TLC announced that they will be canceling the hit reality series 19 Kids and Counting. The network said the show “will no longer appear on the air.”
The series was centered on the devoutly Baptist Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar who have ten sons, nine daughters and six grandchildren – two of which are still unborn.
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The show has been subjected to controversy since May following the shocking revelations that Josh Duggar molested five underage girls. The event shattered the family’s squeaky-clean image and let thousands of fans and followers down.
Josh confessed to groping five girls, four of them are his sisters. One of the five underage victims wass their family babysitter at that time. He was 14 years old when he committed the said molestations.
Josh, now 27, is married to Anna Duggar since 2008. Anna is carrying their fourth child whom they announced is a baby girl.
TLC insisted the show opened up a “critical and important conversation about child protection.”
The network will be partnering with the victims’ rights and advocacies groups on a “multi-platform campaign to raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue.”
They have confirmed that they would be working with the family one last time to produce a one-hour commercial-free documentary with sisters Jessa, 22, and Jill, 24, who have come forward as victims. They also said that they have already forgiven their brother.
“We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many.”
The controversial family responded with their own statement. They hoped that the “painful situation” they went through would help others find “help, hope, and healing.”
“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!”