TLC Pulls '19 Kids and Counting' in Wake of Josh Duggar Child Molestation Admission

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 1:01 PM PDT, May 22, 2015
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After Josh Duggar addressed molestation accusations, ET confirms that TLC has pulled all airings of the Duggar family's TV show. General Mills also confirms to ET that they have removed all advertising to the show.

The network released a statement on Friday saying, "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. 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."

On Thursday, Josh responded to reports that he molested underage girls when he was a teen. In Touch magazine was the first to report that the eldest Duggar son sexually assaulted five girls, possibly including his sisters.

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"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," Josh said in a statement on the family's Facebook page. "I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. 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."

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Josh also resigned from his position as executive director of FRC Action, the political arm of the Family Research Council, in wake of the accusations.

TLC aired a 19 Kids and Counting marathon on Thursday, which immediately sparked a backlash on social media, including fellow former TLC star Mama June.