Amber Portwood gets $280K a year, doesn’t “want to be known as Amber from Teen Mom”

Teen Mom star Amber Portwood was released from jail last week, but not before a judge forced her to reveal in open court how much she earns every year: $280,000, which is two six-month $140,000 contracts.

Amber cannot contact her former fiance Gary Shirley after being “arrested Monday on two felony counts and a misdemeanor count of domestic battery and one felony count of neglect of a dependant,” The Herald Bulletin reports. That was the direct result of footage of her beating Shirley, which aired Sept. 28.

That the judge asked Amber to reveal her salary, over objections from her attorey, “forcing Portwood to reveal that she makes $140,000 for a six-month contract with MTV. If she works the entire year, Portwood said, the 20-year-old makes $280,000 annually,” the paper reported.

When asked about MTV by paparazzi, Amber said, “they’re good to me,” but added, “I don’t want to be known as Amber from Teen Mom.”

‘Teen Mom’ barred from seeing child’s father [Herald Bulletin]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.