“19 Kids And Counting” Pulled From TLC and Hulu’s Websites Following Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal

Posted on May 28 2015 - 2:57pm by Avigail

Josh Duggar

“19 Kids and Counting” has been pulled from TLC and Hulu after reports surfaced that Josh Duggar had molested girls as a teenager.

“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,” TLC said in a statement.

TLC and Hulu has also removed 19 Kids and Counting from its website.

This is another blow to the Duggars as we reported yesterday, General Mills, one of the shows biggest supporters, pulled its advertising immediately after news broke. On Tuesday, Payless ShoeSource and Choice Hotels also ceased its advertising with the show as well. As of today, more than a dozen other advertisers have abandoned the show and the TLC network, including Sherwin Williams, CVS pharmacies and food giant ConAgra Foods. In total, 33 retailers have now withdrawn their sponsorship from “19 Kids and Counting.”

 

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  • Yolie

    He was 14, people. Get a grip!

    • Chloe

      Tell that to the victims that were sexually molested. “He was only 14 when he touched you, get a grip!”

      • Brattus Rattus

        I said it to her earlier, I bet she wouldn’t let him babysit her daughters or granddaughters.
        14 is old enough to know that stuff is wrong.

        • Chloe

          Hello NO. She does seem to be an apologist for Josh Duggar. Maybe she’s related to that screwed-up family.

          • cheryl

            Anyone touching you in your sleep in places that are sexual does damage. period. I can attest to that 50 years later. When you are a child and loosing the trust of not being protected by your parents is devastating.period

        • Yolie

          Would you want what you did at 14 brought up for the world to judge you? Cheated at school? Stole from the store?

          • Brattus Rattus

            You’re comparing stealing and cheating to molesting?
            The answer to that ridiculous question is YES. I did steal lip gloss at that age. I kissed a boy and I liked it. Never cheated though. I also never molested anyone. If you wait two years, I can tell you about the two guys that raped me when I was 16. I don’t give a fuck who knows about my past because I didn’t do anything wrong.

          • Yolie

            This is only being brought up now by liberals as another failed attempt to eradicate Christianity. Oprah dug up and published their past, something that had been already dealt with. I wonder if Oprah would appreciate somebody publishing something she did in the past.

          • Brattus Rattus

            She already told the world that she smoked crack and a ton of other shit.
            Oh, and the whole “liberal” thing… find a new line. LOL You can’t blame the liberals for what that piece of shit did to those little girls. BTW he’s REALLLLLY Christian, too. So you can take that out of your equation.

          • Yolie

            I don’t agree. The Liberals are leading the crusade to destroy this family.

          • Brattus Rattus

            LOL OK, we’ll agree to disagree.
            In my opinion it’s the child molester and his family that got all greedy and used their God as a platform to preach their bullshit to the world and their stones that they cast…. came back. Hard. I’m not religious. At all. But what’s the saying, God don’t like ugly? Well, this family don’t get much uglier. Using God to make money while covering up child molestation? Having the victims be on TV knowing that at any moment their story can be leaked?
            That’s what you religious types call God’s wrath, correct?

          • Goo Goo G’Joob

            The Liberals don’t have to do anything of the sort. Josh’s escapades of sexually molesting his sisters started the whole tragedy and when Jim Bob and Michelle covered up his transgressions instead of reporting him in order for him to get the necessary treatment, they are the ones who put their family on the road to disrepute, no one else.

          • Yolie

            Sexually molesting sounds like rape and that’s not what happened. None of the girls were sexually molested. Also, Jim Bob and Michelle never covered up the incident, they reported it right away.

          • Goo Goo G’Joob

            Unwanted fondling, touching, groping are sexual molestation. He admitted he touched his sisters’ bottoms, breasts and vaginas and their statements back that up. His parents did not report it right away. They waited at least 2 full years from the initial incident until Jim Bob took him to see the highway patrolman who is currently serving time for child pornography. I’m sorry that your heroes have skeletons in their closets which have tarnished their images, but the skeletons are theirs and they hid them as long as they could.

          • Fritz the. At

            You need to read the police report. Dirt bag papa dugger waited 3 years to report it. He also left those little girls like bait for the molester. I doubt Jesus has forgiven those pigs

          • jane

            Egads! WRONG on both your statements! First of all, Josh’s parents did not report anything to the proper authorities (the POLICE are the proper authorities given the seriousness of the situation, not a church elder or friend who happened to be a cop) until 2006 almost 4 years after the first incidents and it was only because the letter describing what had happened had been sent to the Arkansas Human Services Hotline.
            Second of all, from the Free Dictionary “molestation – (noun) the act of subjecting someone to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activity”. The legal definition of child sexual molestation from USLegalDotCom:” A person commits the offense of child molestation when he or she does any immoral or indecent act to or in the presence of or with any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person.”
            What Josh did that is in the Police Report undeniably falls under these legal definitions. I cannot believe you defend this behavior.

          • dj j

            RAPE is a crime. Many 14 year olds are sitting in adult prisons RIGHT NOW. This dude raped at least 5 girls (that we know of.).Not just once..many times over at least a year (that we know of). If you look at who wants child molesters in prison, I’d say that would be 99% of the population, it doesn’t matter if they are liberal or republican. And it is republicans who are for the death penalty..Guess what…Jim Bob himself, the same year 2002 when he was running for Senate, that said that incest and child molestation should be a capital crime…which means put them to death…

          • Yolie

            Fondling is not rape. Stop spreading lies and sensationalizing this case. He was 14 and figuring out sexual impulses. He touched the girls, no penetration or rape occurred.

          • WestCoastFeed

            It was FORCIBLE fondling, which was done for the purpose of sexual gratification. He was using the girls as sex aids. Without their consent.

          • jane

            According to Josh’s own father, Jim Bob, in 2002, told police Josh had admitted fondling the breasts and genitals of several victims and that it had occured four or five times (see Police Report). In July 2002 JimBob said that his son told him he had done it again. In March 2003 Michelle and JimBob report to the police (again, see Police Report) of two more incidents “. . .molested a victim while she was sitting in his lap. . .”, and put his hand up the dress of a vicitim in the laundry room. This is all from the police report that Josh’s own father helped to contribute to and it is very clear some of his victims were his own sisters. Any 14 year old that is figuring out his sexual impulses with his/her own siblings knows the difference between right and wrong. Because there was no sexual intercourse, Josh did not commit rape and he did not commit incest. BUT Josh, through his own admission, did touch the girls sexually inappropriately. That IS sexual molestation and that IS a very serious crime even at the age of 14/15.

          • Fritz the. At

            This isn’t about politics, this is about child molestation. If he was gay or Muslim or not of your religious views you would think differently.

          • jane

            Oprah is an open book and is very forthcoming about her past. If any “dirt” was ever dug up from her past she would own it openly as she has shown more than once.

          • Fritz the. At

            You are comparing moleststion with stealing stick candy? Really?

    • CNN

      Are you kidding me?!?!?!?! It doesn’t matter how old he was he knew it was wrong. You need to get a grip. I hope you never have this happen to someone in your family if you do it’s karma from you being so ignorant. Can not believe you would stick up for a child molestor. You must enjoy that kind of thing yourself.

    • RealitytvJunkie

      He knew right from wrong at 14, or are you suggesting that his mother and father were too busy making more babies to be bothered with teaching their children right from wrong?

    • Dave

      You’re a moron.

    • Kay

      I am a christian, but I don’t feel the need to defend him

    • Fritz the. At

      Check out how many 14 year olds are in prison for rape. Poor little darlings, they were just experimenting.

    • 14 is not that young. I’m pretty sure he knew what he was doing was wrong.

      • jane

        Exactly Sesseroo. That’s why he went to JimBob and told him. And each time after the first time, he went to his father again. He was very well aware of what he was doing

    • Becky

      He was 14 in 2002 when the first incident happened. When the majority of the offenses took place he was 15.

  • Brattus Rattus

    Good. It couldn’t have happened to “better” people.

  • Good job TLC. I have to wonder, I watch the show and see how the parents have all these rules about pre-marital touching – can only side-hug, can’t even hold hands until you’re engaged, can’t kiss at all until you are married. Maybe if they didn’t have these rules and taught the children proper sex education when they hit puberty, this could have been avoided? Maybe, just a thought.

    • Brattus Rattus

      Hey you! How’s tricks? I don’t watch the show but I read the comments this HORRIBLE family makes (I can’t stand them from that alone) and maybe they have those rules you’re speaking of because of the molestation???

      • Hey lady! How have you been? Who’s “tricks?”

        • Brattus Rattus

          Tricks = Things lol
          I’ve been sick as hell. I moved over the weekend and the cancer was all, “Hey bitch! Remember me?” I’ve been down and out for days.

          • Aw, Brattus honey….I’m so sorry you’re going through so much. I am keeping you in my prayers. ♥︎

          • Brattus Rattus

            Thank you! I’m just glad I get to work from home tomorrow. I feel “internet disruption” coming on. LOL hahahah Anyways, This whole 19 kids thing is just awful. who goes on a show (like Teresa et al) knowing they are dirty? This, IMO, is a billion times worse than T.G. The parents knew this could come out and have an impact on the victims and still allowed it? Greed is an ugly mo fo.

          • I bet you money, the Duggars disclosed this mess to TLC BEFORE the show ever aired. Networks like to take risk and imagine was hoping this would never be exposed.

            You hang in there sis. God don’t give us more than we can handle.

          • Brattus Rattus

            “God don’t give us more than we can handle.” <—The Duggar's are saying that right now. LOL
            I hope not (with TLC). Gives me the creeps. Like that Honey Boo Boo mom mess.
            Everything done in the dark comes to light. That's why I put all my shit right out there. Love me or hate me. This is not my problem after that.
            Thank you! Have a great weekend!

          • I love your fun spirit. God bless !♥︎

        • Fritz the. At

          Hi doc! What’s shaking?

          • Hey buddy ol’ pal! How goes it?

        • Sophia Z.

          Hi Seuss! What’s up, buttercup?

          • Hey Sophia! The water has rescinded in some areas of the city but for the most part it’s a mess. How’s your evening going?

          • Sophia Z.

            Most excellent of evenings. Glad the water is going away. The lakes up here (water you guys use) are still down. It didn’t rain so much here. How’s your evening?

          • Ya’ll need water …we have too much…why does life have to be unfair??? I’m actually cooking a late dinner. Stewed eggplant….yum! 🙂

          • Sophia Z.

            Life does seem to be so unfair. I’m sorry to hear about Brattus who is always in my prayers. Water is too. Yummy on the Eggplant. Can I come over for dinner? LOL

          • Yes, Brattus is really going through a rough time. We should all keep her in our prayers.

            You are invited for dinner anytime. There’s always a setting at my dinner table for you.

          • Sophia Z.

            You are such a sweet person, Seuss. Thank you. The same goes here for you. I would love to meet you.

            I pray every night for Brattus, ALWAYS. <3

          • Thank you!! And right back at ya! ❣

    • Yolie

      Those aren’t the parents rules, the kids made their own rules for dating based on modesty and purity.

      • I was under the impression it was part of their religion.

        • side of Sour Cream

          It is.

      • cait

        Gosh, those improper, impudent, immodest, impure little madams must have forced the Tosh to molest them !……….Poor, poor, hoor, Toshy !

  • RHONJ Fan

    I feel bad for his underage victims. The report never should have been made public. It doesn’t matter that the names were not released. We still know it was four of his siblings and people will be gossiping and watching them trying to figure out which ones. So by releasing that information we are just making them victims all over again. More information should have been blacked out before it was released.

    • Goo Goo G’Joob

      Actually, it’s probably for the best that we do know who his victims were. The girls were not given adequate counseling following these episodes and from reading online the materials this Quiverfull movement uses in such cases, the victims are the ones who carry the blame and shame for the crime happening, not the molester. Perhaps now that it is known his sisters were his victims, it will finally be possible for them to receive adequate therapy to move past this horror.

      • RHONJ Fan

        I get the impression the girls are more mortified about being outed as the victims than the actual molestation itself.

  • TopGear

    Great job TLC and Hulu. I say to anyone who wants a break from all this is to turn this crap off and just let the real courts decide this one…let the court of public opinion do their normal bantering while you boycott anything to do with the show.

  • WestCoastFeed

    The last count I saw, 33 sponsors have now withdrawn from the show.

    • cait

      They should all withdraw from the channel, not just the show !

  • WestCoastFeed

    The officer who gave Josh the “stern talking to,” has revealed that he was told that only one incident occurred. He now regrets that he didn’t do more and forward the case to the proper authorities.

    • Brattus Rattus

      I wonder if the “incident” was downplayed? No matter what, Josh is a creeper. Just gross.

    • Chloe

      Sounds like the officer was only given half the story regardless he dropped the ball and should have reported the case like any other.

      • Sophia Z.

        I read online somewhere that the Officer is now in jail for pedophilia.

        • cait

          He was jailed once, for child porn, then came out and did it all over again, so he is serving 60+ yrs ! Probably Toshy’s “role model” !

          • Sophia Z.

            Hi Cait, nice to see you. That’s just wrong on so many levels. I don’t understand why they are letting pedophiles out of prison. It’s not a treatable disorder. Personally, I think they should have their donks whacked off.

    • RealitytvJunkie

      He sympathized with the Josh because he’s a chester the molester himself and was probably molesting little girls at 14 also.

      • WestCoastFeed

        He’s serving time for possessing child pornography. Not for molestation. At least I think that’s what I read about him.

        • RealitytvJunkie

          Anyone who looks at child porn is turned on by children and will molest. Josh and the officer are one in the same.

      • Memaw

        We actually had a kid in elementary school we called Chester Chester Child Molester. He did in fact sleep with his sister clear into high school! Gross.

  • Memaw

    Its disgusting that TLC is so fixated on generating income from what’s left of the family (2 of the 4 molested by their brother) that they’re considering a spinoff. Seriously effed up. What $$ they make will go straight to Jim Bob and the church and they’ll be left with a pittance. Its still supporting the family nit to mention the church that helped cover it up to begin with. I wonder just how many parents in this church are hiding the same thing. Sickening!!

    • RHONJ Fan

      I will not watch any spinoffs or support the channel anymore if they don’t end this show and any variation of it.

  • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

    I will not support, watch, purchase or use any advertised products or anything to do with this show, this family, this hypocritical bunch of liars.
    They need to get off my TV screen & then they need to be thoroughly investigated by authorities that have nothing to do with them, their town or their religious affiliations. JMHO.

    • Sophia Z.

      I agree with your humble opinion. The man needs to go straight to jail. IMO.

    • Right on!

  • WestCoastFeed

    Unlike Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum decided to throw his old supporters, the Duggars, under the bus. He was “sickened” by the revelation of Josh’s past.

    • What took Santorum so long? He’s only throwing them under the bus because of public pressure. He’s full of it.

      • WestCoastFeed

        He saw the grief Mike Huckabee was getting and wasn’t going to make that mistake himself.

    • TartLemon

      I don’t agree with Rick Santorum’s politics AT ALL, but find his candor refreshing. I actually enjoy him in interviews. As far as speaking out against the Duggars after supporting them for so long, I can understand that as well. What Santorum did was form an opinion on the image they projected. To find out it was all a LIE is jolting.

  • Fritz the. At

    He probably was sickened they got caught and the report was outed. You never know with him.

    • I agree. News like this will cost him a lot.

  • Kbelle23

    New on TLC: 19 Kids Need Counseling

    • Ha! The whole situation is a clusterfuck.

    • hardtimz

      Be interesting, if they would consider something that, but than again, those t.v. therapist I can’t believe a word they say….hhhhhmmmmm!

  • cait

    20% of all sexual crimes, in the US, are committed by teenagers !
    I keep wondering if this is what was admitted, what really happened ?

  • cait

    Sorry folk, just updated my knowledge on the stats. 20% 0f all rapes and 30-50% of all child molestations, in the US, are perpetrated by adolescent males !
    This has scared the beejabers out of me !
    Will check out stats for other countries.

    • Sophia Z.

      I would be interested in stats for other countries. If the US is higher, I wonder why?!?! Though I know talking about subjects that are considered “taboo” in the US in Europe isn’t a big deal like it is here.

      • cait

        Hi Sophia, look up stats for child abuse in Africa, especially South Africa. They will leave you feeling sick to the stomach !
        In these places, there is a widespread belief that having sex, with a young virgin, will cure Aids ! !

        • Sophia Z.

          Thanks, Cait. IMO the evangelicals of the US are the culprits in furthering this kind of depravity.

    • hardtimz

      I wonder what’s the percentage, for their victims that they actually know? Such as a little sister, brother, neighbors son or daughter?

      • cait

        More stats !
        60% of child abusers are known to to the victims, but are not family members, ie friends, neighbours, sitters etc.
        30% of abusers are family members, ie fathers, mothers, brothers, uncles, cousins etc.
        23% of abusers are minors (under 18 yrs old).
        Over 40% of people who possess child porn, will go on to sexually assault children !
        Shocking figures, hardtimz !

        • hardtimz

          just so sad, I feel just awful for kids and anyone that doesn’t have a solid parent protecting them. This too much gotta get off this makes me tear up….

  • hardtimz

    I would like to know did he tell his wife before they were married?

    • cait

      Toshy told his wife and her parents about “his mistake” over 9 yrs ago, and they’ve been married for nearly 7 yrs ! He was probably still doing it, or had just been caught out, at that time !

      • hardtimz

        Wow okay, he must have whewed the heck out of her because I would have taken off running. But I do wonder, does one ever get over committing that type of offense? Not a real believer that one can just pray that type of offense away…but that’s just me!

        • cait

          Hi h/t, another fact is that paedos are usually grown ups when they realise what they are, and they plan their “conquests” Some, actually, never act on their impulses, whereas a child molester can be any age, and they are opportunists, taking what they can, when they can ! No cure for either !

          • hardtimz

            Hi Cait, and people wonder why my husband and I have not allowed our girls to stay at sleep overs. It’s not always easy, but we’ve opened our home to our children’s friends to have the sleep overs in our home. And of course you I have a few of those girls I don’t like, but don’t let them know it. As long as they respect our home…we’re good! Are you a parent?

          • cait

            I have 2 boys, Michael, 39 and Anthony, 36. They were a pleasure to raise, as they loved school, football, books etc. They both still have friends from primary school, secondary school and university.
            Not sure I could have coped with girls, as I would prob have a breakdown every time they were out !