Is the future of 19 Kids and Counting in trouble?
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar sat down with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Wednesday for their first interview in the wake of the molestation scandal surrounding their eldest son Josh. In the wide-ranging, one-hour sit-down, the Duggars addressed the future of their popular TLC series.
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“I don’t know if the rest of our family should be punished for the act of one of our children [for] something that happened 12 years ago or not, but we are fine whether they film us or not. We are going to go on and live life, and we are going to serve God and make a difference in the world,” Jim Bob said.
“And enjoy our children and enjoy our grandchildren and move on with life,” Michelle said. “Either way we’re at peace.”
When Kelly asked whether the Duggars believe 19 Kids and Counting will be canceled or if TLC has given them any indication on their decision, Michelle and Jim Bob skirted around the question. Instead, Jim Bob went on to claim that the family was being attacked.
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“At this point our family is just trying to regroup from these attacks,” Jim Bob said. “And when you’re in every newspaper and everything throughout the world, it’s been an unprecedented attack to our family.”
In late May, In Touch magazine first broke the news of molestation claims filed against Josh in 2006 alleging that he had molested underage girls between 2002 and 2003 – and the fallout has put the future of 19 Kids and Counting into question.
TLC has since pulled all broadcasts of 19 Kids from schedule and removed full episodes from its website. Hulu also stopped streaming the reality series, instead directing visitors to the TLC website, and more than 20 advertisers, from Ace Hardware and General Mills to Walgreens and Allstate, have also dropped 19 Kids and Counting.
Though TLC has yet to officially cancel 19 Kids and Counting, there is speculation that the cable network may be eyeing a spinoff featuring Duggar siblings Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, who were identified as two of the girls Josh molested as a teen.
Episodes of 19 Kids and Counting featuring Jill and Jessa’s wedding and pregnancy news have been some of the highest-rated in the show’s history.
Watch a clip from Megyn Kelly's interview with Michelle and Jim Bob's sit-down below.