19 Kids and Counting has been officially cancelled. TLC made the announcement via a statement on Thursday.
“After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air.
The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.
Over these past weeks, TLC has consulted regularly with leading victims’ rights and advocacy organizations in the U.S., including RAINN and Darkness to Light, to discuss how to use this moment to address the issue and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated issue; it affects many children and families around the world.
To that end, we are partnering with both organizations on a multi-platform campaign to raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue. In the first phase of this initiative, TLC will work closely with both groups and with the Duggar family on a one-hour documentary that will include Jill and Jessa and other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse.
TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help. The documentary will be commercial free, and we anticipate it will air later this summer.”
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 16, 2015
TLC pulled episodes of 19 Kids and Counting from the air shortly after word of the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal hit the media.
This statement also seems to negate rumors that there will be a 19 Kids and Counting spinoff based on Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillars. Rumor had it a show called Two Brides and Their Grooms was in the works. Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick are overseas serving as missionaries, which fueled speculation a couple of weeks ago that the spinoff might not take place.
19 Kids and Counting fans are no doubt very disappointed that the show has come to an end.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar issued a statement about the show’s cancellation.
“Today, TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting.
Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God.
We are so thankful for our film crew that has shown up at our house for over a decade. They have become like family to us. They have invested their time and energy into our lives and have been so loving and patient. We love and appreciate them so much!
Over the last several years people have said to us, “We love your show!” We have always responded, “It’s not a show, it’s our lives!” Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life’s problems.
With God’s grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become.
It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.
We appreciate the love, support, prayers and kindness extended to us by many of you. You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time.
God’s faithfulness and goodness to us, along with His abundant grace have given us strength and joy even in the most difficult days.
We have committed to Him that in all things — difficulties or success, good times or bad — we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family.
We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many.
We know Who holds the future and are confident that He will work all things together for good.
We love each of you and look forward to unfolding the future with peace and joy.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family”
— Deadline Hollywood (@Deadline) July 16, 2015
How do you suppose the Duggar family is really feeling today?
Might they beholding Josh Duggar–or maybe even themselves–responsible for the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting?