After month’s of speculation, TLC has officially pulled the plug on ’19 Kid and Counting.’ That’s not all. The network will NOT be airing any reruns of the hit show. Now that the announcement has been made, Jim Bob Duggar and his family are speaking out.
The fate of 19 Kids and Counting is no longer hanging in limbo. TLC took a giant step in the right direction after Josh Duggar‘s molestation scandal broke, and cancelled his family’s reality show. Read Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle‘s emotional statement.
“After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air,” TLC revealed in an official statement on July 16, adding that “the recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.” It didn’t take long for Jim Bob and his wife to respond on behalf of their big family.
Read The Duggar Family’s Full Statement Below
Today, TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting.
Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God. We are so thankful for our film crew that has shown up at our house for over a decade. They have become like family to us. They have invested their time and energy into our lives and have been so loving and patient. We love and appreciate them so much!
Over the last several years people have said to us, “We love your show!” We have always responded, “It’s not a show, it’s our lives!” Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life’s problems. With God’s grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become. It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.
We appreciate the love, support, prayers and kindness extended to us by many of you. You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time. God’s faithfulness and goodness to us, along with His abundant grace have given us strength and joy even in the most difficult days. We have committed to Him that in all things—difficulties or success, good times or bad—we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family.
We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many. We know Who holds the future and are confident that He will work all things together for good. We love each of you and look forward to unfolding the future with peace and joy.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family
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— Brittany King