TLC has found itself in hot water over allegations that its latest reality skein, “Breaking Amish,” may be a fraud. Program, which bowed Sept. 9, follows five Amish and Mennonite young adults as they leave their isolated communities for the Big Apple. “Breaking Amish” has drawn strong ratings, averaging 3 million viewers for its two Sunday 10 p.m. airings to date. Its debut was the most-watched series bow for TLC in three years, even topping that of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

Reports have surfaced, however, claiming that cast members from the show had not only left the Amish/Mennonite community years ago but have been married, had kids and been divorced. Old photos from social media sites like MySpace and Facebook showing cast members in modern clothes have circulated on the Internet, arousing suspicion from viewers and putting TLC and the skein’s production company, Hot Snakes Media, on the defensive.

In a joint statement TLC and Hot Snakes said: “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.”

Crazy to think that the network that created the monsters Jon Gosselin and Kate Gosselin, and which is currently running shows SIMULTANEOUSLY that feature dwarf security guards, an outlandish family of redneck cartoons, and two conjoined twins going to college or whatever the fuck, and who just announced today that they are releasing a special about a 1,100 pound woman, would ever stoop so low as to find some Mennonites who had already left the church to be on their show about Mennonites leaving the church. WHO ARE WE EVEN SUPPOSED TO TRUST WHEN IT COMES TO WATCHING THESE RIDICULOUS SHOWS?! This is going to be pretty rough for TLC when they lose the one viewer who wasn’t already pretty aware of the situation and still gives a shit about anything.

Comments (45)
  1. What I don’t understand is why anybody would want to watch a reality show about Amish people when they could just watch Witness?

  2. It’s a sad day when you can’t rely on the integrity of Hot Snakes Media.

    • If this is what Hot Snakes have been up to since breaking up, can you guys PLEASE just go back to being an amazing rock band!?!

      …anyone?? Seriously, please start making music again Hot Snakes.

      • I’m seeing them play on Monday!!

        • Jealous! My super sad Hot Snakes sob story for you. I was supposed to go see them live with this super cute punky girl for a punky first date as this was both of our favorite bands at the time. She ended up bailing last minute, so I’m all “it’s cool we’ll catch em next time they’re in town” as they had come through town twice in the prior six months. About a month later, they break up. Late teen/early 20s dreams crushed. And I didn’t get the girl.

          Love, like rock and roll, is hard.

    • Kind of impressive how their rep spun it into “Keep watching to find out!”

  3. First wrestling, now this.

  4. I don’t watch any of these reality programs, but I am ashamed to admit that I have just today tivoed the new one about the fake princes trying to find girlfriends. I know! What’s happening to me!!

  5. 1, Is “bow” the same as debut?

    2, Didn’t this show already happen like 10 years ago?

  6. I was thinking about Teen Mom the other day. I’ve never seen it, but I’ve been told that the people on that show live under poor conditions, essentially in poverty. And people were surprised when it was revealed that (no duh) they are actually paid pretty well? Did people honestly think that MTV was finding these children growing up under poor conditions and exploiting that for entertainment purposes? Is that better or worse than the fact that these girls could afford better lives for their children, but choose not to because they want to be on TV? I don’t even know anymore.

  7. So when one of them gets a terminal cancer diagnosis and starts cooking meth…I shouldn’t believe that’s real?

    • Wouldn’t “Breaking Amish” be about regular civilians who start to become Amish? I mean its called “Breaking Bad” not “Breaking Good” for a reason, and that reason makes more sense than this show.

  8. I mean, it takes a certain suspension of disbelief to even buy into the idea that actual, devout Amish people are agreeing to be VIDEOTAPED and SHOWN ON TELEVISION in the first place, right?

    • The Amish have a tradition called “Rumspringa” which is brilliant: When you turn 17 or something, you have to commit to continue being Amish, like Confirmation in Catholicism. So a lot of Amish at 17 leave the community to try out the modern world. They move to a city, drink too much, etc. Most of them get homesick and go back to be Amish forever, but a few stay. There is an awesome documentary about it called Devil’s Playground from 2002 (not to be confused with a dubious-looking horror movie of same name from 2010). My point is you guys should totally see Devil’s Playground (2002).

      • Apparently, though, most of them don’t actually go nuts and get drunk and play with drugs and stuff like that and it’s more about meeting folks outside the community, or something.

  9. i work in reality tv and have appeared on a reality tv show and i can assure that it is all extremely fake

  10. I find it amusing that this is debunked as fake the same day I read about a sect of Amish commiting hate crimes against other Amish for real. I don’t know why I think it is funny. It could have something to do with the head cold and sudafed.

  11. The Learning Channel

  12. Alex Vermitsky  |   Posted on Sep 21st, 2012 +4

    Whatever, I watched this show the other day about the discovery of mermaids and was totally fooled into believing that those people believed they had actually found mermaids. Then I read somewhere that it was a FAKE DOCUMENTARY?!? Isn’t a fake documentary just real fiction? I don’t get it.

    Anyway, I’ve spent time in an Amish town and they all go to Walmart and eat at food courts, so the idea that they’ve never even seen electricity and would be so wide-eyed amazed by it all is stupid.

  13. Also, how funny is it that they’re kind of in fashion at the minute? Like, if their outfits in this picture were tighter, and the dresses fell just above the knee or something, they’d be pretty hip.

  14. I dunno…I mean, I know that reality shows are very fake and scripted but at least we assume these people are who they say they are. As in, WHAT they are doing is totally fake, but they themselves are at least not COMPLETELY fabricated, I guess. I just think that at this point, where every single thing about the “reality show” is fake, they might as well just go ahead and make it a completely scripted show with actors and everything.

  15. Reality, for the most part, is too dull to put on t.v. Or, at least, the exciting parts happen too infrequently to waste time filming everything. I have a friend who edits America’s Next Top Model and most of what he does is stitch random words together so they can get the models to say exactly what they want. Also, has anyone watched Gallery Girls? Aside from how irritating the girls are, it’s the most boring thing I’ve ever seen. One show was all about one of the girls going bowling with her boyfriend and his moronic friends.

    • I agree, nobody’s life is that interesting. Not even famous people, which is why I figure their talk show appearances are complete (or at least mostly) fiction.

  16. I was thinking maybe all these horrible shows all at once might signify some kind of apocalyptic end to reality television, but it looks like they’re doing as well as ever, huh. I wonder where it goes from here.

  17. Are you telling me that the super-mega-hottie in that one episode of True Life of people with OCD, who definitely had the mildest case of OCD but was filmed no less than the other OCD character, totally didn’t have OCD? And that within the hour-long episode, filming a span of three weeks, was cured by the end of it?! THAT WASN’T REAL!? I will never trust another SUPER-MEGA-HOTTIE w/ OCD on primetime MTV again!!

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