The move comes about two months after conservative activist and former Family Research Council staffer Joshua Duggar was arrested on charges of receiving and possessing illicit images of child sexual abuse. He faces decades in prison and the (now-delayed) trial will begin in November.
Joshua wasn’t even on the show Counting On, but TLC has clearly had enough of this broken Christian family.
“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On,” the network said in a statement to Us Weekly. “TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”
More like TLC doesn’t want to be in a business of promoting a family with an alleged child molester. Whatever the rest of the Duggars are doing isn’t worth the bad publicity. A Change.org petition calling for the network to break all ties with the Duggars got nearly 30,000 signatures, though that’s probably not the reason TLC made the move.
Today’s decision is even more striking because the family’s previous show, 19 Kids and Counting, was also canceled due to a Josh Duggar sex abuse scandal. TLC thought it could keep working with the family sans Joshua… but his scandals proved too toxic. Without the show, the family is losing a major cash cow as well as a major platform for their (harmful) conservative Christian lifestyle.
The final episode of Counting On aired last September. Whatever they’ve filmed since then likely won’t be aired.