Breaking Amish The Shunning Truth part two aired Sunday November 18, 2012 (the reunion part one aired last week right after the season finale). Concluding the season that earned TLC some of its best ratings in years with highs of 3.9 million viewers-per-episode.
During part two of the reunion, host Michelle Beadle asked the cast whether they were actors on the show which they denied. This appears to be true. They were only paid a stipend by producers while living in New York City, rather than being paid as actors. However, some of the auxiliary cast members including Jeremiah Raber’s “girlfriend” were almost certainly hired as actors. Asked about their pay, Rebecca Byler said she’s been working for years and had some money in a savings account. Sabrina Burkholder (née High) said she worked for years too and she didn’t spend much of it because her community lived off the land.
* Rebecca Byler: Admits the bikini photo from June 2010 is her. However, she doesn’t admit that she was pregnant in the photo nor that she was married and having an extramarital affair with Abe Schmucker. Nor that she was living with Schmucker while she was married to someone else. She got defensive and shut down further questions about the bikini photo. About the teeth pulling, she says her teeth were in bad condition and it was her choice to have them pulled rather than being in pain all the time.
* Abe Schmucker: Conjectures that ex-Amish or friends of the community are starting rumours about him and Rebecca Byler. He did the show to portray the “truth” about the Amish even though the production was a farce and he’s still lying now about the paternity of Byler’s baby. He admits the 2008 arrest for public intoxication where his brother was arrested as well.
* Jeremiah Raber: Says he grew up Amish, joined the church at 16, then left multiple times. He actually left 14-years ago and by all accounts hasn’t returned for any length of time (he was out more than he was in). Speaking about the ex-wife who ran to the media over his domestic violence charges, he says people should do their “freakin’ homework.” He spent “three days in jail” over his ex-wife’s claims but the court allegedly threw the cases out. He also says his ex-wife stayed at a women’s shelter but not because he was physically abusive. Speaking about his three kids, he admits to not always paying child support in the past, says he regrets it, and he’s paying now. He sees his kids once-a-month since moving away from their native Ohio.
* Katie “Kate” Stoltzfus: Did the show for the experience. Also says if you go to Lancaster County on a Saturday night, there are lots of Amish kids in English clothes. Admits that she worked as a waitress/ bartender, although producers already admitted that too. She’s got an excuse for the modelling photos from 2010 that prove her time on Breaking Amish isn’t her first trying to be a model. She explains, she was working at a bed & breakfast where someone said she had “great eyes” and “should be a model” so she submitted her photo online.
* Sabrina Burkholder (née High): Talks about her 2009 marriage to Delmar Burkholder, who is apparently still legally her husband since she’s in the process of getting a divorce (she says getting a divorce is difficult for a Mennonite). She says a former friend released these photos from her wedding. But she insists it was a Mennonite wedding with no alcohol and no dancing. She’s “not ashamed” of being married nor estranged from her husband from whom she’s parted ways and started another relationship with Harry Kreiser III. Moreover, she’s “proud” to be married to Delmar Burkholder, whom she still loves, and whom she says is a “good” “honourable” man. They split because they’re on different paths in life.