In a shocking move, TLC opted to air a marathon of ’19 Kids & Counting’ on May 22 after Josh Duggar broke his silence regarding child molestation claims on May 21. Viewers took to Twitter to voice their outrage.
In the wake of Josh Duggar, 27, responding to allegations that he molested five underage girls as a teen, TLC, home of 19 Kids & Counting, aired a marathon of the reality show on May 21. Viewers were extremely upset by the marathon, and many called the move “disgusting” and “absolutely terrible.”
’19 Kids & Counting’ Marathon Airs Amidst Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal
The marathon aired on TLC from 7:00 p.m on May 21 to 3:00 a.m. on May 22. This directly coincided with Josh and other members of the Duggar family speaking out about the terrible child molestation allegations. It appears that TLC decided not to pull the marathon in the midst of the scandal. The decision didn’t go over well whatsoever with viewers on Twitter.
This is how they responded:
After news of Josh Duggar sexually abusing his sisters, @TLC airs a marathon of 19 Kids and Counting instead of cancelling it. Disgusting.
— Ketsuda (@kphoutinane) May 22, 2015
Josh Duggar admitted to molesting his younger sisters and TLC still aired a marathon of 19 Kids and Counting… REALLY? 👀 #CancelTheDuggars
— Janie Ragsdale (@Janie_Elainey) May 22, 2015
How is there a “19 kids and counting” marathon on TLC when one of the cast member literally confessed to molesting several girls??????? — Nany (@nannny_w) May 22, 2015
So confused as to why @TLC is currently showing a 19 Kids and Counting marathon. Absolutely terrible.
— B (@bethanybee626) May 22, 2015
— Huntér. (@hunterbgibson) May 22, 2015
Is it cynical or tone deaf that TLC is airing a 19 Kids and Counting mini-marathon in wake of Josh Duggar news?
— Jeff Pfeiffer (@ChannelGuideJP) May 22, 2015
After the allegations were initially made public, viewers got so angry about the situation they flocked to Twitter to demand the show be cancelled.
Josh Duggar Releases Statement Amidst Allegations
Josh finally broke his silence regarding the molestation claims on May 21. He released a statement and revealed that he was resigning from his position at the Family Research Council.
Here is his statement, via PEOPLE:
“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.”
HollywoodLifers, should TLC apologize for airing a marathon of 19 Kids & Counting? Let us know.
— Avery Thompson