Dr. Phil will host "Amish Mafia" star "Lebanon" Levi Stoltzfus next week on his talk show. The show is currently scheduled for May 13.
Later that day, Lebanon Levi took to the Twitterverse and responded to the tweet saying he would be on the May 13 edition of the show, though he stressed the date could change.
Todd Shill, who represents Lebanon Levi, said in an e-mail, "Contractually we cannot talk about the show, other than to say he is on, until after the show."
Shill confirmed the May 13 air date on Tuesday via email.
Lebanon Levi has caused controversy locally due to the questions of authenticity inherent in the "reality" show since its first began in December 2012. Lancaster business owners and even former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett denounced the show as offensive and misrepresentatie of the Amish culture in Pennsylvania. Nationally, Levi and his crew have captured the imaginations of viewers as they pushed the Discovery Channel to the summit of cable prime time ratings during their debut.
Now, Lebanon Levi penned his own book to captivate readers with "an insider's account of Amish life."
In an exclusive interview with The Daily News earlier this year, Stoltzfus said there are a lot of books, many written by college professors, claiming to detail Amish life, and he finds them not accurate. Born and raised Amish, Stoltzfus said his book portrays the Amish community as it really is.
"Amish Confidential" is currently #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List – Crime & Punishment.
Lebanon Levi is currently touring in promotion of his book:
On May 7 he will be at the Camp Hill Barnes & Noble, in the Camp Hill Shopping Center. According to Shill's Twitter , May 12 Levi will journey to Bucknell University in Lewisburg at the school's Barnes & Noble for 7:00 p.m. appearance; the Rowan University Barnes & Noble will host Levi on May 20 in Glassboro, New Jersey at 6:00 p.m., and Towne Book Center in Collegeville at 7:00 p.m. on May 26.
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