Two months after announcing the cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting” TLC has revealed the Duggar family will be returning to their airwaves. On Thursday, TLC confirmed that two of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s daughters, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, will be getting their own specials on the network. The parents took to their Facebook fan page to rave about the news, telling fans they’re “grateful” their children will be coming back to TV.
“We are grateful that the new TLC specials set to air this fall will be sharing special moments with Jill, Derick and Israel on the foreign mission field and following Ben and Jessa as they prepare for the arrival of their first baby!” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wrote. The couple added that they’re appreciative of “all their prayers” their fans have gifted them over the past couple of months, saying, “God has drawn us closer to Him and to each other this summer.”
Jill Dillard has since spoken out about her upcoming special. “We’re looking forward to reconnecting with everyone with the new specials on TLC,” she posted to Instagram Thursday night.
As previously reported, Jill Dillard left for an extended mission trip overseas with her husband, Derick Dillard, and son, Israel David, in July. Since leaving the family of three has returned for brief trips to the U.S. Jill Dillard, 24, says she’s excited to be able to share their journey with fans. “Many have asked about our mission work and about the challenges of taking our family to a different country, culture and learning a new language," she explained.
While Jill Dillard is excited about the idea of sharing an updated look at her life with fans, her sister, Jessa Seewald, 22, is looking forward to sharing her baby journey. As most Duggar fans are aware, Jessa and Ben Seewald are expecting their first child together. Their baby of an undetermined gender is due Nov. 1.
34 weeks 2 days! pic.twitter.com/gxf9iKDQfg
— Jessa Seewald (@JessaSeewald) September 22, 2015
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to share our enthusiasm about being new parents with the upcoming specials on TLC,” the Seewalds said in a statement on their blog. “It’s a very exciting time preparing for the arrival of our baby. We hope you’ll tune in.”
TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” in July two months after it came to light that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s eldest son, Josh Duggar, had molested five underage girls as a teenager. Two of his victims were later confirmed to be Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard.
The upcoming specials are not the first time TLC viewers will see the Duggars since the show’s cancellation. Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald and Michelle Duggar made cameos on the network’s child sex abuse documentary “Breaking the Silence" in August.