Two months ago, InTouchWeekly published a 2006 police report regarding allocations that Josh Duggar had fondled several girls and that his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, took more than a year to report the abuse to the police.
Following the report, TLC pulled the Duggar’s popular reality show 19 Kids & Counting from their schedule and issued this statement: “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”
Today, the cable channel has cancelled the series after 10 seasons and multiple specials. The most recent season of the show wrapped in May. Here’s their statement:
An Official Statement From TLC
After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air.
The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.
Over these past weeks, TLC has consulted regularly with leading victims’ rights and advocacy organizations in the U.S., including RAINN and Darkness to Light, to discuss how to use this moment to address the issue and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated issue; it affects many children and families around the world. To that end, we are partnering with both organizations on a multi-platform campaign to raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue. In the first phase of this initiative, TLC will work closely with both groups and with the Duggar family on a one-hour documentary that will include Jill and Jessa and other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse.
TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help. The documentary will be commercial free, and we anticipate it will air later this summer
What do you think? Do you like the 19 Kids & Counting TV show? Do you agree with the cancellation? Should it have come sooner?