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Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar: Will ’19 Kids and Counting’ Feature Them and Not Josh Duggar in Future Episodes?

Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar–purportedly two of Josh Duggar’s four sibling sexual molestation victims–might get the chance to continue starring in 19 Kids and Counting despite the ve...
Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar: Will ’19 Kids and Counting’ Feature Them and Not Josh Duggar in Future Episodes?
Written by Kimberly Ripley
  • Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar–purportedly two of Josh Duggar’s four sibling sexual molestation victims–might get the chance to continue starring in 19 Kids and Counting despite the very public revelation of their brother’s crimes.

    TMZ reported a few days after word broke of Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation scandal that TLC is considering a number of options regarding the family’s reality show. One is to cancel 19 Kids and Counting for good. Another is to remove Josh Duggar from the lineup and concentrate on Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, and siblings, Jinger Duggar, John-David and Jana Duggar, Jinger Duggar, and more.

    TMZ goes on to report that Josh Duggar is actually quite insignificant where the show is concerned. They write that the weddings of Jill Duggar to Derick Dillard, Jessa Duggar’s marriage to Ben Seewald, and Jill Duggar Dillard recently giving birth to baby Israel David Duggar are the recent highlights of the show.

    In other words, Jessa and Jill Duggar sell. Josh Duggar does not.

    This could work one of two ways for the 19 Kids and Counting siblings left at home. Recent word of Jinger Duggar having wanted to break free of the Duggar household indicates that not all is as happy as it seems behind the Duggar family’s closed doors. She and Jana Duggar are still living at home because that is how Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have raised them. Young women don’t leave home until they are married–even young women who have been sexually molested as children by their big brother. If the show goes on, Jinger and Jana will certainly have to remain in the Duggar household.

    Do you think 19 Kids and Counting will survive in light of the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal, despite any changes TLC might make?

    Do you think both Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald–as well as Jana and Jinger Duggar–should make statements about what purportedly happened to them at the hands of their brother–in order for the show to survive?

    Would Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar ever consider allowing such statements to be made?

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