everyone in her life, will get a little bit of that. I can be the one that’s a little harder [on her]. I think she ultimately respects me for it.
- What does he think of Matt? What do I think of him? I don’t know him like I know the other people. I know that he’s considerably older. He was a fan of the show. But right now, Amber seems happy that’s she’s got somebody in her life. She’s still kind of able to be healthy and do the things that she wants to do. She’s come a long way. Our concern with anybody that she gets involved with is like, Oh gosh, what’s going to happen? But so far, so good. I don’t have any judgment one way or the other about that.
- Do producers generally research / background check new people? We are very careful to do background checks and know what’s going on in a person’s history and not be surprised to the best of our ability. We are checking and asking and doing that due diligence all the time. We want to be sure that these people are with them because of the relationship, not because of the TV camera. In the case of Matt and Amber, that relationship was going on… Amber hid that relationship from us for a while because she herself wanted to put him through that test. I respect that. I don’t know the longevity of any of these relationships for any of these kids. Some relationships last longer. Some of them end. They’re still young. They’re still figuring it all out.
- Are the locations real or a sound stage? It’s not a set. It’s not a set because I have to deal with the Homeowner’s Association. We don’t have any sets. They’re their houses and we sometimes take extra care to not identify houses with addresses and other markings. But no, as far as I know, we film in their real homes. Their real homes change a lot because they don’t stay in one place too long.
- Does Ryan hate filming? I don’t believe that he doesn’t want to do it. I think he likes it. I think deep down —you know, he’s a dude trying to play it cool. If he looked like he loved it, it wouldn’t be cool. But he likes the attention. I don’t buy that. I don’t think he likes to talk about many situations, so I think he wishes he could probably just sit there and suck on his lollipop or whatever he’s eating in a particular scene, just not talk and be done with what we have to do. But we do need him to express himself, so sometimes it’s a little difficult. Sometimes it’s harder with the guys to have them actually articulate what’s in their brain.
- How do the other guys feel about filming? If we had to break down the guys between comfort level, yes, Tyler and Gary are comfortable and love doing this. Tyler I think wants to go into film. Gary would love to have his own radio show, I think, and he’s thinking about how he’s going to market himself, whether it’s putting “Gary Time” on a T-shirt or a condom. It’s hysterical.