Seen here presumably having the very epiphany that spawned this post, Teen Mom Amber Portwood is now trying to claim MTV paid her $1,000 to assault Gary Shirley in front of their daughter to add more drama to the show. The National Enquirer reports:
But Amber insists the violence was all a ruse and that show execs gave her an extra $1,000 to “get physical” with her ex during filming because they “wanted more drama,” says an insider.
“Amber knows she needs a good defense, and reality show producers are known to stage scenes, so she thinks it’s believable.
“She says that the producers were concerned because they don’t get much drama from the other moms.
“They told her that she and Gary were the most popular couple on the show and that they would pay her extra to provoke a fight. Amber says Gary didn’t know about it because they wanted a ‘spontaneous’ reaction from him.”
Honestly, I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, Amber does seem like the type who wouldn’t know that slapping the shit out of an unsuspecting person is the exact legal definition of assault. I mean, look what she had sex with. Not to mention, MTV put this show on the air in the first place, so that’s a pretty hefty strike against them if not evidence of a war crime. Now, on the other hand.. I’ve actually got nothing because everything I just said talked me into believing her. LET MAMA FRATELLI GO!