TLC cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ amid Josh Duggar abuse scandal

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19 Kids and Counting.

NEW YORK (AP) — After weeks in limbo stemming from revelations of sexual misconduct by one of its stars, the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting” is officially dead. AP In this 2007 file photo, Michelle Duggar, left, is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, second from left, after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark.The series, featuring the devoutly Baptist Jim Bob and Michelle who have 10 sons and nine daughters, was the most popular on TLC during its nine-season run.The reality show that centered on the expansive Duggar clan of Tontitown, Arkansas, “will no longer appear on the air,” reads a network statement first released to the Associated Press. But the family’s squeaky-clean image was shattered in May with the revelation that eldest son Josh, now 27 and married with three children, had been investigated for groping five girls, four of them his sisters, when he was a teenager.

The timing of the news appeared to be a strategic move on part of the network, given that it broke just one hour before Emmy nominations would dominate the news cycle. But the network said it planned to work with the Duggars to produce a one-hour documentary about child sexual abuse that will include two of the daughters, now in their 20s, who have publicly acknowledged they were molested by their brother Josh about 12 years ago.

Read TLC’s full statement on the cancelation here, which also announces an upcoming one-hour documentary which will address the issue of childhood sexual abuse. The family have responded with their own statement, saying they hoped the “painful situation” they went through would help others find “help, hope and healing.” “Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God. They continued: “With God’s grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. To that end, we are partnering with both organizations on a multi-platform campaign to raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue. Josh Duggar apologized for unspecified actions on a Facebook post and resigned from the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group, where he had worked as a lobbyist.

TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help. Last October, TLC yanked its reality series about child beauty-pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family after the completion of filming an upcoming season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” While the network didn’t identify a reason for the cancellation, it came after published reports that the family matriarch, June Shannon, was dating a convicted child molester. TLC is in the midst of repositioning itself as “a brand with purpose,” said Kaplan, since 1997 an executive with parent Discovery Communications who took over TLC a year ago.

Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. Over the last several years people have said to us, “We love your show!” We have always responded, “It’s not a show, it’s our lives!” Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life’s problems. We have committed to Him that in all things—difficulties or success, good times or bad—we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family. In an interview with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard, Josh’s sisters, insisted that they had forgiven their brother long ago. “Josh was a boy, a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls, and that got him into some trouble,” said Jessa, 22. “And he made some bad choices, but, really, the extent of it was mild — inappropriate touching on fully clothed victims, most of it while [the girls] were sleeping.” With the future of the show up in the air at the time, Seewald said that life would “go on” if 19 Kids was canceled. “We’re not a TV family.

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