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Polygamous Family: TV Show is Worth the Risk

9/28/2010 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The polygamous family featured on the TLC reality show "Sister Wives" is speaking out after learning they've become the target of a felony bigamy investigation in Utah ... claiming the show is a "risk worth taking."

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TMZ just received a statement from the Brown family -- saying, "We are disappointed in the announcement of an investigation, but when we decided to do this show, we knew there would be risks."

The family continues, "But for the sake of our family, and most importantly, our kids, we felt it was a risk worth taking."

Yesterday, the Lehi Police Department in Utah announced that the family is being investigated for felony bigamy ... and plans to turn over all evidence to the Utah County Attorney's Office for review and possible prosecution.

The show features a 42-year-old man named Kody Brown -- who has 3 wives, a prospective 4th wife and 13 children.


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kali    

It was a pretty big risk for an hour of tv time.

1399 days ago
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tiffany     

Just what we need to make our society even more screwed up than it already is!

1399 days ago
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crabbygirl81    

this might be the most interesting reality tv show yet lmao

1399 days ago
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joselyn    

i think what they're saying is the risk was worth the money they're making doing the show.

1399 days ago
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Prancy    

At least they have 4 parents for the 13 children, not like the Duggar family who force the older children to be parents.

1399 days ago
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Jim    

If gay marriage is legal, so is this.

1399 days ago
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Carl    

I don't really care if they are polygamous or not. But if they use the same tricks as the FLDS to defraud the government by having all but the first wife get welfare as a "single mother without a job" then I hope justice gets served.

1399 days ago
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awards    

Sharia Law says this is OK! What is your problem?

1399 days ago
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Jim Beam    

Well duh! Even before the first show aired, I told my wife this was a bad idea for two BIG reasons. (1) the show would reveal their location and no authorities are just going to sit by and let them do this and (2) you don't have a TV show unless you have conflict among the wives - that's the whole point of the show! So, if you have a good thing going and everyone gets along, why in the heck would you ruin it??? Of course, the answer to this is money which makes an argument of "my religion says polygamy is OK" go out the window.

1399 days ago
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whatever    

What the heck happened to TLC? They use to show interesting shows and do***entaries, now it is all dysfunctional families. Prior to their show, I saw ol'man Duggar talking about his sons going to college and his wife teaching his daughters how to be housewives. Boycott trash BOYCOTT TLC. (Sadly this is the crapola America is watching, no wonder everyone in the country wants a handout).

1399 days ago
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Puhleeze    

Call Me crazy but as long as their consenting Adults I have no issue with it .Having said that ,I think if 1 does have multiple spouses they should have to support them fully without government help ie food stamps ,medi-cal ,etc. If they can I see no real issue .Just saying ...but kudos to the authorities for investigating it ,them .

1399 days ago
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Get real    

#6 Jim "If gay marriage is legal, so is this." I was wondering when something like this would come up. So, if gay marriage becomes legal in this nation, what else has to become legal? Bigamy? How about being able to marry at any age? How about marriage out of species? Once you open "Pandora's Box" you set a whole group of possibilities!

1399 days ago
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Emellbee    

Well how is it illegal if he's only legally married to the first wife?

1399 days ago
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Janine    

judging by this picture, I think he has 6 1/2 wives

1399 days ago
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lucy    

"for the sake of our family, and most importantly, our kids, we felt it was a risk worth taking."

So glad you feel that way because they deserve better. The show was sickening to watch, I tried and only felt pity for your kids. It is total chaos there. You took from them their shot at a happy childhood and a normal life to satisfy your own selfish agenda - all of the adults in this "family" should be ashamed.

1399 days ago
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