TLC is fighting back after the internet exploded with criticism over its new show ‘Breaking Amish’. The program features five young people, two from Lancaster County.
After our story aired earlier this week about TLC’s new show Breaking Amish, CBS-21 was flooded with emails. Some people claimed to know the cast members, others gave us tips on where some of them work or used to work.
All the emails questioned the show’s authenticity. Now TLC is responding.
TLC’s hit new reality show, ‘Breaking Amish’ has only aired two episodes so far, but it’s getting a lot of attention.
The show follows four Amish and one Mennonite who are breaking away from their faith and traveling to New York City for the first time. By the end, they’ll decide whether to return home or start a new life. But many are questioning how much of ‘Breaking Amish’ is real?
In the last few weeks a Facebook page called Breaking Amish the Truth was created. It already has close to 1900 followers who post comments like:
“While I was watching the episodes, I kept thinking something isn't right. It seemed kind a fake to me and I am glad to know I wasn't the only one thinking this.” - Allyson
“As a someone who was born and raised Amish, and knows one the cast members of ‘Breaking Amish’, I can assure you it is fake and all staged.” - David
“Should call the show Faking Amish.” - Louis
In response to comments like these and other internet posts, TLC gave us this statement.
"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.” – TLC
The show airs Sunday nights on TLC.