These are the brands that are backing away from ’19 Kids and Counting’

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’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. Just days after TLC announced that they were pulling 19 Kids and Counting from their current lineup, several advertisers have revealed that they’re following suit. The popular program was yanked from TLC’s schedule Friday, a day after Josh Duggar — the oldest of the 19 Duggar kids — said he had “acted inexcusably” and was “deeply sorry” for what he called “my wrongdoing” when he was “a young teenager.” Duggar, 27, also resigned from his high-profile position with the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying organization. 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. Last year, the network canceled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” after it was reported that Mama June — mother to 9-year-old Alana Thompson, star of the show — was dating a convicted child molester.

A list of advertisers, including Payless Shoes, Walgreens and Choice Hotels, have bailed on the show while the network has pulled reruns from its schedule. Two months earlier, Discovery Channel (owned by TLC’s parent company, Discovery Communications) scrapped “Sons of Guns” when star Will Hayden was charged with the rape of a child. Many question why Josh Duggar was able to continue living among his alleged victims after a police official, church members and his family knew that he had been accused of molested the young girls.

Here’s a timeline of events from a 2006 police report obtained by InTouchthat details when Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, first became aware of the alleged sexual abuse to when the story emerged in the media. Reality TV has grappled with this since its inception: When you showcase real people, you get very real problems – especially on channels that feature unusual families or personalities.

March 2002: The 33-page police report reveals that Jim Bob Duggar tells police his son admits he fondled the breasts and genitals of several victims while they were sleeping in the family’s home, and that similar incidents happened four to five times. 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. Josh released a statement to People after his story made headlines. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” Josh, 27, said in a statement to People. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends.

Certain industry insiders caution against blaming the network or production companies for allowing these cast members on air in the first place, pointing out there’s only so much they can prevent. 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. They take an extraordinary amount of precaution…and Discovery in particular is actually one of the most aggressive [networks] in weeding out background issues,” Pinvidic said. “It’s a really unfortunate bar to be held to: That you’re responsible for every element of someone’s personal life because you’re documenting their life. Pinvidic, who helped develop “Jon & Kate Plus 8” for TLC, said all potential reality stars go through a vetting process, complete with psychological and medical tests.

A network will pass on a show if there are any signs of trouble. “Even the slightest twinge of issues, a show never makes it,” he said. “It has to be pretty squeaky clean. Background checks for reality show subjects, he cautions, are a lot more complicated than many people realize. “It’s quite a process, and I can see how someone might wonder, ‘How did they miss that?’” Myers said. “The reality is that, first, not all records are discoverable to investigators, no matter how hard they look. The family is in Chicago for a scheduled interview with Oprah Winfrey and cannot speak to police until they return on Dec. 11, according to the report. State laws get even more convoluted: In California, when investigators look into someone’s criminal history, they are only allowed to tell networks about convictions in the last seven years, but not arrests and police reports. Russell added that the pressure has increased on some smaller production companies forced to shell out money for initial background checks – in earlier years of reality TV, the network would foot the bill.

Police interview several alleged victims and the person believed to be the perpetrator. 2007: While the mainstream press remains largely unaware of the sexual abuse allegations, online message boards are a flurry with allegations about Josh Duggar, as reported by Gawker.

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