Sister Wives is undoubtedly having some real growing pains as it heads towards nearly a decade of televised drama. And patriarch Kody Brown juggling finances and creating odd and sometimes inexplicable income streams and real estate deals to support his large brood and four wives this season is adding to some real stress for them all.
Now wife number two, Janelle Brown, mother of six and also a grandmother of two, denies TLC’s potboiler Sister Wives is scripted, and insists that we “forget the cameras are there”.
When watching the episode, especially the most recent one, the conversation from Janelle is always family first, and her concerns second. And die-hard fans know that this year has been especially rough on the grandmother whose latest grandchild has some birth defect issues that were not expected. She’s a rock for her daughter Madison.
One of the biggest scenes that prove Janelle correct about forgetting the cameras were there was the post-lawyer meeting with the four wives. The animosity between Meri and Kody was so strong you cannot fake it.
What do we know about Janelle?
She is a striver! So much so that her website is called Strive with Janelle. Even though she has a real estate license, she also offers nutritional and weight counseling through her business. Janelle is a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has a side business of selling advice on how to stay on “nutritional track” and writes that it is a struggle during the holidays.
Kody Brown and wife number two Janelle have six children, daughters Madison and Savanah and sons Logan, Hunter, Garrison, and Gabriel. She has two grandchildren, Axel and Evangalynn, from Madison.
Janelle was visibly unhappy with Kody’s big move out of Las Vegas to Flagstaff. Yet despite this she is agreeable to do whatever it takes to keep the family together.
We often forget the cameras are there. We have never scripted our show and occasionally things happen that get out of control fast. This was one of those times. #SisterWives
— Janelle Brown (@JanelleBrown117) March 2, 2020
Fans like Janelle Brown a lot
As fans pile on Meri for talking out of both sides of her mouth and playing the victim ad nauseum, and for Robyn crying every other minute and Christine being a bit prickly, Janelle presents as the least manipulative, kindest and level-headed of all the wives.
Janelle has the fewest incidents of snarky or snippy behavior. Her Twitter feed reflects this fact, and here is one of many saluting her calmer and kinder nature:
— Eric (@EthanJaceJacob) March 2, 2020
Sister Wives airs Sundays at 10/9c on TLC.