Fox News’ Megyn Kelly secures exclusive sit-down interview with Jim Bob and …

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Amid molestation allegations, Duggar family announces exclusive interview with Fox News.

The famously conservative Duggars seemed to be models of wholesome family life, but son Josh was hiding a dark past: He allegedly molested five young girls as a teen. With their popular television program yanked from TLC’s schedule this month and advertisers sprinting for cover in the midst of child molestation allegations, the Duggar family announced that they’ll be sitting down with Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly next week. “Next week we will sit down with Megyn Kelly on Fox News to share our hearts with you about the pain that we walked through as a family twelve years ago, the tears we all shed and the forgiveness that was given,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wrote.Last week, the entire country was fixated on one, and only one, issue: Whether the Duggar clan, who have more kids than they can count, have one kid they couldn’t exactly count on to do the right thing. In a separate press release, Fox News confirmed the sit-down interview, which is scheduled to air during “The Kelly File” on Wednesday, June 3, at 9 p.m. You know the Duggars — they’re everywhere, on TLC 10 times a week, on the “Today” show every couple of months when they have another baby, and on the cover of magazines at the supermarket checkout.

Many of the residents in Washington County, Arkansas, are reeling from a scandal that has put them – and their most famous residents – under a microscope. Thanks to their ridiculous procreation rate, there are now so many of them that next time you’re walking down the street, shout out: “Hey you, Duggar!” and I’ll bet at least one person will turn around and wave back.

According to TMZ, TLC is close to cutting the show – which has been running since 2008, previously called both 17 and 18 Kids and Counting – with advertisers being one aspect influencing their decision. The reactions are wide-ranging: One young mother, while herding her two small children in the parking lot of a Walmart, tells PEOPLE of Josh: “I think he should rot in Hell!” Meanwhile, friends of the Duggars remain as unfailingly supportive as Josh’s parents and wife, Anna, have been since the scandal broke. They’ve also made it their business to tell anyone who will listen, and a good number of people like me who would prefer not to listen, how to run our lives. I hurt others, including my family and close friends.” He continued: “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We appreciate the outpouring of love and prayers for our family at this time.” Reruns of 19 Kids were pulled from TLC last week after a magazine revealed sexual molestation allegations against the Duggar’s eldest son Josh, now 27.

As far as they are concerned, the rest of us are spending eternity roasting marshmallows with Beelzebub, while they’re going to be up in heaven at an invitation-only Duggar Family Reunion Jamboree. I think it’s sad.” A retired public school teacher, she also has no problem with Michelle and Jim Bob’s choice to homeschool their 19 children. “There’s a lot of busywork in public schools. Duggar, his wife, Anna, and their three children live in Washington, where Duggar worked as executive director of FRC Action, the nonprofit lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.

The now-married man, with a fourth child on the way, released a statement to PEOPLE that said, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. There are the “preachy” types, who want to dictate to everyone else how to live their lives, and the “preached at” types, who just want to be left the heck alone. Who’s teaching them?” During the holidays, Trammell adds, hers was the only one of the neighbors’ houses serenaded with Christmas carols by the Duggars. As a card-carrying member of the preached at masses, I can tell you that there are plenty of people out there whom I can’t stand, and want to tell off, but I keep it to myself.

You need to get the story while it can be told,” she said, echoing what the residents of Washington County have also believed about the connection between Josh’s childhood isolation from his peers and the alleged acts of molestation. “The best thing to do is to tell the truth about it get help,” Wyatt said. “Teenagers who have been isolated from their peers may be more likely to act out sexually, the abuser is trying to make themselves feel better. But we’re frustrated that it always seems like the folks who walk around parading themselves as paragons of virtue seem to be — big surprise! — the ones with the most skeletons in their own closets. Preachy types in our society always believe in swift justice, as long as the person swinging at the end of the rope isn’t them, or a close family member.

So we sit there while we’re being preached at and nod our heads politely, as if we’re listening, and quietly wait for what goes around to, as it almost always, and most perfectly does, come around.

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