The young Amish (and one Mennonite) featured on TLC’s “Breaking Amish” reality series did not exactly fulfill TLC’s promise that they would address allegations that portions of their personal stories were fabricated for the show.
The five — three women (one of whom is — or was — a Mennonite) and two men — were expected to talk about the rumors of fakery on the two-part “reunion” special that served as an epilogue to the series. Part One of the “Breaking Amish” reunion — cleverly subtitled “The Shunning Truth” — aired Sunday, Nov. 11, and Part Two just aired this past Sunday (Nov. 18).
But according to reports — including this one — the show’s participants largely adopted a “none of your business” attitude when interviewer Michelle Beadle of “Access Hollywood” asked them about various aspects of their backstories.
Here’s how TLC ballyhooed the reunion shows last month when the specials were announced: “[The participants] 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.”
So, I guess you could say they “tackled” the questions by basically not answering them directly. For example, when one of the women — Rebecca — was asked questions about a previous marriage, and a child that resulted from it, she answered, “I don’t give a [expletive deleted] what anybody thinks.”
In fact, Rebecca and her now-husband Abe seemed to be at the center of the “fakery” rumors more than the show’s other participants.
As for the fates and futures of the five participants, they all confirmed that they have now opted for lives outside of the closed societies in which they were raised.
TLC has yet to announce whether a second season of “Breaking Amish” will be produced. We’re pretty sure the Discovery-owned cable network would like to have another go at this, perhaps with another group of young Amish and Mennonites, because Season One did very well for them — about 3 million viewers per episode.