Jim Bob Duggar Celebrates 50th Birthday Amidst Family Scandals, '19 Kids and Counting' Cancellation

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Jim Bob Duggar turned 50 this weekend, and the Duggar family celebrated as usual, despite being deluged with scandal, including the announcement of the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting.

On Saturday, Michelle Duggar, and several of the Duggar's 19 children created short video clips wishing Jim Bob Duggar a very happy birthday.

Noticeably absent from the family fun were Derick and Jill Dillard, and their son Israel. The Dillard family is in Central America, serving as missionaries there. They recently updated the family and fans with their activities, and how they are settling in to the culture of a foreign country.

Michelle Duggar shared the happy birthday video clips for Jim Bob on The Duggar Family website.

Check out what little Jordyn Duggar had to say.

This next birthday message for Jim Bob Duggar comes from daughter Jennifer.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's granddaughter McKenzie got in on the birthday fun, too. She says in her clip that Jim Bob Duggar is a "fun grandpa." McKenzie is the daughter of Josh Duggar and his wife Anna. Josh, of course, is the reason behind the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting. When word emerged of his sexual molestation scandal from several years back, TLC removed episodes of the show from the air. This past week they announced its cancellation. Anna Duggar is expecting the couple's fourth child. As of last weekend, she was deemed overdue. This new baby will be a girl, giving little McKenzie Duggar a baby sister--her first. The couple already has two boys.

The Duggar family was recently scandalized yet again in the media, when an old report about Jim Bob Duggar's brother-in-law having transmitted genital herpes to a woman during unprotected sex resurfaced in the media. The woman filed a lawsuit, but later dropped it.

In light of the Duggar family scandals, it's good to see that Jim Bob Duggar was still celebrated on his big day.

Just imagine being in Jim Bob Duggar's shoes. In addition to these family scandals, he is 50 years old, has 19 children, and his most lucrative source of income has just ended.

Hopefully this birthday celebration lifted his spirits.

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.