Now what for the Duggars?

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Does Discovery/TLC have a child molester problem?.

Mama June said Thursday, May 21, that TLC should cancel 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of Josh Duggar’s molestation allegations, or else she might sue — get the details here Credit: Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic railed against TLC and the Duggar family on Thursday, May 21, after the network continued to air 19 Kids and Counting amidst allegations that Josh Duggar had molested five girls — including, possibly, some of his sisters — back in 2002. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Josh, now 27, wrote on the Duggars’ Facebook page. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. She was especially peeved after TLC promptly canceled her show after it was revealed that she was once again romantically entwined with her ex, Mark McDaniel, who repeatedly molested Shannon’s oldest daughter Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell when she was 8 years old.

Josh Duggar, 27, is the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose long-running show on cable network TLC chronicles the daily struggles and triumphs of a conservative family in Arkansas. Shannon told TMZ that she wanted to sue TLC for its “blatantly unfair and inconsistent treatment.” The mother of four to Anna, 20, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, 9, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 14, and Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, 18, said McDaniel never appeared on her show, but Josh was one of the breakout stars of the Duggar family’s reality series.

Josh Duggar did not directly address the allegations that were reported by In Touch magazine and other websites, but said in a statement that he felt remorse for what he called “wrongdoing.” “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. The alleged sexual abuse reportedly first came to light in 2006 when Harpo Communications contacted the Department of Human Services Hotline about the Duggar rumors, which Harpo had been informed of by an anonymous tipster ahead of the Duggars’ scheduled appearance on “Oprah.” This isn’t the first time Discovery Communications has had to deal with a reality star scandal.

Discovery Communications—which includes channels like TLC, The Discovery Channel, OWN and Animal Planet— has had similar accusations affect several of its shows. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.” “I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions,” Josh added. “I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. Duggar resigned from his job at the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying group based in Washington D.C., according to a statement from the organization’s president, Tony Perkins. “Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years,” Perkins said.

TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was shut down after photos surfaced that showed star Mama June spending time with an ex-boyfriend who served time for molesting her daughter. Anna, Josh’s wife of more than six years, also weighed in on Facebook, saying she knew about Josh’s past with “teenage mistakes” two years before the pair got engaged. “I want to say thank you to those who took time over a decade ago to help Josh in a time of crisis,” Anna wrote. “Your investment changed his life from going down the wrong path to doing what is right. Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns” was cancelled when star Will Hayden was arrested for aggravated rape of a minor, who family members have publicly identified as his own daughter. If it weren’t for your help I would not be here as his wife — celebrating 6 1/2 years of marriage to a man who knows how to be a gentleman and treat a girl right. The apology came after In Touch published a document it said it obtained from Arkansas’ Springdale Police Department alleging multiple instances in which Duggar molested underage girls.

A mother who appeared on TLC’s “Cheer Perfection” pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual assault and engaging a child in sexually explicit conduct. A former “Cake Boss” cast member, star Buddy Valastro’s brother-in-law, is currently serving nine years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in New Jersey.

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