Although everyone is talking about Josh Duggar’s shocking molestation scandal right now, it’s not the first time a TLC star — or series — was at the center of controversy.
From the latest sex scandal with 19 Kids & Counting star Josh Duggar, to the nasty divorce of Jon & Kate + 8 stars Jon and Kate Gosselin, TLC has seen it’s fair share of wild headlines. Let’s recap some of the most wild and shocking scandals the network has had over the years.
Josh Duggar’s Sex Scandal & More Of TLC’s Shocking Moments
We’re all still reeling from the horrific report that Josh allegedly molested not one, but five young girls when he was just 14 years old. But, this is not the first time a huge TLC star has been at the center of such a shocking story.
Mama June’s Convicted Child Molester Boyfriend — ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’
In late 2014, TLC was forced to cut the cord on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after Mama June was caught hanging out her ex-boyfriend Mark McDaniel — a man who was convicted of sexually assaulting her own daughter. The shocking reports left everyone floored, especially when Anna Cardwell openly revealed that she had been molested by Mark when she was just a little girl.
Jon & Kate Gosselin’s Divorce — ‘Jon & Kate + 8’
One of the first family to capture America’s hearts on TLC was the Gosselins, and no one could believe when Jon and Kate revealed they were getting divorced in mid-2009. Once the divorce was revealed, TLC changed the name of the show from Jon & Kate Plus 8 to just Kate Plus 8 — which was later cancelled in 2011.
Sexist Series Suggests Women Should Submit To Their Husbands — ‘Submissive Wives’
Women, wives, and mothers from all over the world were left outraged when the first promo for Submissive Wives hit the air. The brand-new TLC show revolves around two women who live by the “submissive” code, which means their lives revolve around making and keeping their husbands happy at any and all costs. The series has terrible timing, as the fight for women’s equality is at an all-time high.
Dr. Jennifer Arnold’s Terrifying Cancer Scare — ‘The Little Couple’
This was not necessarily a scandal, but viewers were left heartbroken when Dr. Jennifer Arnold of The Little Couple revealed that she was suffering from cancer. The brave mother of two adopted children aired almost her entire struggle with cancer, from diagnosis all the way to her recovery. Now, she’s cancer free!
Josh Duggar Accused Of Molesting 5 Minors When He Was 14 — ’19 Kids & Counting’
Last but not least, we round out these shocking moments with the latest — Josh’s horrific past as an alleged child molester. The accusations surfaced in May 2015, and then an eye-opening police report from 2006 revealed that Josh had allegedly fondled five young females, some of which were sleeping at the time. Although he and the family released statements about the awful allegations, viewers remain sickened and incredibly unhappy that the series remains on air.
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— Susan Johnson