19 Kids And Counting Loses More Advertisers Because Of Josh Duggar Sexual Assault Scandal
“19 Kids And Counting” is losing even more of its advertisers because of Josh Duggar’s sexual assault scandal. Shortly after news broke last week that Duggar had years ago been investigated by the police for assaulting underage girls, including some of his sisters, General Mills announced that it was pulling its advertising.
Now, Payless ShoeSource and Choice Hotels have followed suit and will no longer air its commercials during TLC’s “19 Kids And Counting.” In a statement, Payless said, “Our ads ran during this show as part of a larger buy with TLC. We are taking steps to have them removed from future episodes.” Choice Hotels mimicked the shoe chain’s comments, saying in its own statement that it similarly “decided to remove advertising from the show.”
Walgreens has reportedly said it was going to keep an eye on the situation, but has yet to decide whether the large chain would pull its advertisements. As Gossip Cop reported, Duggar issued an apology last week saying he was “extremely sorry.” He noted, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends.” What do you think about Payless and Choice Hotels pulling their ads from “19 Kids And Counting?”