Welcome again, mama.
Though she was exiled from the “Teen Mom” universe years in the past, Farrah Abraham obtained a comparatively heat welcome from her former co-stars whereas filming MTV’s new spin-off “Teen Mom: Family Reunion.”
During a digital press junket, Maci Bookout and Amber Portwood — who launched “Teen Mom” alongside Abraham in 2009 — completely instructed Page Six they “still care for” the polarizing actuality star and wanted her to quickly rejoin the forged for a kid-free San Diego getaway.
“I had not seen her or spoken to her, honestly, in years,” Bookout mentioned. “But we all were on the same page. Everyone should be invited. If you come, it’s up to you, whatever.”
Bookout and Abraham, each 30, memorably fought in 2015 when the collection was rebooted as “Teen Mom OG.” During a New York City press tour, Bookout asserted that she didn’t need her son, Bentley, now 13, to seem on the identical collection as Abraham, who had made a current foray into the grownup leisure trade.
Six years after their explosive argument, although, Bookout felt prepared to handle any residual rigidity with Abraham on “Family Reunion” — a mix of mixers, skilled remedy and out of doors actions meant to convey the women and their visitors nearer.
“When I saw her, I was like, ‘Alright, she came. I can respect that.’ I was willing to be like, ‘Let’s see what happens.’ I’m not 23 anymore and she never really did anything personally to me besides [talking] crap sometimes,” mentioned Bookout. “I was like, ‘Let’s see what happens.’ So, I did.”
Portwood, 31 — who has given Abraham extra grace up to now, regardless of additionally struggling mentioned crap-talking — defined that it was essential that her frenemy felt included whereas filming “Family Reunion” this summer time.
“I just wanted to hear where she was in her life. We wanted everybody to be there because this franchise is definitely a very unique one,” she mentioned. “It really doesn’t matter what a person did or what’s going on in their life. We wanted everybody to feel welcome.”
“So, You’re Crazy Too?” creator Portwood — who has overcome dependancy, jail time and a psychological well being battle all through her decade-plus within the public eye — mentioned that she has a novel sense of empathy for Abraham, whose personal private setbacks have lengthy been dissected by the media.
“I do care for her. Maci has [warned] me many times. But I think we all care for her in some sort of way,” Portwood defined. “I’m always the one that’s trying to be friends with her because I kind of feel bad sometimes.”
Abraham continuously sparred with the forged and producers all through her tenure on “Teen Mom OG” earlier than she was finally fired in 2018.
“TMOG’s” Cheyenne Floyd, an alum of “Are You The One?” and “The Challenge,” who joined the previous present months after Abraham’s termination, didn’t know what to anticipate from the truth star.
“Everyone’s heard about things that she’s done or said in the past,” mentioned Floyd, 29, earlier than teasing, “The night when Farrah came was just interesting.”
Meanwhile, “Teen Mom 2” persona Leah Messer appeared a bit extra skeptical of Abraham, who had but to make her arrival on Tuesday night time’s “Family Reunion” premiere.
“How you treat people speaks volumes on your character,” the 29-year-old instructed Page Six. “And over the course of time, I haven’t witnessed good character.”
“Family Reunion” stars Bookout, Portwood, Floyd, and Messer, in addition to “Teen Mom 2” personalities Jade Cline, Ashley Jones and Briana DeJesus. In addition to Abraham, extra visitors are anticipated to indicate up because the season progresses.
“It was like ‘Teen Mom’ dodgeball!” Bookout recalled with fun. “We were getting people thrown in all the time at random times.”
Added Floyd, “That kind of made the experience fun and kept us on edge. I liked some guests more than others and some stayed way longer than others. Some only came for a second! But overall, I had such a good experience with the surprises. I had a lot of fun.”
“Teen Mom: Family Reunion” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, adopted instantly by “Teen Mom: Girls’ Night In” — starring Bookout, Portwood and Catelynn Lowell — at 9 p.m. ET.