Jessa Seewald is reportedly upset following TLC's decision to cancel "19 Kids and Counting" after nearly a decade on the air. The network announced on July 16 that it would not be moving forward with a new season of the Duggar family's reality TV show. The cancellation came nearly six weeks after it surfaced that star Josh Duggar had molested several young girls when he was 14. Seewald, 22, is currently expecting her first child and was reportedly really looking forward to sharing that journey with viewers.
People magazine reports that Jessa and her husband, Ben Seewald, were elated to be expanding their family and wanted to share that part of their life on "19 Kids." The fact that Jessa's sister Jill Dillard was able to share her pregnancy journey with the world before the show's cancellation has made it that much harder on Jessa, according to sources. The publication reports that Jessa was hopeful she would land a birthing special of her own, similar to the one TLC gave Jill, 24.
"It is now bittersweet, because it's not lost on [Jessa] that Jill giving birth to Israel got an entire TLC special devoted to it," a source said. "Jessa would have liked to have had the same sort of platform to give thanks, show what a miracle she feels her child is and express her gratitude."
Last month, it was announced that TLC planned to cancel the series after much outcry from viewers. In an attempt to reverse the damage, they have partnered with RAINN and Darkness to Light, two prominent organizations with a focus on child sexual abuse, for on-going campaigns to raise awareness and start discussions in the homes of their viewers. As part of this continuous campaign, TLC has created an hour-long documentary, titled "Breaking the Silence," featuring testimonies from survivors of sexual abuse. Jill and Jessa, both victims of their brother Josh, now 27, will share their experiences with sexual abuse on the show. The special will air on Sunday, Aug. 30.
Although Jessa will not be able to share her pregnancy with the world via TLC, she continues to provide updates on Twitter and Instagram. She has shared numerous bump and sonogram photos since announcing her pregnancy in April, and it appears that, even without a public platform, she and Ben, 20, are happy as could be. She is due to give birth on Nov. 1.
— Jessa Seewald (@JessaSeewald) August 19, 2015