Michelle Duggar and her husband Jim Bob issued a joint statement earlier today following an announcement on behalf of TLC that 19 Kids and Counting has been officially cancelled.
The network stopped airing episodes of the show shortly after the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal hit the media a couple of months ago.
It was via the Duggar Family Website (typically manned by Michelle Duggar) that the 19 Kids and Counting matriarch and patriarch shared word that they knew their reality show is finished.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 16, 2015
"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"
— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2015
Michelle Duggar said during her interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox's The Kelly File that the family would be just fine if TLC opted to cancel their show. Jessa Duggar Seewald said on the second part of the interview that they are a family who just happens to be on a reality show. She indicated that the reality show in no way defines the Duggar family.
It will be interesting to learn if any of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's children issue statements about TLC's cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting.
Josh Duggar sexually molested five underage girls when he was a teenager. Four of them are his own sisters. One was a family babysitter.