TLC cancels Escaping the Prophet, Flora Jessop responds

Escaping the Prophet cancelled by TLC

TLC has apparently pulled the plug on its reality series Escaping the Prophet, which documents ex-FLDS member Flora Jessop’s efforts “to take down one of the most reportedly dangerous polygamist cults in America.” The show normally airs on Tuesday nights, but viewers tuning in last night were surprised to find no new episode. Show star Flora Jessop was also apparently blindsided by the cancellation, which she later angrily confirmed by sharing this since-deleted Facebook message:

Flora Jessop and Brandon Jeffs want to acknowledge the support and response received from our TV Series ESCAPING THE PROPHET. We could not have asked for a better response from you. However, we are extremely sad to report that ESCAPING THE PROPHET has been pulled off the viewing schedule after only 3 episodes due to “poor ratings” according to TLC.

The tremendous support and response received from the viewers tells us a very different story. We are very proud of Escaping The Prophet and the lives we have touched through the show. We believe that we have a show that touches the lives of so many people worldwide that have been voiceless for too long, we are hoping that Discovery finds another venue to air this important topic of Cults and the abuse they harbor.

If you would like to voice your support in keeping Escaping The Prophet on the air, please email:

In addition to the Facebook message, Flora has been on a bit of a Twitter tirade since last night expressing more anger over the cancellation:

The cancellation of Escaping the Prophet comes after the network seemingly had success with its Breaking Amish inspired Breaking the Faith reality series featuring young men and women attempting to leave the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That series premiered with over 1.3 million viewers in November. Sadly, I was unable to find numbers for Escaping the Prophet, which means it must have finished out of Nielsen’s Top 100 cable shows each Tuesday night.

You can keep up with Flora Jessop and Brandon Jeffs and their ongoing battle at these links:

Flora Jessop on Facebook:
Flora Jessop on Twitter: @florajessop
Flora’s Escaping the Prophet support page:
Brandon Jeffs on Facebook:
Brandon Jeffs on Twitter: @BrandonJeffs

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