“19 Kids and Counting” might be done for good. After shocking allegations that Josh Duggar molested his own sisters when they were minors, TLC pulled the hit show from the airwaves, the Hollywood Reporter wrote Friday.
“Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of ‘19 Kids and Counting’ currently from the air. 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,” the network said in a statement late Friday. They did not mention if the show would be canceled.
Outrage erupted Thursday night when TLC ran a marathon of the show, hours after the family acknowledged the sex scandal. As of Friday morning, it has been taken off the air, TLC noted.
The Duggars issued an official statement Thursday. Josh, 27, wrote: "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. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation."
His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, added: “Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong,” they said. "We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family.”
Not only are the Duggars’ reputations at risk, but their bank accounts are also. Since they’ve been on the show, the family fortune has grown to an estimated $3.5 million, Starcasm wrote. Without the backing of TLC, the family, which is famously thrifty, may have to rely on some of its savings.
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