Cable channel cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ after Duggar molestation disclosure

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TLC cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ in the wake of Josh Duggar molestation scandal.

The show featuring the Duggar family had been in limbo since May after revelations that 27-year-old Josh Duggar molested five children including four of his sisters.Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, shown here with members of their family, as seen on the TLC series “19 Kids and Counting.” TLC has announced the show won’t return, in the wake of the molestation scandal surrounding Josh Duggar. (TLC via AP) The reality show, “19 Kids and Counting,” about Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their ever-expanding extended family, has been canceled by TLC. A Discovery spokesperson told CNN that the network is not ruling out a spin-off of the show however featuring some of the Duggar children, with Jill and Jessa seeming the most likely choices as they have both started families of their own.

The series has been off the air since May, when it was reported that the couple’s eldest son, Josh, inappropriately touched five underage girls – four of them his sisters, the other a baby sitter – when he was a minor. TLC also announced it has teamed with two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. ‘We spent the past month and a half in thoughtful consideration about what is the best way forward here,’ said Marjorie Kaplan, group president of TLC, Animal Planet and Velocity networks. ‘We took it as an opportunity to step further than just “How do we protect ourselves?” and step into “How do we protect our audience and protect children?”‘ said Kaplan. The story abut Josh Duggar first came to light in May, when In Touch Weekly Magazine disclosed the results of a police report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The magazine reported that, according to the police report, Josh Duggar had been “investigated for multiple sex offenses — including forcible fondling — against five minors.

We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become.’ They closed by saying; ‘We know Who holds the future and are confident that He will work all things together for good. Those documents revealed that Tontitown Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department were at their home for 30 minutes in May after receiving a call that the reality TV family was barring an official from entering the premises. The series had aired on the network since 2008, but when the show was pulled after the reports about Josh Duggar, advertisers distanced themselves immediately, putting its future in jeopardy.

Audio of a 911 call on May 27, also obtained by InTouch, revealed a human services team had reason to believe there was a welfare emergency concerning one of the family’s 19 children at home in Washington County, Arkansas. While Discovery executives huddled to find a way to come up with a Duggars spinoff, the family name has been too tarnished by the coverage of their scandal for advertisers to have a comfortable association with it.

Josh Duggar apologized for his actions in a statement on his Facebook page and resigned from his position at the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group. Details of son Josh’s molestation scandal revealed that the family was not as cooperative as they could have been back in 2006 when authorities learned what had happened years before. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family.” Josh Duggar wrote: “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. Jill, who was 12 when the inappropriate touching took place, recalled feeling ‘sad’ and ‘shocked’ at the revelation Josh had violated her and her sister. The 22-year-old mother-to-be told the Fox News host: ‘I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying. ‘I’m like, that is so overboard and a lie, really.

The young women said they had a choice to make, and they chose to forgive him, but it took some time for them to rebuild the trust – time that Josh Duggar spent away from the rest of the clan at the command of his parents. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.’ He was never charged with a crime for the incidents as by the time police learned of the offenses the statue of limitations had passed, and his parents did not notify authorities in an official capacity at any point after learning about their son’s actions. It is also interesting to note that when the family moved into their custom built home in 2006, communal rooms for the male members of the family and female members of the family were on exact opposite sides of the 7,000-square-foot dwelling. As a final precaution, the journey also requires a walk across an elevated catwalk that cuts through the family’s two-story living room, another chance for people in the house to keep an eye on who was spending time together. Meanwhile, it seems TLC has already found a replacement family for the Duggars, premiering their new reality series I Am Jazz on Wednesday night, just hours before they announced the cancellation.

Michelle Duggar had previously campaigned against transgender individuals and their rights by narrating a robocall to local voters in 2014 over a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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