TLC has pulled the plug on their hit reality show and in their statement released, May 22 they admitted they were ‘deeply saddened’ by the Duggar family scandal.
Say goodbye to 19 Kids & Counting. TLC swiftly pulled the reality show after it was revealed that Josh Duggar, 27, had molested 5 girls when he was a minor. The statement told fans of the show that they were ‘troubled’ by the new allegations — but the questions remains: will they be cancelling the show for good?
TLC’s Statement On Josh Duggar: Network Responds To Molestation Claims
TLC officially announced that as ofMay 22, all episodes of the hit show were pulled the show off the air via their Facebook page:.
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.
We’ve told you that the molestations happened in 2002 and 2003 when Josh was 14. The report claims that the reality star groped the genitals and breasts of 5 girls, some of which were his sisters.
The molestations were not reported until 2006 and by then the statute of limitations had already passed. This means that Josh could not be prosecuted.
Oprah Refused To Have Duggars On Show After Molestation Tip
We told you that Oprah‘s team received an email tipping them off about Josh in 2006 and that’s when they sent it to a child abuse hotline, according to TMZ. The Arkansas State Police immediately reached out to Michelle Duggar about Josh and said they wanted him in for questioning. Subsequently the interview with Oprah was squashed and the family went back to Arkansas.
Josh Apologizes For Molesting Minors & Duggar’s Release Emotional Statement
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.
Josh’s parents, Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle, 48, also released their own statement:
“Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.”
Josh’s wife, Anna Duggar released her own thoughts after the news broke:
I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. 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 very difficult past mistakes
HollywoodLifers, do you think it’s right to cancel the show?
— Chloe Melas