Well, well, well … what do you know? TLC has gone and canned its 19 Kids and Counting series in the wake of news that the oldest Duggar, Josh, now married and working on his own no doubt ridiculously large family, had on several occasions molested girls, some allegedly his own sisters, when he was a young teenager. The full details of the molesting will never be known as a judge ordered the destruction of all files related to the case. But I think it safe to assume it involved more than the chaste side-hugs that the family
And the family isn’t denying anything. They say they have moved on from that bad time, and that Josh received appropriate counseling. In fact it seems he was sent to another family of adherents to the Advanced Training Institute for in-house care; I wonder if they had any daughters.
Since their popularity rose, the Duggars have made any number of comments regarding other people’s lifestyles; hurling stones at gays, lesbians and transgender folks all the while living in their own glass house. This group is a bible-thumping sect in a pickle jar. The matriarch, Michelle, kept popping out babies like a Pez dispenser. The kids are all home-schooled lest the real world appear attractive to them and they bolt. With two daughters married recently all was hunky dory in Duggar-land until this bombshell.
So time will tell if TLC sticks to its guns and keeps the Duggars under wraps, or, given the show’s popularity – it must be a nice little earner for the network – bring them back. This is, after all, the network that lives off the fat of the land with the My 600 Pound Life series, so anything is possible.
But if the network doesn’t continue with the series the Duggars my find themselves in a bit of a financial pickle. As the turmoil rages, and the need for cash grows, I suggest Jim Bob get in touch with Hugh Hefner at Playboy and discuss the possibility of a Girls of the Duggar Family issue. Of course initially the two will be talking at cross purposes with Jim Bob willing to provide a few racy shots of Jinger’s kneecaps, or Jana’s back while Hef will want some actual T&A shots.
Whoever said the bigger they are the harder they fall can put another feather in their cap.