Duggar Family Statement: After TLC Cancelled ’19 Kids And Counting’ Duggars Address Fans
The Duggar family posted a statement on Facebook about the cancellation of their hit reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, and took the opportunity to thank their supporters. In the same statement, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar once more explained that God has healed and forgiven Josh Duggar after he molested several girls including his sisters.
The Duggar family issued a statement after TLC officially cancelled their record-shattering reality series, 19 Kids and Counting. 19 Kids and Counting was dumped about a month after documents leaked revealing that the Duggar family was involved in a very disturbing sex scandal.
About 12 years ago, when Josh Duggar was about 13 or 14 years of age, he molested multiple girls, including his young sisters, sometimes as they slept. Instead of contacting the authorities, the Duggar patriarch and matriarch opted to send their son to the Institute in Basic Life Principles, a sect-like facility where he took part in prayers and carpentry classes to be cured.
After attending the seminar, the young Duggar returned home, and the story was swept under the rug until 2006 when the family was invited to The Oprah Winfrey Show. An anonymous source emailed Harpo Studios and called the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline to reveal the secret that family was hiding.
Oprah cancelled the interview and authorities were not able to file any charges because the state’s three-year statute of limitations had run out. In 2008, the Duggar clan landed on TLC and stayed there for ten seasons until June of 2015 when the family secret leaked prompting the network to pull the episodes of the show off the air.
The family appeared on Fox News and tried to explain that the so-called therapy had worked, but the Internet lit up with thousands of tweets demanding the cancellation of the show. On July 16, 2015, TLC issued a statement explaining that the reality program was officially canceled. The Duggars made the following statement:
While a vast majority of people are wondering, why did it take TLC so long to dump the TV show? Others are calling them hypocrites for jumping on the Caitlyn Jenner/transgender train with their new show called All That Jazz, a program about 14-year-old Jazz Jennings, a famous advocate for trans teens.
What are your thoughts on the Duggar family’s statement?