19 Kids And Counting CANCELED By TLC Over Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal
“19 Kids and Counting” is officially canceled. TLC announced the end of the series on Thursday, more than a month after the Duggar family became embroiled in a molestation scandal. See the full statement below.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Josh Duggar apologized in early June for molesting five underage girls when he was a teen. The victims were later revealed to be four sisters, including Jessa and Jill Duggar, and a babysitter. The incidents took place more than 10 years ago, but were exposed through legal documents that became public.
But after Duggar’s apology, TLC pulled “19 Kids and Counting” from the schedule, and has spent the weeks since then deciding the series’ fate. The show was one of the network’s most popular, following the devoutly Christian and unusually large family through everyday life. Many, however, were calling for its cancellation.
After 10 seasons, TLC now says “19 Kids and Counting “will no longer appear on the air.” The network is also partnering with two organizations, RAINN and Darkness To Light, to raise awareness about child abuse. A documentary special on the topic is slated to air in August, and it will actually include Jessa and Jill.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s entire family stuck together throughout the scandal, defending their oldest child’s actions in a controversial interview with Megyn Kelly. Duggar is currently awaiting the birth of his fourth child, with wife Anna now past her due date. TELL US: What do you think of the “19 Kids and Counting” cancellation?
TLC FULL STATEMENT ON CANCELING “19 KIDS AND COUNTING”
“After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with ’19 Kids and Counting.’ The show will no longer appear on the air.
The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection. Over these past weeks, TLC has consulted regularly with leading victims’ rights and advocacy organizations in the U.S., including RAINN and Darkness to Light, to discuss how to use this moment to address the issue and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated issue; it affects many children and families around the world. To that end, we are partnering with both organizations on a multi-platform campaign to raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue. In the first phase of this initiative, TLC will work closely with both groups and with the Duggar family on a one-hour documentary that will include Jill and Jessa and other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse.
TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help. The documentary will be commercial-free, and we anticipate it will air later this summer.”