'19 Kids and Counting' Loses Advertisers Following Josh Duggar Sexual Molestation Scandal

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19 Kids and Counting isn't a sure thing in the future--at least as far as TLC is concerned. And even if they opt to bring the show back without Josh Duggar, they may have trouble paying to keep it on the air.

Since the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal has erupted--Duggar sexually molested five underage girls, four of whom are his sisters, as a teen--TLC has been weighing the odds as to what the fate of 19 Kids and Counting should be. Advertisers may make that decision for them, however.

On Tuesday morning, Choice Hotels International announced they were pulling their advertising from all future episodes of 19 Kids and Counting. Payless Shoe Source also announced on Tuesday that they are in the process of removing all of their ads, too.

General Mills has already removed 19 Kids and Counting from its advertising schedule. Walgreens is considering what it will do.

TLC immediately yanked its episodes of 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule Friday, the day after word of Josh Duggar's sexual abuse became news. The show has been on the air since 2008 and is in its 15th season.

TLC pulled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo from its lineup when word of June Shannon dating a child molester hit the media.

Do you expect more advertisers will opt not to advertise during 19 Kids and Counting? Might that ultimately seal the Duggar family's fate?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.