Following the cancellation of TLC's “19 Kids and Counting” amid revelations of a sex scandal involving star Josh Duggar when he was a teen, a 2008 clip from the show has resurfaced showing Duggar joking about incest. In the video, the then-21-year-old made a reference to two of his younger siblings, twins Jana and John David Duggar, dating. “We are from Arkansas, no?” he said.
The clip referred to a time when Jana and John David, now 25, were chosen to chaperone Josh's date with now wife Anna. The Duggar family are famously conservative Christians, and the children typically do not go on dates without chaperones.
"We chose Jana and John David," Duggar said in the video. "We thought, why not have a double date?"
The video with the incest joke, made when the reality show was called “17 Kids and Counting,” comes at a time when Duggar is facing accusations of child molestation charges, after he admitted he sexually abused five underage girls in 2002 and 2003.
“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,” Duggar wrote on Facebook. “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. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”
The reality star admitted to touching the genitals and breasts of the girls as they slept. Duggar has since resigned from his position with the Family Research Council, and TLC has cancelled the show as of last Friday.
"Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of '19 Kids and Counting' currently from the air," TLC network officials told the Daily News. "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."