Does TLC do background checks? It seems like the popular cable TV network has been slammed with multiple scandals involving their reality TV stars over the years — first, there was the scandal with Here Comes Honey Boo Boo alum Mama June’s alleged involvement with a child sex offender, then 2015’s back to back child molestation and cheating scandals involving former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar, then the 2016 arrest of The Willis Family star and patriarch Toby Willis on child rape charges. Now, with 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days star Angela Deem’s daughter Scottie’s recent arrest on child molestation and statutory rape charges, fans are wondering if the network has any sort of vetting process in place for its reality stars.
According to 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days star Paul Staehle, there is a very thorough background check and vetting process in place at the network, and he knows because he went through it himself.
“So then they ran my criminal background check, that came back with a lot of questions. So production and TLC both did a very thorough background check on me,” Paul, 35, revealed during an old Facebook Live video clip that recently resurfaced online. “They asked me a lot of questions in regards to it, they did their own investigation — I think it was like a week [that] they had to go through everything because it takes a little bit of time to actually pull up court documents and see exactly what happened, statements from people, what happened with situations. So TLC especially takes that very seriously.”
It seems like the network vets their stars, but Scottie, 34, is not a lead character on the show. She only appears as a supporting character on the show to her mom Angela, 52, who documented her journey from Georgia to Nigeria to meet her online boyfriend Michael, 30, for the first time in person. So it would make sense that TLC only gave Angela and Michael a thorough background check and not Scottie since she only appears in a few scenes during the season.