TLC pulls 19 Kids and Counting following child molestation scandal
This may sound familiar but TLC has been forced to pull a high-profile series following child-molestation allegations. The latest series to get the axe from the network is ’19 Kids and Counting.’ This marks the second show since ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ to be pulled by the network following a sex-scandal involving minors.
TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” just finished its latest season this past Tuesday, and it looks like the show won’t be returning anytime soon. Episodes of the show have been pulled from the schedule, and the network is expected to cancel the series over the next few days, but the only official statement released by the network so far read that TLC was, “deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”
The scandal behind the series sits with Josh Duggar, a regular on the show, who recently publicly apologized for having “acted inexcusably” in his teen-years with several minors, some of which including his sisters. The apology came after Josh Duggar suddenly resigned from the Family Research Council (FRC) saying he was “deeply sorry” for “my wrongdoing.” That wrongdoing is connected to an official investigated that accused Duggar of allegedly fondling underage girls, including some of his sisters, back when he was a teenager.
Duggar is now 27 and somehow has kept all of this quiet while his series has been raking-in millions for TLC. On Facebook this week Duggar stated that 12 years ago he “acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” and that he “confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.”
Duggar then continued, “We spoke with the authorities, where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life.” Following these events, Josh Duggar also resigned as executive director of the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.
Duggar’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, also left a statement saying, “Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God.”
It was less than a year ago that TLC was forced to cancel the network’s ultra-popular series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” The network canceled the show after it was reported that the child’s mother, Mama June, was once again dating a former boyfriend that was convicted of child molestation. Not only was she dating a convicted child-molestor, but the previous victim was one of Mama June’s daughters. Mama June’s daughter, Anna Cardwell, confirmed she had been a victim of Mark McDaniel when she was only eight-years old and reported that June was continuing the relationship.