The Duggar Family’s Hit TLC Show ‘Counting on’ Cancelled amid Josh Duggar’s Legal Drama
TLC is pulling the plug on Counting On, the Duggar family’s spin-off show of 19 Kids and Counting. After 11 seasons, the network stated it would not be “producing additional seasons” amid the ongoing child pornography case and legal drama against Josh Duggar.
The show primarily focused on the families of the Duggar sisters — Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo, Joy-Anna Forsyth, and their parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
In April, Josh was arrested and held without bond in Arkansas for receiving and possessing child pornography. The former reality star’s lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, and a week later, he was released on bail.
And instead of returning home to his wife, Anna Duggar, and six kids, he was placed under house arrest with third-party custodians, who are said to be close friends with the Duggar family. His trial was initially set for July 6 but was later pushed back.
Now, it has reportedly been set for November 30.
If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum of $250,000 in fines for each count.
Not Josh Duggar’s First Run-in With The Law
Duggar kept a pretty low profile after his 2015 scandal.
In 2015, he made headlines for molestation and cheating scandals. A resurfaced court document revealed Josh, 14, molested five girls, four of which were related to him between 2002 and 2003.
The victims included his own sisters, Seewald and Jill Dillard. After the scandal, TLC was forced to cancel the Duggar family’s first show, 19 Kids and Counting, and Josh released a statement expressing his apologies and noted he was receiving counseling.
Twelve years ago, I acted inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. My parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.
Three months later, another scandal hit the Duggar family. A massive data hack revealed that Josh was a member of Ashley Madison, a cheating website. He later confessed his infidelity and addiction to pornography to his wife.
He sought treatment, and the couple began counseling.
The Duggar Family Members Speak Up
A source close to the family revealed to People that Josh’s latest charges created a lot of tension for the family and that they “aren’t as close as they once were,” even though most of them turned a blind eye to the situation.
Despite these claims, the members of the Duggar family have spoken up.
The parents of the Duggar clan, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, released a statement addressing the cancellation of their show. However, they failed to mention why or anything about Josh’s allegations.
The couple talked about the memories they made being on the show and stated they were looking forward to sharing their lives along the way.
Meanwhile, Jinger and Jim’s niece, Amy Duggar King, thanked TLC for giving them a fantastic opportunity and their fans for showering them with love.