Hulu Pulls ’19 Kids And Counting’ Amid Duggar Child Molestation Scandal

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

’19 Kids and Counting’ Yanked from Hulu Amid Josh Duggar Scandal.

Hulu has removed “19 Kids and Counting” from its streaming library in the wake of the child molestation scandal surrounding the reality show, Variety has confirmed.

TLC pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting when a police report from 2006 resurfaced and revealed that cast member Josh had allegedly molested five girls when he was a teenager, however the future of the 10-year-old reality series has not been decided. Now People is reporting that a spinoff show may already be “in the works” at the network—one focusing on the families of newlyweds Jill and Derick Dillard and Jessa and Ben Seewald.

The series was available for streaming on Hulu as recently as Friday, but a search on Thursday morning revealed that Hulu is now re-directing users to TLC’s website to watch full episodes. A “404” error message notifies visitors that the “page does not exist.” TLC has pulled the show from its schedule, but has not canceled the program yet. However, we are told that no long-term decisions have been made yet regarding the fate of the Duggars’ franchise, despite the immediate cancellation of Honey Boo Boo in October amidst allegations that Mama June was dating a convicted sex offender who allegedly molested her own daughter when she was 8. Despite the this being their second child sex scandal in seven months, 19 Kids still pulls in more than 3 million viewers, and has kept the cable network thriving while competitors have suffered double-digit declines. Hulu’s move comes amid an exodus of advertisers from the show, which has yet to be canceled outright by TLC after the network tentatively removed it from its programming schedule.

General Mills, Choice Hotels Intl., Payless Shoe Source, Ace Hardware, David’s Bridal and Pure Leaf Iced Tea are some of the brands working to keep their ads away from “19 Kids.” Most advertisers have deals with TLC or Discovery Communications-owned networks, rather than specific programs. News has confirmed that General Mills, Payless Shoes and Choice Hotels have all decided to remove their ads from future Duggars-related programming. “We can confirm that we have removed this program from our current advertising schedule,” a spokesperson for General Mills told us. News of Duggar’s alleged past behavior leaked last Thursday and the 27-year-old, who’s now married with three children, immediately apologized for his “wrongdoing.” “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.

I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation,” he said. “We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.

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