As reality show viewers, we’ve come to accept that certain things about our favorite programs are in some way fake or staged. The “cast” of MTV’s The Hills admitted to reenacting situations and changing their clothes several times a day to film specific scenes.
TLC’s Breaking Amish, a show about Amish people (and one Mennonite) between the ages of 20 to 32 who wish to leave their isolated farming communities to explore New York, may not have a script or big-name celebrities, but it does appear to be 90% fabricated.
All but one of the five cast members have been or are married, and one photo submitted on the Facebook page Breaking Amish: The Truth is supposedly of a married Rebecca and Abe (who pretended to be strangers), holding their baby.
Claims from family members and the Facebook page seem to prove that the audience has been completely misled (like this photo of adopted Mennonite Sabrina standing next to her husband).
The ex-wife of Jeremiah Raber (right) told WHP-TV that the show “is fake” and that he was never shunned by the Amish, but left 14 years ago when he was 18. He also has three kids and has owned multiple cars in his lifetime.
“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 and the production company Hot Snakes Media said in a joint statement.