“19 Kids and Counting” has been taken off the air on TLC, following the shocking news that Josh Duggar molested several young girls (and his younger sisters) as a teenager.
The show has not been officially cancelled at this time, but has been removed from the network’s lineup.
The decision comes one day after Josh Duggar, the oldest son of the family featured on the reality show, admitted that he molested young girls when he was a teenager.
Fans found it even more disgusting to learn that his parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, apparently tried to cover up the scandal.
TLC said in a statement, “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.”
The day before the statement was released, the network decided to run a marathon of the show that heavily featured Josh.
Fans were outraged due to the circumstances.
The molestation rumors were confirmed on Thursday when an official police report was made public, forcing both Josh and his parents to make statements about the incidents.
Josh, 27, made a statement, saying, “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.”
The move by TLC is just the latest blow for the Duggars, after Josh was also forced to step down from his job as an executive at The Family Research Council.
The police report detailed Josh’s molestation of five minors in 2002 and 2003.
Mike Huckabee came out defending the Duggars, writing on Facebook, “Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, “inexcusable,” but that doesn’t mean “unforgivable.”
‘He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.”
The presidential hopeful closed his statement by saying, “Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support.”
Another former TLC star, Mama June, who starred on “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” until it was canceled, threatened to sue the network.
She is considering launching a lawsuit against TLC if they do not cancel the Duggars show.
Her show was axed after a photo of her with a convicted child molester, Mark McDaniel, was made public.
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