Michelle Duggar in First Interview Post Son's Molestation Scandal: 'We Felt We're Failures'
By Raphael Chestang
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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar finally address the controversy surrounding their family.
Sitting down with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, the 19 Kids and Counting matriarch opens up about what it was like when their son Josh, then a teenager, allegedly confessed to engaging in inappropriate behavior with at least five underage girls.
"There was so much grief in our hearts," Michelle says, tearing up in the 30-second promo. "I think as parents we felt we're failures. Here we've tried to raise our kids to do what's right -- to know what's right -- and yet one of our children made some really bad choices and I think as parents we were just devastated."
Josh's younger sisters Jill Dillard, 24, and Jessa Seawald, 22, will also reportedly be interviewed for the Fox News special.
"I think as parents we felt we’re failures."In an exclusive interview, Megyn Kelly talks to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to discuss the controversy surrounding their family. Tune in for more tonight at 9p ET on 'The Kelly File.' http://bit.ly/1EX5cFC
In Touchfirst broke the news of claims filed in 2006 against the Duggar's eldest son that he allegedly molested underage girls between the years of 2002 and 2003. The magazine also published an additional police report Wednesday morning just hours before the interview that provided more details about the allegations.
Josh, now 27,released a statement on the family's Facebook page last month, writing, "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. 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."
The Duggar family, including Josh's wife Anna, remain supportive of Josh. Anna explained that Josh told her and her family about his alleged past indiscretions when the couple began courting.
"I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock," Anna said. "When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was -- even every difficult past mistakes."
Josh had been working in Washington, D.C. as executive director of FRC Action, the political arm of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group. In the wake of these accusations, he has resigned his position.
TLC has pulled all future airings of 19 Kids and Counting as more and more sponsors began to pull their ads. The reality show's future remains up in the air.
Click here for a full timeline of the alleged events.