Reality Series Hit With Fraud Allegations THR
After a new reality series was accused of being a fake, the network airing it has issued a statement promising that the allegations will be discussed on the show itself.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed, the TLC reality show "Breaking Amish" said it will address accusations that its portrayal of five Amish and Mennonite people taking a "rumspringa" in New York City is fake, with some of the subjects having lived outside of their communities for years.
Photos posted on Facebook and MySpace allegedly show that cast members have entered mainstream society, getting married, having children and getting divorced, the story says.
TLC said some of of the information "floating around" is true, but urged critics to watch the show, which will address some of the issues, according to a statement from the network.
"There is a lot of information floating around about the group featured on 'Breaking Amish,'" reads the network statement. "Much of it is not true, but some of it is -- and is addressed in upcoming episodes.”
With two of its 10 episodes having aired, the show has averaged just under 3 million viewers, making it a strong performer for TLC.
TLC is no stranger to controversy surrounding its reality shows, with 2011’s “All-American Muslim” losing advertisers and creating more attention in the media than in the ratings. The channel’s current show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has been another lightning rod for criticism.