Jim Bob Duggar Spotted for First Time Since Son Josh's Ashley Madison Scandal

by Zach Seemayer 7:30 PM PDT, August 26, 2015
Playing Jim Bob Duggar Spotted for First Time Since Son Josh's Ashley Madison Scandal

Reality star Jim Bob Duggar, patriarch of the Duggar family, was spotted in public on Tuesday for the first time since his eldest son Josh was embroiled in an Ashley Madison scandal less than a week ago.

Jim Bob, 50, who gained fame appearing with his sizable family on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, was photographed running errands around his home town of Springdale, Arkansas.


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It appears Jim Bob left the family's large compound to make a stop at their local bank. An eyewitness tells ET that Jim Bob drove fast and was openly irritated at the photographer who snapped his picture. After leaving, Jim Bob immediately returned to the family home.

Jim Bob, his wife Michelle, and most of their family have been keeping a low profile after Josh publically admitted to being unfaithful to his wife Anna in a statement released last Thursday.

Josh's admission came after hackers leaked a list of people who have private accounts with Ashely Madison -- an adult dating site aimed at helping people in relationships connect to have affairs.

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"I have been the biggest hypocrite ever," wrote Josh. "While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife."

The original statement included an admission to "viewing pornography on the internet," which was later removed in a revised statement.

After the admission, Josh and his wife went to stay at their farm house in the mountains of Arkansas, while Jim Bob and Michelle remained behind closed doors -- even skipping Sunday service at their church.

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Earlier this year, Josh and the Duggar family found themselves in the media spotlight when Josh admitted to molesting five young girls -- four of whom were his younger sisters -- as a teenager. In the wake of the controversy, TLC cancelled 19 Kids and Counting in July, and Josh resigned from his job as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council.

The same day that Jim Bob was photographed leaving his bank, the family released a statement claiming Josh has checked himself into a "long-term treatment center" and is seeking help. Check out the video below for more.