“19 Kids and Counting” has been canceled by TLC, which probably isn’t too much of a surprise to the masses after the family’s recent scandal. Ousting of this show comes on the heels of the headlines a few months back reporting the Duggar’s oldest son molesting five young girls, including his sisters.
According to MSN News on July 16, TLC said it is “not moving forward”with an 11th season of “19 Kids and Counting,” featuring the Duggar family. This show “will no longer appear on the air,” according to the TLC statement.
It doesn’t sound as if this decision came easy to the people in charge over at TLC. Marjorie Kaplan, group president of TLC, Animal Planet and Velocity networks said, “We spent the past month and a half in thoughtful consideration about what is the best way forward here.”
According to Us Weekly, TLC also conveyed in their statement, “the recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.” Although it has taken some time for the network to officially canceling this show, it appears to be working the damage control just right.
According to MSN, in an effort to redirect the public out cry, TLC has announced that it has “two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.” Taking on a very serious tone, TLC announces that this multi-platform child sexual abuse campaign will feature two of the Duggar girls who were “inappropriately touched” by their older brother Josh Duggar.
Two of the Duggar sisters will participate in a documentary, that will mostly likely air in late August for an hour and be commercial-free. Jill and Jessa Duggar, as well as other survivors and families affected by such abuse will be featured in this documentary.
“19 Kids and Counting” was pulled from the network back in May when it was revealed that Josh Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teen. He was never charged in these cases. Josh apologized via Facebook and he also resigned as a lobbyist from the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group.
Pulling a top rated show off your network’s lineup has to be painful for the officials involved, but this is not the first time TLC had to do this. When mom, June Shannon, on the reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” was reportedly dating a convicted child molester, they also pulled the plug on this show.