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'Breaking Amish' fakery acknowledged by TLC, to be "addressed" in upcoming episodes


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/24/2012 

Breaking Amish is not what it has appeared to be.

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TLC has acknowledged not all of Breaking Amish's cast are whom they presented themselves to be when the reality series began filming, The New York Daily News reported Friday.

"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," the network said in a statement.

TLC issued the statement after various reports surfaced claiming at least some of the Breaking Amish cast members -- who allegedly left behind their strict traditional Amish and Mennonite communities for the first time to chase their dreams in New York City -- had already lived outside of their closed communities before the show was filmed. Blogs and message boards have also featured old photos of cast members in modern clothes, as well as copies and links to alleged marriage certificates, arrest records, and social media content.

According to a Daily News source close to Breaking Amish -- which premiered on TLC earlier this month -- at least one of the cast members hid the fact that he or she had lived in the outside world, been married, had kids, and gotten divorced prior to participating in the show. It reportedly became clear to the show's producers as production went on that this person, and possibly another, had misrepresented themselves.

According to Daily Variety, TLC also noted it does not advertise the Breaking Amish cast members are leaving their communities for the first time. However, the network's press materials have appeared to state otherwise.

In an August press release announcing the series' premiere, TLC stated Breaking Amish would "provide a never-before-seen look inside the lives of young men and women as they, for the first time, trade horse and buggy with taxi cabs to break out from their respective Amish/Mennonite communities in their pursuit to chase big dreams in the Big Apple."



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