Around a month ago, TLC announced that upcoming episodes of their hit reality series 'Breaking Amish' would address the rumors that the show isn't based in reality at all. Today, it was revealed when that address would take place: during two one-hour specials on November 11 and November 18.
As Ted Blanchard reported here, online evidence seemed to fly in the face of the cast biographies listed on the show's main website, not to mention entirely contradict the claims made by the show's advertising campaign. Contrary to the schtick of the program (focused on young people who have never before lived in mainstream society, let alone New York City), photos online suggested that several of the cast had not only lived in the city, but had married, divorced, and had children before the series began.
The special episodes will feature the entire 'Breaking Amish' gang, Jeremiah, Kate, Abe, Rebecca, and Sabrina, being interviewed by Michelle Beadle ('Access Hollywood'). While not exactly known for hard-hitting questions, Beadle is no stranger to pumping up a potential controversy. In a statement released today, TLC explained that the specials will allow the cast members to "speak candidly about their experience in New York and address all of the swirling rumors and allegations" regarding the possible fraudulent claims about the series. "They also disclose where their relationships currently stand with their family and friends," the statement assures; "[they will] tackle the rumors and questions about the authenticity of their Amish and Mennonite backgrounds."
While Hot Snakes Media produced 'Breaking Amish' for TLC, Peacock Productions is handling the reunion specials. Given the ratings smash that the series became (and America's undying lust for controversy), expect big numbers put up by TLC on November 11th and 18th.
'Breaking Amish' airs Sundays at 10:00pm EST on TLC.