Most people know that reality TV doesn’t always represent “reality.” But just how fake can these shows get? The answer: really, really, really fake. Watch our original video above or read on below, and subscribe to the Nicki Swift YouTube channel for more awesome videos!
In 2012, TLC premiered Breaking Amish, said to be about a group of Amish and Mennonites who ditch their butter churns for the bright lights of New York City. Sound ridiculous? That’s nothing compared to the drama that unfolded behind the scenes. Just two episodes into Breaking Amish, reports circulated that the cast of the show wasn’t exactly who they said they were. Among the craziest allegations: two cast members said to be meeting for the first time actually had a child together; and another said to be leaving the faith for the first time had allegedly split about 14 years prior. The scandal eventually grew so big that TLC had to release a statement. “There is a lot of information floating around about the group featured on Breaking Amish,” the network said. “Much of it is not true, but some of it is—and is addressed in upcoming episodes.”
Somehow, some way, Breaking Amish weathered the storm and has stayed on the air for three additional seasons, two of which were under the name Return to Amish.