TLC might have once been known as The Learning Channel, but today there’s one show that really defines the network: 90 Day Fiancé. This TV show originally began as an educational drama that highlighted the challenges of those who’d met their partners outside of the U.S. and planned to marry them in America thanks to the K-1 visa process. Today, 90 Day Fiancé is best known for its unbelievable drama and endearing (although sometimes shocking) couples.
In the years since 90 Day Fiancé premiered, the show has become a huge hit. It attracts tons of viewers week after week, and it’s been expanded into multiple spinoffs like 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? and 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days. Even celebrities are getting in on the 90 Day craze — Chrissy Teigen recently became a big fan, tweeting her reactions to the show regularly.
Unfortunately, something else about the 90 Day Fiancé franchise also caught the attention of fans. The drama started to become so unbelievable it was hard for viewers to buy what was happening on screen. And in recent months, it’s become clear that TLC producers may have actually faked an awful lot of the show’s most dramatic moments.
Here are some famous 90 Day Fiancé scenes that are totally faked and producer-driven.
David Toborowsky’s Friends Asking His Fiancee Annie for a Massage
One of the most shocking scenes in all of 90 Day Fiancé history happened during season 5. David Toborowsky and Annie Susan were planning on moving in with friends Nikki Cooper and Chris Thieneman once returning to America. And while Nikki and Chris were certainly doing David and Annie a huge favor, things took an… inappropriate turn.
As the couples discussed what living together would be like, Chris asked Annie if she’d be willing to give him Thai massages as a weird, totally awful “payment” for letting David and Annie live in his home. Viewers were absolutely appalled.
However, it was all fake. Nikki and Chris took to Facebook, where they revealed that the entire scene was set up by producers. Chris was apparently fed that line about the massages, and they even shot multiple takes.
Hazel and Tarik’s Engagement
On the second season of the 90 Day Fiancé spinoff Before the 90 Days, viewers got to meet Tarik, a U.S. citizen, and Hazel, who lived in the Philippines. The couple was more than a bit awkward — when the two met in person, it almost seemed like they actually didn’t like one another. Tarik and Hazel barely interacted with one another, and they seemed to stick within their own personal space. Hazel even admitted that she was in the relationship for money!
It turns out that while the two may have really been in a long-distance relationship, their beach engagement was nothing but a made-for-TV moment. Tarik posted on Instagram that their portrayal on the show was all fake, and fans started wondering whether he and Hazel actually got engaged.
The rumors became truth when news broke that Tarik had never actually started the K-1 visa application process. It was clear he had no real intentions of bringing her to America and getting married, making the engagement fake.