TLC to address 'Breaking Amish' rumors
'BREAKING' BAD? TLC has responded to mounting criticism of the authenticity of "Breaking Amish," the first episode of which was the network's highest-rated premiere in three years. CBS affiliate WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., in the heart of several Amish communities, found that according to articles and court records some cast members left the faith years ago, and some have married, divorced and had children, though the show represents them as young singles who, except for one, were still living in their communities. TLC said in a 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."
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