Biting the hand that feeds her Toddlers & Tiaras mother Susanna Barrett slams series for 'wrong' portrayal of child pageant stars
16:34 GMT, 15 June 2012
Toddlers & Tiaras was no doubt the catalyst for her and her daughter's newfound fame.
But Susanna Barrett from Rhode Island, one of its featured mothers, has criticised the TLC reality show for its 'completely wrong' portrayal of child beauty pageant stars such as her daughter Isabella, five.
She said on The View yesterday that she and her daughter will not be involved in the controversial series again because they were shown in such a bad light.
Speaking out: Toddlers & Tiaras' Susanna Barrett (right) has criticised the show that made her and her five-year-old daughter Isabella (left) famous for its alleged misrepresentation of child beauty pageants
The mother, who has been entering Isabella into U.S. beauty pageants for the past year, said that the show has brought 'nothing but negativity to Isabella'.
'Isabella does other things other than pageants,' she said. 'And any time we go to do something else, it's “oh you're from Toddlers & Tiaras, oh, oh.'
Barbara Walters, a host on The View, read out a response from TLC in regards to Mrs Barrett's allegations.
'You were only on one episode, it's not as if you were the star,' Ms Walters read from the network's statement. 'They said “why make a public announcement, why not just leave, they said. Isn't this a way of keeping your daughter in the spotlight'
Turn around: The mother said on The View (above) that Toddlers & Tiaras has brought negativity to their lives
The mother responded: 'Because the children are featured over and over, they have more footage of my daughter in upcoming episodes. I have taken the steps to make amends to everything that has happened to my family in the past year.'
She then repeated the exact same line she offered at the start of the interview: 'I've got to be honest with you, there's a lot of things that Toddlers has done that is completely wrong.'
The mother admitted that she is purposely disassociating herself and her daughter from the show 'in a public way'.
She said their involvement in the series, which tends to spark controversy on a weekly basis, was a 'whirlwind'.
'We got into pageants because of my older daughter Victoria,' she said on The View. 'She was teen-bullied and when we brought Isabella to a pageant, she liked it and we did it.'
Outspoken: The mother added that the reality show has more footage of her daughter that it plans on running
Living doll: Isabella, her daughter, told The View's hosts that she has 'fun' competing in child beauty pageants
Isabella sat next to her mother on the show yesterday and was asked whether or not she enjoys taking part in beauty pageants.
The youngster nodded her head in response before adding that she does not miss filming scenes for Toddlers & Tiaras.
'Yeh, I'm really busy,' she said. 'I went to MTV Movie Awards.'
She added: 'This is really fun.'
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, another of The View's hosts, read out a further statement from TLC over Mrs Barrett's allegations.
The network had said: 'We have a number of families who are featured in each episode of Toddlers & Tiaras.
Official response: The network behind Toddlers & Tiaras, TLC, released the above statement to The View
'Susanna and her daughter Isabella were featured in one episode of the 93 episodes that have been taped to-date,' it continued. 'There were no plans to do another taping with them, despite Susanna's repeated requests to be featured again.'
The mother failed to address the final line in TLC's statement.
During the episode that featured Mrs Barrett and her daughter, the mother fed her child packets of sugar in order to keep her energy levels high for her pageant performance.
She also said that she had spent $40,000 on Isabella's pageants.
The mother was shown telling the cameras that Isabella 'blew it' during the pageant that was featured on the show, comparing her performance to 'blowing the world series'.