Anna and Josh Duggar are ready to move forward after a string of damaging scandals and a six-month stint in rehab rocked their marriage — as well as his family relationships. With his rehab for pornography addiction behind him, Josh, Anna and the rest of the Duggar family are ready to move on, which she spoke openly about on TLC's new series, "Jill and Jessa: Counting On" on Tuesday.
During the show's season premiere, Anna, 27, spent time with her in-laws. During the gathering — which People magazine reports was shot around the holiday season — she opened up to them about Josh, 28, who will not be featured on the show. The mother of four shared with the Duggars just how important each of them was in his recovery. She can be heard saying that without them to support him and "talk straight" about his wrongdoings, Josh would not be where he is today. Anna added that she was excited to see what the future has in store for each of them.
"He loves each one of you guys very much and is just really grateful for a family that's willing to talk straight and to grieve when you've fallen, but also to love and forgive and have hope," Anna said. "So I look forward to seeing what God has [in store for] the future."
Anna isn't the only member of the Duggar family looking forward to moving on from this situation. John-David Duggar, the second-eldest Duggar boy, appeared on "Good Morning America" on Monday to talk about "Counting On." He told host Paula Faris that the coming season will focus on his and his family's attempts to get back to their normal lives after this dark time.
An earlier clip from "Counting On" also showcased Anna's struggle to pick up the pieces after Josh's mistakes. On March 9, TLC released a preview for the coming season, which showed her admitting to viewers that even though months have passed since news of her husband's shocking infidelity broke, she still is unsure how to handle the situation. Anna said she simply tries to "do the next right thing" and come up with the right responses for questions about both the cheating and Josh's past molestation acts.
"I don't know what I'm stepping into," she said. "I don't know how to handle each situation. It's not anything I ever would have thought I would walk through."
Although much of TLC's latest Duggar-centric show will focus on Josh, the father of four will not appear onscreen. According to TMZ's sources, the Duggar family collectively agreed that it was in the best interest of their strong Christian brand to keep Josh off camera. The source added that he will not only be excluded from filming, but from all Duggar-related appearances.
"Jill and Jessa: Counting On" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on TLC.