Bristol Palin was a literal teen mom about 10 years ago.
But the daughter of ex-Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is now a Teen Mom is the more figurative and professional sense, making a living as one of two new cast members on Teen Mom OG.
It’s pretty darn weird when you think about it.
Or not just when you think about it.
When you actually experience it and work alongside Palin, according to Tyler Baltierra.
For Bristol, meanwhile, it was pretty darn weird to walk right onto a show that had been airing for seven seasons already — and on which everyone was pretty close and familiar.
“I was like, this is their job, they’ve been doing this for so long,” Palin said on Monday’s Teen Mom OG premiere aftershow.. “I hope they like me.”
She may have also had this fear because, let’s face it, plenty of people out there do not like Bristol or her famous mother.
Bristol and Chyenne Floyd were both added to Teen Mom OG in the wake of Farrah Abraham being let go by MTV.
After plenty of back and forth with the controversial star, executives decided in February that it could no longer be associated with someone who did amateur pornography, basically.
“We didn’t want to step on toes, I think,” Floyd said of how she and Palin felt upon meeting the other OGs and starting to film by their side.
Catelynn Lowell, who also appeared on the after-show, thought back to the first time she met the new cast members, saying on air:
“We were doing a promo shoot. I think the production and everything made it was more awkward.”
Bristol agreed, chiming in as follows:
And Floyd also agreed!
“We hugged, and it was probably the most awkward hug ever. It was so awkward,” she said of meeting Palin.
Also awkward for Floyd? Some of the backlash she has received for not actually being a teen mom.
Not now. Not ever.
(Floyd shares one-year-old daughter Ryder with Cory Wharton; they welcomed their daughter whe Chyenne was 23 years old.)
But this is what Chyenne said on the topic last month:
“I think that a lot of people are stuck on the word and at the end of the day I’m still young mom. I still have the same struggles and I’m still learning just like everyone else.
I don’t think 23 is the ideal age to have a baby. She was unplanned, so in other ways, other than me not being a teen, I have different things that you can relate.
“So instead of me screaming all day long that I’m not a teen mom, I’d rather just talk about things that I am.”
For a look at how the veteran OGs feel about these newbies, click below: