A media war has intensified as two major news organizations battle for an exclusive interview with reality TV star Josh Duggar about his child molestation scandal, HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY reports.
He’s at the center of a child molestation scandal, but that hasn’t stopped two major network shows from offering 19 Kids & Counting star Josh Duggar, 27, a platform to discuss the real issues behind his crimes, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned. So, will he take one of their deals?
Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal: Media Interview War
It was revealed that Oprah Winfrey refused to interview the family in 2006, after her production team Harpo received an email detailing Josh’s molestation allegations, reports TMZ. But other media outlets haven’t followed suit.
“While Oprah may have cancelled the opportunity for an interview with the family because of a tip off about the allegations, that isn’t deterring others,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Shows from two major networks have contacted the family members personally for a chat with Josh, presumably for a major TV ratings winner.
“They’ve offered Josh the opportunity to give his side of the story, and want to get behind the reason of why he’s committed such atrocities.
“It’s a daring move by both, considering how dark and badly received this story has been. But, like all things, the networks consider it will draw large audiences because of its scandalous content.”
But, despite their eagerness in getting Josh to give his side of the story, the media outlets concerned are refusing to pay the reality TV star for his time. That’s right, they want him to talk for free.
“So far, money hasn’t been put on the table just yet,” the source continued. “The networks just want to give Josh the opportunity to clear his name.”
Between 2002 and 2003, Josh allegedly groped the genitals and breasts of 5 underage girls, some who were sleeping at the time, the police report obtained by InTouch claims.
However, the molestations weren’t reported to police until 2006 and by then the statute of limitations had already passed and Josh couldn’t be prosecuted.
Since the revelation, Josh has apologized for molesting minors, resigning from his job at the Family Research Council on May 21.
“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,” he told People. “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.”
What d’you think HollywoodLifers? Would you watch an interview with Josh?
— Jon Boon