TLC’s Next Move in The “19 Kids and Counting” Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal – Will The Network Cancel The Show?

Posted on May 24 2015 - 11:41am by Nancy

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On Friday, TLC announced that it would stop airing rerun episodes of it’s hit reality series “19 Kids and Counting,” in light of Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal. According to a new report “19 Kids and Counting” may survive the molestation scandal, but Josh and his family might get the ax.

READ: Josh Duggar’s Wife Speaks Out! Ann Duggar Confirms She Was Fully Aware of Josh’s Molestation Past

The network made the announcement on its Facebook page Friday afternoon, telling viewers, “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”

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Josh Duggar, 27, has been accused of molesting five underage girls in incidents that occurred in 2002. The police records indicate Josh’s dad, Jim Bob Duggar, was aware of the incidents but waited more than a year before contacting authorities.

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Connected industry sources tell TMZ, the network is weighing its options, a) cancel the show outright or b) continue on without Josh and Ann Duggar. Supposedly, TLC feels cutting Josh and Ann wouldn’t be a stretch since the couple moved their family from Arkansas to Washington, DC when Josh took a job with a conservative Christian lobbying group. Josh, who is expecting his fourth child with wife Anna, resigned Thursday from his position with the Family Research Council so the possibility of him moving back to Arkansas is likely. On the flip side, TLC knows the show has a loyal fundamentalist base and since the scandal broke support has not wavered so the odds of canceling outright doesn’t look probable.

READ: Breaking News: TLC Yanks ’19 Kids and Counting’ In Wake of Josh Duggar Molesting Underage Girls

A source claims, TLC is strongly pushing towards cutting Josh. “We’re told TLC has done research and it shows the daughters have become the driving force. The weddings of Jill and Jessa were ratings successes, as was the birth of Jill’s baby.”

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The main concern for the network are big advertisers pulling out and the ball has already started rolling with General Mills being the first to sever ties from the show.  

 

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Nancy loves to multi-task as a writer, she’s an actress and online radio host. She received a B.S. in Mass Communications from LSU. She’s married and the proud mom of 2 German Shepherds.

  • Norrth

    W/O Josh, there are still the daughters who were his victims. Does TLC really think that seeing them smiling as if nothing happened would work?

    • Baylee Case

      That’s right. They now have to live with the knowledge that the whole world knows, and will be watching the entire family closely. But those girls are now labelled as victims. Hopefully, just hopefully, they’ll see themselves as survivors. But they’ll never forget. TLC should ax that show for the sake of those girls.

      • WestCoastFeed

        That’s just it. There is talk of just dropping Josh and continuing the show without him. Then the viewing audience will be centering their attention on those girls who were the victims with viewers carefully watching to see how they are behaving.

  • WestCoastFeed

    If they felt compelled to yank Honey BooBoo, won’t they have to yank this one, too? I never watched either show. so only know about them from hearsay and from once seeing Jimbob and Michelle on Say Yes to the Dress. BTW, he was an odious tyrant.

    • With Honey Boo Boo TLC was underhanded. The ratings sucked and it’s was their plan all along to cancel, the child molester scandal gave them an out.

    • Jennymckitty

      Possible because Momma June was dating the man who molested her daughter while they were currently filming and this happened in the past? I have no idea how networks justify anything. Lena Dunham is still on Girls on HBO after writing about molesting her young sister in her autobiography. Guess they don’t have sponsors to answer to. I imagine if the ratings are good and they don’t lose too many sponsors, TLC will find a way to justify leaving this on the air.

    • itsjustme

      I said the same thing. What June did was disgusting, yes. BUT, she didn’t keep a molester in her home and have the offenses go unreported for a year and have it all swept under the rug. The Duggars are a vile, disgusting family who should NOT be able to call themselves “Christians”. If TLC doesn’t cancel then outright, I for one will be contacting all their sponsors and start boycotting any and all products that are advertised on TLC. I know I’m only one person, but at the very least it will make me feel as though I’m be proactive with my feelings about this family and TLC.

      • Baylee Case

        June knew about the molestation. Her daughter told her when it happened…. And she swept it under the rug so the molestation continued!
        They’re all the same.

        • itsjustme

          AND SO DID JIM BOB and MICHELLE! THEY KNEW FOR A YEAR BEFORE EVEN GOING TO THIER “COP FRIEND”.

  • WestCoastFeed

    The man has no earlobes. Must be the indication of something sinister. Do we have any face readers here?

    • Nancy Krystofik

      Responded to Kay with my take on his ear-lobes above your comment, crazy phone..

  • Kay

    Duggars don’t watch tv, yet they have a reality tv show.. when they were asked about it they explained that the reason for the show is their wish to sat example.. so much for that now…
    Like I never understood their sheltered inclosed way of bringing up kids where they are not allowed to go to regular school, have friends that are not pre approved by their parents, have dates where there is no stupid supervisor present.. what’s the point?
    do you really believe that your kids are unable to make the right choices unless they are watched 24/7? What’s the value of the good behavior if it’s only good because of the staged controlled environment?

    Christianity is all about freedom and ability of a human to do the right thing against all odds, it’s not supposed to be a sect or a home imprisonment. I guess, Josh is the direct results of this upbringing. If he had more real freedom he might have never done what he did.

    • Nancy Krystofik

      Interesting you brought that to attention. I remember another case involving this red-headed kid that not only sexually abused the child he babysat for, he also killed her. I don’t think it was his sister, but it was someone close. Not long ago, 20/20 did a story on him grown up now around Josh’s age, and his team is trying to get him released from prison, it was a no-go, and he has the same shaped head and ear lobes as Josh Duggar,. I see it…

      • WestCoastFeed

        Interesting.

      • Nancy Krystofik

        For me it gets worse, my son was barely 5 years old when a similar Loooking red headed kid hit my son in the head with a bat, I noticed the terrible scar on his eye this past weekend at his college graduation, the neighbor of my parents, my son is a Navy man, he doesn’t even question me, awful story, thank you for your support..

  • Fritz the. At

    Just confirmed that his dirtbag father waited a year to report it, after the statute of limitations passed. 5 little girls…. Continued for months after dirtbag found out. Man, these people are monsters.

    • dj j

      I think it is highly suspect that he reported it only to a policeman and knew the policeman wouldn’t report him, even though that is mandatory for his job title. The story has just started downhill, we haven’t heard the worst from the family.

      • IzzyIdol

        That policeman is serving 50 years for sexual abuse. Might be child pornography but I am going on memory here.

        And the place that they sent Josh to for treatment had their leader resign because of sex abuse. Gothard.

        And Hobby Lobby funded the sex abusing ‘therapist’ Gothard they sent Josh too. What does Hobby Lobby do? Stick their noses in people’s sex lives.

        Starting to look like a big Protestant ‘sex/pedophile ring. Mormons did it. Catholics did it. Looks like Fundy Christians are no better.

  • Kay

    And that episode where JimBob slaps Michelle on her behind (or does smth of that sort) and tells his two daughters and their dates that they can’t do it yet… Really? So gross..

  • WestCoastFeed

    Where’s that poster who called it “adolescent high-jinks?” Probably she has crawled into a hole.

    • Peace

      Hole needs to be bigger lol

  • Dave

    The gravy train has gone off the rails. Get real jobs losers.

  • Chloe

    Why did it take the Jim Bob a year before he reported the incident? The need to investigate the crazy grandmother who’s always doing laundry with that flat grin.

  • Yolie

    I’ve spent a good part of my day speaking to family and friends about this unfortunate situation the Duggar family is facing. I’m reassured and comforted in knowing that the Duggars have a lot of people supporting them through this crisis. There are many true Christians out there who are educated to all the facts of the case and are steadfastly standing by the family. Many have rushed to judgement based on internet rumor and lies to vilify this family, even so-called Christians have remained quiet in fear of judgement from bitter feminist and the LGBT community. Know this, the Duggars are not going down without a fight. They have a lot of supporters behind them.

    • WestCoastFeed

      I just hope more companies follow General Mills lead and withdraw their sponsorship from this show. This behavior was beyond reprehensible and will not be forgotten.

      • Yolie

        The show has a huge Christian audience, they’ll probably release Josh and carry on. I would hate to see the entire show get canceled over this.

        • WestCoastFeed

          How can any Christian parent of a daughter forgot what they have learned about Josh and his family and continue to watch this show? Sorry, but I think this show is toast.

          • Yolie

            Many Christians are smart enough to discern the railroad taking place.

          • IzzyIdol

            I am a Christian. I am a survivor of child sexual abuse. The first thing an incest family does upon learning of sexual abuse is cover up. Thanks for showing me that Christians are just one big incest family.

          • Yolie

            You’re a Christian yet your avi contains a deity?

          • Baylee Case

            Clutching at straws much??

          • IzzyIdol

            Why do you care?

          • Baylee Case

            So true. I’m also a survivor of incestuous abuse. I have, fifty years later, denounced my family. My brother was 14 and I was 11. I was the liar! I have no closure.
            It wasn’t till my mother died in 96 I learned of the stories she’d told to deflect the situation off my brother. Someone knew the truth. CPS interviewed my mother, she’s such a sweet person NOT!! Same as the Duggars!

          • IzzyIdol

            I have a shit Mother too. Narcissistic and abusive.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Have you read the entire police report?

          • Yolie

            I will admit, I have not read the entire report just a large portion of it.

          • Peace

            Railroad?? I also don’t understand that term.

          • Yolie

            The media has an agenda and is railroading this family. The media is hell-bent on destroying the Duggars; beat them into submission of their evil ways.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Yes, the media made him do it. And the LGBT community egged him on. It’s all their fault.

          • Baylee Case

            LOL

          • Peace

            Hi Yolie, I’ m honestly trying to understand your views. I’m not trying to be mean. You don’t believe that they have to accept responsibility for their own actions? And this is a media fault?
            Frankly…I’m not sure that I understand being beat into submission. That’s truly not a word that I have ever used. I’d really like to know how you define a bitter feminist. If you get a minute can u let me know? Thanks and hopes you have a nice memorial day

          • Yolie

            Thank you for responding calmly and in a reasonable manner. I can’t deal with the angry posters who have no respect for my beliefs. It seems only their opinions matter and any deviation from that is fatuous. The Duggar family is being railroaded by the LGBT community and angry feminist, who are using the media as their weapon. Media like the Huffington Post is leading the charge. This is not new, it’s being going on for some time and they’re capitalizing off of Josh’s scandal to promote their agenda. Liberal extremists have launched a full-scale attack on the Duggars, demanding TLC cancel the show because the Duggars openly oppose homosexuality. These angry people want to penalize America’s beloved family because they support the truth about family, which they have always expressed in a loving, compassionate fashion.

          • Peace

            Hi Yoli and thanks to you for such a peaceful exchange of views. I am still wondering what a bitter feminist might be?? Hopes you have a minute to discuss that 🙂 Does this have to do with being submissive to men ? And being in a servitude position?
            I’m also not seeing anything from media that wants the show cancelled due to opposition from gays. Everyone wants the show canceled because of multiple times of child sexual abuse occuring in the home. And thinking the family needs counseling rather than a reality show on tv.
            Thanks for our peaceful chats 🙂 wishing you a nice Memorial day

          • Ooooh those liberals. They are so powerful.

          • Baylee Case

            AND? YOUR POINT IS????

          • Baylee Case

            I think she means the story has been derailed. WTH? If I’m wrong then her terminology is definitely in question. Lol.
            Like all the other Duggar lovers she’s practicing DEFLECTION!!

    • dj j

      i didn’t go by any RUMOR or LIE. I went straight to the FACTS and read the police report. To hear these victims putting pants on under their dresses, and waking up to see him over them and their pants down is HEARTBREAKING. To keep that RAPIST in the home for over a year, and have the daughters REPEATEDLY telling the parents he wasn’t stopping, they sent him away for 3 months..but then he was let back in the home, with no treatment.

      • Yolie

        I think the whole situation is sad and I am not condoning what happened. However, rape would involve penetration and the police report does not state any penetration took place. I also read all the girls had their clothes on when the touching occurred.

        • IzzyIdol

          Rape apologists are the scum of the universe.

        • Baylee Case

          It makes NO FREAKIN DIFFERENCE if they were wearing armor. Jeez! Don’t you get it??????? They were violated, along with their trust in men.
          He goes off to ‘Summer Camp’ and comes back ‘healed’? Not a cats chance in hell. You ppl make me sick.

    • Goo Goo G’Joob

      Actually, after bouncing all around the internet since the news broke concerning Josh’s molestation of these girls, I’ve done a good bit of reading, not only the articles but the comments left by other readers. I’m not seeing the vitriol from the bitter feminists or the LGBT community. I am seeing hate and vitriol from those who declare Josh and Jim Bob to be near saints. Perhaps someone can give me directions on where I should go to see prime examples of feminists and gay community bashing the poor, poor Duggars.

    • IzzyIdol

      What about the victims?

    • Peace

      Bitter feminist?? Would you like to explain that term, please.

      • Yolie

        Feminist are very angry women who are usually divorced or manless. Feminist want to be the man in the relationship and we all know two men in a relationship never works out.

        • WestCoastFeed

          Utter nonsense. Is this the gospel according to Quiverfull? And TLC has been giving them a forum for spewing this garbage?

          • Yolie

            Let me take a wild guest, you’re a feminist?

          • Goo Goo G’Joob

            Let me take a wild guess….anyone who disagrees with your view on the Duggars and their beloved Quiverfull movement has to be a feminist or gay, correct?

          • WestCoastFeed

            I believe in equal pay equal work. Does that make me a feminist?

          • KJ

            Shame on you!
            Until you walk a day in the shoes of someone whom it has happened to, kiss our a@@es Bc you’ll never understand what it does to the survivors!
            Yes we are SURVIVORS!!
            Has NOTHING to do with being a feminist’

        • Peace

          Sorry Jolie….I missed this reply. Hmmmm Are you saying that women are only happy under a man’s thump and his rules? And only a man’s opinion matters? I don’t think it’s common for women to wish to be the male now days. My definition of a marriage is….joint partners. With equal opportunitys to to voice opinions. And discuss differnt viewpoints. If everyone in my life always agreed….I’d be bored to tears lol
          I think alot of gay marriages are working out well.
          really nice to post with you 🙂

        • KJ

          I’ve been married for 26 years & am a stay at home mom!
          I SO disagree with you! He needs major help & JB & Michelle should be ashamed of themselves if not in jail for not bringing it to the attention of the courts!

        • bali1228

          This has got to be a grade A troll…you almost had me fooled, we’ll done 😉

    • Baylee Case

      So, the victims don’t even get a mention??? Holy cow! This victims were still crying about their assault.
      My brother was 14 when he did the same to me as an 11 year old. I’m 61 this year and I’ve NEVER forgotten it. They never will either!!
      Shame on you, the Duggars and TLC. Jim Bob and his wife are as guilty for hiding this. They live a lie.
      I sure hope those girls get ongoing counseling because it will ruin their lives.

      • Yolie

        You don’t know if the victims are still crying about their alleged assaults. I find that hard to believe since the victims are begging police to destroy the records.

        • bali1228

          Oh dear God, give your head a shake. Then go get your bible, open it to John look real close….and then slam the covers shut on your head. maybe that will knock some sense into you….

    • She Codes

      Duggar logic: Boy puts on a dress and lipstick= ABOMINATION. Boy
      incestuously diddles his four younger sisters and sexually abuses a
      family friend=Just a youthful mistake.

  • Sophia Z.

    I vote for a sentence of cut off genitals and hard labor for two lifetimes for this creature.

  • yay

    it is Anna duggar you moron