Josh Duggar isn’t letting the cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting” get him down. The former reality show star has finally come out of hiding, and it looks like he’s moving on with his life. On July 25, Josh posted an Instagram photo taken at a bowling alley. Josh has a big smile on his face in the photo, and so does his son.
“Had a blast bowling with this big guy today!” Josh Duggar captioned the Instagram post. He’s holding a blue bowling ball, and four-year-old Michael is holding a red bowling ball that’s almost as big as he is. The bowling alley trip is Josh’s first big outing since it was announced that TLC had decided to cancel his family’s reality series. It looks like Josh is trying not to let the agonizing death of the Duggars’ biggest cash cow get him down. However, his father, Jim Bob Duggar, is having a tough time dealing with the end of family’s TV career. A source recently told PEOPLE that Jim Bob was so upset with TLC for axing “19 Kids and Counting” that he refused to give the network the go-ahead to film a spin-off show centered on his daughters, Jessa Duggar and Jill Duggar.
Jim Bob reportedly didn’t want “19 Kids” to shift focus, so he likely won’t allow his family to do another reality series unless he and Josh Duggar are part of the cast. Jim Bob reportedly believes that it’s “part of God’s plan” for his family to be on TV, so he might be looking for another network that’s willing to film his entire family. In the meantime, “19 Kids and Counting” fans will have to get their Duggar fix by following the Duggars’ numerous social media accounts. The Associated Press also reports that Jessa Duggar and Jill Duggar have agreed to appear in a one-hour documentary about child abuse. It will air on TLC in late in August.
Jessa and Jill were two of the five victims that Josh Duggar sexually molested as a teenager. Shortly after In Touch Weekly published the police reports documenting Josh’s dark past, the Duggars did damage control by trotting Jill and Jessa out for a softball interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly. The girls spent most of the interview defending their brother and trying to convince their fans that the In Touch reporters were the real villains for using a legal Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the police reports proving Josh’s guilt.
The fallout from the sexual molestation scandal has had a huge impact on Josh Duggar. He lost his job with the Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C., so he had to leave his home in Maryland to move back to Arkansas. There’s no word on whether he’s found employment, but now he has four mouths to feed — his wife, Anna Duggar, recently gave birth to a baby girl. Anna isn’t in Josh’s bowling alley photo.
What do you think Josh Duggar will do with his life now that he doesn’t have his reality show or his cushy FRC job? Will he and his family find a way to get back on TV?