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19 Kids and Counting Canceled: Read the Duggar Family’s Statement

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

19 Kids and Counting Canceled by TLC.

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.The reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” has been canceled, TLC announced Thursday, following allegations that the oldest son of the show’s stars, Josh Duggar, molested underaged girls when he was a teenager. “The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection,” TLC said in a statement. “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.TLC is officially canceling 19 Kids and Counting, citing an “important conversation” that directly references the child molestation scandal swarming the extraordinarily popular – and now extremely controversial – Duggar family of the American south.

The Associated Press reported the news Thursday morning, nearly two months after TLC first pulled all episodes of the show off the air as the molestation allegations emerged. “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time,” reads a statement on the show’s website from May, when the show was initially taken off the air. TLC also said it would work with the Duggar family on a commercial-free, one-hour documentary that will feature Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald – two of Josh Duggar’s sisters – along with other survivors and families affected by abuse.

News of the allegations against the now-27-year-old Josh Duggar broke in May, sparking TLC to pull the show from its on-air lineup, while still continuing to film. It was pulled from the network in May when reports surfaced of the molestations that occurred a dozen years earlier. “[O]ur daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. 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. Since 2008, the series — TLC’s most watched, averaging 3.2 million viewers — had chronicled the family life of Arkansas couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their children, now numbering 19.

We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become.” TLC also announced it has teamed with two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. 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. Josh Duggar apologized for unspecified actions on a Facebook post and resigned from the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group, where he had worked as a lobbyist. Last October, TLC yanked its reality series about child beauty-pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family after the completion of filming an upcoming season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” While the network didn’t identify a reason for the cancellation, it came after published reports that the family matriarch, June Shannon, was dating a convicted child molester.

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. TLC is in the midst of repositioning itself as “a brand with purpose,” said Kaplan, since 1997 an executive with parent Discovery Communications who took over TLC a year ago.

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