After 10 seasons, the Duggar family's reality show is going off the air.
TLC pulled the reality show in May, and while it was once thought that Jessa and Jill Duggar would get a spin-off series
, those rumors were quickly shot down. Jill (Duggar) Dillard has since moved overseas
to do mission work with her husband Derick and their newborn baby Israel.
"Today, TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting," Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar said in a statement obtained by ET. "Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God."
"Over the last several years people have said to us, 'We love your show!' We have always responded, 'It's not a show, it's our lives!' Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life's problems," the statement continues. "It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well."
Expressing their gratitude to their viewers, the Duggars add, "We appreciate the love, support, prayers and kindness extended to us by many of you. You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time."
TLC also announced that they plan to raise awareness about child sexual abuse through a one-hour, commercial-free documentary that is set to air in late August. The Duggars
say they will be a part of this project.
"We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many," says Jim Bob and Michelle. "We love each of you and look forward to unfolding the future with peace and joy."
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