Now TLC is defending its breakout hit, addressing claims that the five Amish and Mennonite protagonists left their communities years ago and have been living in modern society ever since.
“There is a lot of information floating around about the group featured on Breaking Amish. Much of it is not true, but some of it is — and is addressed in upcoming episodes,” said TLC in a joint statement with the show’s production company, Hot Snakes Media.
Speaking to Variety, Hot Snakes also responded to allegations about the show’s validity, saying, “[The cast members] had already made the decision to go out and see the world, with or without us. They courageously allowed us to follow them on this journey.” TLC added that it makes no claims that this is the first time the cast members of Breaking Amish have left their isolated communities.
An industry insider told Variety, “Oftentimes networks turn their head and play the ‘we didn’t know’ card,” in regards to whether a show is staged.
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