The TLC show, Sister Wives, is once again creating a stir when Kody Brown’s first wife, Meri, announced that she lost her job after the show aired.
Meri was fired from the mental health field where she worked after the show, Sister Wives, aired. She said that her employer was aware of her polygamist lifestyle before the show, but after it became public she was let go. We don’t know whether it was done legally or not, but it is understandable that they don’t want to continue to employ a criminal.
The Brown family, Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn are currently being investigated by authorities in Utah for felony bigamy because the polygamist lifestyle is illegal in all 50 states. Even if the multiple marriages are not real, it is still illegal to live as if you are married to someone if you are already married to someone else.
The TLC show has attempted to glamorize polygamy and make it look desirable, but as viewers have seen it leaves a lot to be desired. Each wife only gets her husband for one week out of the month and the kids don’t see him very much at all considering he has 16 of them.
In addition to Meri losing her job, Kody Brown, the husband of the four wives has said that he has also suffered financially because of the show. He is in advertising and he has lost accounts because his lifestyle was exposed. The Brown family felt that it was necessary to do the show to let everyone know about their lifestyle.
The family does seem to support themselves and not depend on social welfare programs. They live in a large house that is divided into four apartments. Kody Brown rents an additional home nearby for Robyn and her three kids.
Robyn Sullivan, Kody Brown’s 4th wife, and a recent addition to the family was previously married and has three children with her ex-husband, David Preston Jessop. Jessop is not happy that his children’s private lives are being exposed on television. Hopefully, he will take that up in family court.
The state of Utah is currently investigating the family for felony bigamy. There appears to be plenty of evidence with all of the footage that is shown of the family on television and the internet. The family could lose more than jobs and clients, Kody Brown could lose his freedom if prosecutors decide to press charges against the self admitted polygamist. Kody Brown could face up to five years in jail.