19 Kids and Counting hangs precariously in the TLC balance as patriarch and matriarch Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hope to do some damage control in an interview on with Fox’s Megyn Kelly this coming week.
The eldest of the 19 Kids and Counting children–Josh Duggar–admitted to sexually molesting five underage females when he was a teenager–after his long-kept cover was recently blown. Four of his victims are his sisters–purportedly Jana Duggar, Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, and Jinger Duggar.
TLC has stopped airing episodes of 19 Kids and Counting, but has yet to make a decision to actually cancel the show. A spinoff is supposedly in the works that would star Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar, and husbands Derick Dillard and Ben Seewald, respectively. 2 Brides and Their Grooms would omit Josh Duggar from the picture completely and limit exposure of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who are under fire for the way they handled the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 30, 2015
Some of the advertisers that have already abandoned 19 Kids and Counting include Choice Hotels International, Payless Shoe Source, David’s Bridal, Ace Hardware, Allstate Insurance, Crayola, Kohl’s, Jimmy Dean, Keurig, Party City, Walgreen’s, and Pizza Hut.
@maraleia It came to our attention that our commercials were airing during 19 Kids and Counting. We have pulled our ads from this program.
— Allstate Insurance (@Allstate) May 29, 2015
@sirenontheriver, we share your concern for the safety of children and have no plans to air Crayola commercials during future episodes.
— Crayola (@Crayola) May 27, 2015
It’s likely that these and other advertisers will be watching 19 Kids and Counting parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, very closely during their interview with Megyn Kelly this coming week on Fox. What they say regarding Josh Duggar and his sexual molestations may very well determine not only the fate of 19 Kids and Counting, but the likelihood of a spinoff as well.