#SisterWives Crisis: TLC Forced To Edit Season To Include Divorce After Fan Backlash

Posted on Feb 15 2015 - 4:57pm by BeachSpin

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The ​TLC show, Sister Wives has been in the headlines in recent weeks. There has been a shift in the hierarchy in the Brown house, with original wife Meri stepping down, and fourth wife, Robyn taking over the #1 wife spot, namely the only wife that counts in the eyes of the courts. Kody and Meri Brown legally divorced last September, and Kody and Robyn legally wed in December.  

All About the Tea, blasted the story a couple of weeks ago, and it wasn’t long before viewers were demanding answers. While the polygamy bunch was quiet at first, their Twitter accounts began to respond, hinting that much would be exposed in the coming weeks. TLC is playing this out as if exposure of the power shift had been filmed ages ago, and just hadn’t hit our TV screens yet. However a look back at the Twitter timelines of Kody and Meri indicate nothing about the wife shuffle, until February 8th, when the divorced pair hinted at TLC’s efforts to deal with what appears to be a problematic PR snafu.

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Discarded wife, Meri has tweeted numerous cryptic messages over the past few months, which have since become transparently clear, with the exposure of the Brown family shakeup.

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Later in January, just before the widespread news broke about the wife swap, Meri still appeared to be emotionally struggling when she tweeted the following message:

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Meri has apparently had an abrupt change of heart since the story broke, as evidenced by her markedly more upbeat recent tweets.

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Wait….haven’t we been watching “the real story” all along? I guess not. GONE are the expressions of betrayal and personal sadness, only to be replaced by plugs to watch upcoming episodes.

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So what kind of editing whammy is in play here? Has viewer outrage caused a directional shift in how the current season of Sister Wives proceeds? An exclusive inside source reached out to All About the Tea during the brouhaha, claiming that the switcheroo was triggered simply by Robyn throwing a hissy fit, and basically demanding that Kody shift all allegiance to her…including the one on paper.

READ: [EXCLUSIVE] #SisterWives Scandal: The Real Tea Behind Kody Divorcing Meri & Marrying Robyn

The divorce was finalized last September, so if the Browns wanted the “real story” out there, why didn’t they disclose it via public statement? To believe that the news would stay under wraps until mid season for ratings, seems far fetched, which leads me to believe that a PR scramble is underway. This family prides itself on public honesty and vulnerability in order to encourage understanding and acceptance of their polygamous lifestyle. This covert move blows that supposed motive out of the cul de sac. How do you think that TLC will spin this harem mix up? Kody tweeted on February 8th, “What other people think of me is none of my business. I wish I had the willpower to ignore the opinions of others.”

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Opinions of others determine the future of this series. Do you think that this undercover legal whammy will make a difference?

 

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  • Dani-K

    We know that a lot of drama on reality Tv is manufactured but this coverup makes me distrust not only TLC but the Brown family too. I hope they tell us why but I wont hold my breath.

    • Nancy Krystofik

      So Meri can attend college for free, maybe this would also reduce tuition for Meri’s daughter. Now they can play around with bankruptcy in a new format. I think it’s some kind of financial solution to benefit all of them.

      • David Hunter

        bleeding the beast …tax payers money to care for king kodys sex drive …

        • chacha1

          spot on !!!!

      • Jennymckitty

        Nancy, I agree. There is probably financial motives behind this. But I don’t understand why Robin would be the best choice. Doesn’t she get child support from her ex? Probably SSI for her son with autism? I guarantee you that Janelle isn’t going to get her finances tangled up with Kody. She is the only one who can make it on her own.

        • Nancy Krystofik

          Well, keeping the incomes in check for food stamps, single mother status tax returns, medical insurance, etc. etc., those 2 with 6 children each must reep the benefits. College tuition could be a reason. It must benefit them all somehow, hope the reasons come out!

      • Real HouseGuest

        Did You see how ANGRY ROBBIN was when MERI decided to do something for herself instead of work as a SLAVE TO ROBBIN???? HOW DARE MERI Think about herself for ONCE> Geez

    • Real HouseGuest

      When Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin divorced on TLC they were open and honest with what happened. It was clear to viewers Kate was a control freak and Jon was a passive aggressive cheater. No secret here.
      SO, now we has to accept these Polyliars tell viewers a story for the sake of protecting their manipulating ways? What TLC? No more “sisterwives” its not fair to all the other shows, Little Couple, !8 and counting, Kate plus 8, etc…who put their “REAL” lives on TV for better or for worse…and let viewers decide….
      Kody and friends, are a bunch of phonies and liars who don’t respect viewers’ intelligence.

  • Birdie

    The story they are selling is SUCH BS. Meri instigates the divorce…SURE. Two more weeks to wait, lots of editing time for TLC. Give me a break.

  • Babyruth3944

    So far we are still in the dark, and we are half way through the second hour.i don’t buy for a minute Meri thought about the divorce. Sobbin Robyn making demands that Kody choose, or Robyn moves out,sounds more inline with Robyns demanding character,and more like the truth.

    • Birdie

      PLEASE…SUCH BS. Kody and Robyn faking shock…”are you sure??” TLC takes the viewers as fools. UGH!! How is what was shown tonight the “real story”??

      • chacha1

        Kody’s mother has been quoted as saying “my son has sworn me to secrecy on the real reason for the divorce”

        • Birdie

          They need to tell the truth…fat chance.

      • xyzlady11

        Not just TLC Bravo, We the whole reality TV is a joke there is nothing real except they are all making money from us watching.

  • chacha1

    Those filthy perverts will not be on for 2 weeks due to the academy awards next Sunday and the anthropologists were nothing but a big hoax on us …. did they really think we were going to believe anything they say about the Browns where they were all acting out like Leave It to Beaver, even scolding the 2 boys who were fighting …. Kody said himself he is never around for the kids.

  • chacha1

    Christine has really shown her ass, what a nasty bitch she is with all this underlying anger and was trying to play mind games with the visiting anthropologists …. Antoinette was so impressed how happy they all are and thinks pigamists is a wonderful lifestyle … did she not notice how angry ALL the children are except Robyns kids …. and what more does Truely have to do to convince Antoinette and Richard that she hates her father … there is a reason for that

    • Birdie

      Those self righteous students were in TLC’s pocket…you can bet that some rapid fire editing was going on.

      • chacha1

        ITA … Hi Birdie 🙂

        • Birdie

          Hey Chacha! 😀

    • Jennymckitty

      I feel for Christine & if anyone leaves, my money is on her as first out the door. Meri played part wife/part mother to Kody. Janelle is someone he can sensibly talk to…like a best friend. Christine was the romantic girlfriend and the one replaced by Robin. She & Janelle have changed the most. Christine is more miserable every episode & Janelle has blossomed. Meri has always seemed incapable of happiness but I think she has a bond with Robin.

      • Birdie

        Wow..your point about Christine being the romantic one is interesting, and I’ll bet you’re right. Janelle strikes me as someone who has her ducks in a row if she chooses to bolt, and that gives her enough peace to stay there until something blows. Meri mothers Robyn too…she’s like a grandma to Sol. LOL

        • Jennymckitty

          Janelle just strikes me as someone driven by logic & intellect rather than emotion. Regardless of how she married, I doubt she would want romance over stability. She seems to enjoy working & being productive. I really like her. I also think that Christine isn’t cut out for pleural marriage. She wants to a stay at home mom & have a romantic relationship with her husband.

          • chacha1

            Yet Janelle was furious and angry when Kody took Robyn on an 11 day honeymoon, she was so mad she did not answer Kodys calls for 3 days and admitted she was jealous ….. YouTube may have The Honeymoon Special, watch it, they are all crying and miserable that Kody was with Robyn for more days than they got when they ‘married’ that hosebag

  • chacha1

    wonder what lies they will try to convince us with ….. they had plenty of time to make something up

  • chacha1

    the anthropologists were in the room when Kody and his mistresses spoke with Maddie about becoming a mormon and Maddie called Kody out on his lie when she said “you thought I joined the mormons for a boy” and Kody said NO and Maddie said “yes you did” why didn’t the anthros pick up on that lie and tell the truth about their study ….. these Brown hosebags are a bunch of miserable liars with miserable hateful angry children

    • Sherry Scrutchin Ledet

      I too wondered why there was no conclusion to the segment with the anthropologists.

  • chacha1

    I was shocked to see how big Mariah has gotten ….. kind of looks like Shrek ….

  • Jennymckitty

    I kinda think they were going to use this as a storyline all along. However, I don’t think we are going to hear the real reason for the divorce. I don’t think it involves anything romantic. I think it is strictly business and probably pretty shady.

  • Sherry Scrutchin Ledet

    This really blows away the theme at the beginning of the show about this happy family of multiple wives. They will have to change the intro if the show is to continue. I feel foolish to have bought into it so that they could have more seasons and make a lot of money.

    • Real HouseGuest

      I agree. I feel dooped by them. They have been dishonest with viewers.

  • Lisa Doucette

    if Kody doesnt care “what others think” then get off the air? I think people forget that when THEY decide to go on Tv and “air” all their stuff its THERE
    choose??

  • Susan Thorne Zavagli

    hardly watch the show…..Kody gives me the creeps …..where do they get all this money….

  • knsbbdoll

    The lie that TLC, Robyn and Kody gave for the divorce and his remarriage to Robyn was so that he could legally adopt her kids. That has already happened, and those kids are now blessed with the Brown name. So if that was the REAL reason, why doesn’t Kody divorce Robyn and remarry Meri, and be his REAL daughter’s legal father again?

    Geez!! Do they really think everybody is as stupid as they are??!!