No one knows for sure what further action TLC will take against their top rated reality show “19 Kids and Counting” which has been on the air for fifteen seasons. Currently the long-running show was yanked from the network schedule after past actions of Josh Duggar had surfaced nor have they commented on whether the show will be officially cancelled or not. News that sponsors are beginning to sever their ties from the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting” were shared today by KMBZ News that this will certainly put extra pressure on TLC since the scandal began.
Currently advertisers are aware of the social media firestorm explosion and TLC’s refusal to respond to whether the show will actually be cancelled permanently or if they are just waiting for the storm to subside. Some sponsors aren’t waiting and taking the risk that would associate their good name with such a scandal. General Mills, Payless Shoes, Choice Hotels have either severed their ties completely from all future episodes of this TMC program. Walgreens and Keurig on the other had are monitoring the situation before making any final decisions of cutting their ties to “19 Kids and Counting”.
Controversy has put fear into the eyes of many other sponsors regarding this highly-controversial reality television show that surrounds a family of conservative Christians. Advertisers don’t want to be linked to anything that ever sounds controversy since they spend a lot of money to have themselves heard during commercials and through various ads that support the reality show while it is televised. Some may even feel the public can possibly view these companies as supporting sexual abuse against children which wasn’t the reason they began advertising during the show in the first place.
There are avid fans who are threatening boycotting products, tuning into TLC or just cancelling their television network provider altogether if the show is cancelled permanently. Such actions can have a major affect on these companies through their stores, sales and credibility. Other companies and brand names that have advertised on “19 Kids and Counting” include: Ace Hardware, Adam and Eve, Allstate insurance, Apple, Behr paint, Benjamin Moore, Bertolli, ConAgra Foods, Crayola, CVS, David’s Bridal, Discover Card, Disney, Firehouse Subs, Frontline Plus, Geico, H&R Block, Jimmy Dean, John Frieda hair products, King’s Hawaiian, Kohl’s, Life Alert, Listerine, Little Caesar’s pizza, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Minute Maid, Monsanto, Naked Juice, Ocsar Mayer, Olay, Panera Bread, Party City, Philadelphia cream cheese, Ricola, Pizza Hut, Pure Leaf iced tea, Quaker Oats, Sherwin-Williams, Skinny Cow candy, State Farm insurance, Susan G. Komen, Swiffer, Wyndham hotels and resorts.
Since a few major sponsors are pulling away from the reality show and no longer want to be associated with it for fear that they will be on the flip side of bad publicity in the near future for supporting the show. Losing a large number of advertisers may just have a lot to do with TLC’s final decision as to whether or not to keep “19 Kids and Counting” on the air or cancel the show permanently and if they do should they keep the re-runs of past shows airing or just officially step away.
While the show’s schedule has been pulled from TLC it hasn’t been officially cancelled and true fans still have hope their favorite show will resume once again for their viewing pleasure.