TLC Cancels '19 Kids and Counting' Following Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal
TLC has canceled “19 Kids and Counting” following the revelation that Josh Duggar molested four of his sisters and a babysitter a dozen years ago.
The network told the Associated Press today that the show "will no longer appear on the air."
The future of "19 Kids and Counting" had been uncertain since May, when reports surfaced that 27-year-old Josh Duggar molested five girls in 2002 and 2003.
Duggar sisters Jill Dillard, 24, and Jessa Seewald, 22, were among Josh's victims. They defended their brother in an emotional interview with Megyn Kelly last month, telling the Fox News host that some of the things reported in the media were "so overboard."
“I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist […] I’m like, that is so overboard and a lie really,” Jessa said.
She also described the extent of the molestation as “mild inappropriate touching on fully clothed victims, most of it while girls were sleeping.”
Jill became emotional when she discussed the media coverage of her family, calling it “a re-victimization that’s even a thousand times worse."
“When I heard the police report had been released, I said, ‘What, like, how do they have a right to do this? […] We’re victims, they can’t do this to us,” she said through tears.
The two women had also touched on the show's uncertain future during their "Kelly File" interview, telling Megyn that "life goes on."
“We’re not a TV family, we’re just a family that just happened to be on TV," Jessa had said.
For 10 seasons, "19 Kids and Counting" focused on the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, as well as their 19 children.
TLC has pledged that it will raise awareness about child sexual abuse through an ongoing campaign, which will begin in August.
Below, take a look back at some clips from Megyn Kelly's emotional interviews with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and Josh Duggar's sisters, Jessa and Jill.
When did you learn about your son's actions?
How did you react when Josh confessed?
The Duggars on one of their daughters being molested when she was under the age of 10:
Given these events, why would you do a reality TV show?
Jessa and Jill Duggar defend their brother against charges that he's a "pedophile."