'Breaking Amish' to air two-part reunion special that will address fakery allegations
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/26/2012
TLC has announced it will air a two-part reunion special for Breaking Amish that will address various fakery allegations.
Hosted by NBC's Michelle Beadle, Breaking Amish's reunion special will air on Sunday, November 11 and Sunday, November 18 at 10PM ET/PT and feature cast members Jeremiah, Kate, Abe, Rebecca, and Sabrina giving viewers answers regarding all the rumors that have been circulating about them in past months.
"From drunken fights and hook ups, to whether any of them have been married, have kids, or have been arrested, it's a raw discussion revealing intimate details about their lives and relationships," according to TLC.
"[They'll] also disclose where their relationships currently stand with their family and friends, and tackle the rumors and questions about the authenticity of their Amish and Mennonite backgrounds."
Rumors and reports that some of Breaking Amish's cast are not whom they presented themselves to be when the reality series began filming have swirled since it premiered on TLC last month.
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, 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.
In addition, Deadline Hollywood reported a photo was posted online in 2011 showing Abe and Rebecca seemingly living together in the city with a child even though they have claimed they never met before appearing on Breaking Amish.
Recent Breaking Amish broadcasts have reportedly shown the pair beginning to date and Abe asking Rebecca to marry him only to find out she was allegedly married before.