KEY POINTS

  • Josh Duggar has pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography
  • Twitter users are calling for "Counting On" to be canceled and for the Duggar family to be banned after allegedly enabling Josh
  • Fans fired back saying Josh's siblings should not suffer for his actions 

Calls are growing for the cancellation of TLC's "Counting On" and for the Duggar family to never be given a reality show again after Josh Duggar was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography in Arkansas Friday.

During a court hearing Friday, Josh pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children. The 33-year-old rose to fame together with his family on "19 Kids and Counting," which ran for nine seasons before TLC canceled it in 2015 in the wake of Josh's molestation scandal.

Although Josh does not appear in the "19 Kids and Counting" spinoff show "Counting On," which aired its 11th season last year, fans and social media users have urged the network to take the show off the air and ban the family for good for allegedly enabling Josh, who had been investigated for child molestation of five girls when he was a teen.

"I'm going to ask every day: @TLC are you going to cancel the @duggarfam's Counting On show? The Duggar family enables child sex abuse. Letting them have airtime is a slap in the face to all victims. Also, 'quiverfull' ideology harms girls & enables abusers. #CancelCountingOn," one person tweeted.

"People are calling for TLC to cancel the show because the money from the show goes to the Duggar dad & the dad controls the content of the show. The money from the show is funding Josh’s defense, & the show serves as propaganda for the family & their toxic beliefs," another wrote.

"@TLC Get rid of the cult Duggar. This family supports s--t like Josh Duggar. They don't care what their piece of s--t son did. This family needs to be removed even before counting on. Your network support Men who touched and likes to watch children under 12 porn," a third user added.

However, other fans argued that while his parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar may be questionable, Josh's siblings, two of whom had been his victims, had done nothing wrong and should not suffer consequences for his actions. Supporters also pointed out that Josh has never been part of "Counting On."

"If you cancel one show cancel all. Why should Jessa and Ben or John an abbie suffer. That's my point Josh and his parents have nothing to do with the other kids. Leave their show alone. Josh was already removed from the original show. Counting on doesn't even talk about him," Tamara Newman wrote.

"Instead of canceling, I would like to see a show depicting the 18 other kids ... with no Josh, Jim Bob, or Michelle. Not in backgrounds, no interviews. To cancel the show could be victimizing the young women again," another user added

"Joshua has not been on the show since 2017 or so. The show now is 'Counting On' with the siblings and their families. Why cancel the show when the person accused is not apart [sic] of the show. Seems like victim blaming to me," a third user commented.

Josh was accused of allegedly using "the internet to download child sexual abuse material," the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas said in a statement Friday. Some of the material "depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019," according to the statement.

Duggar could face a fine of $250,000 and a prison sentence of up to 20 years for each count if convicted.

TLC released a statement last week following Josh's arrest and indictment. 

"TLC is saddened to learn about the continued troubles involving Josh Duggar," the network said in a statement to People. "'19 Kids and Counting' has not aired since 2015. TLC cancelled the show on the heels of prior allegations against Josh Duggar and he has not appeared on-air since then."

In 2015, a 2006 police report surfaced detailing that Josh molested five underage girls, including his sisters Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa Seewald, as a teen. 

Josh's sisters, Jessa and Jinger, have also spoken out following his arrest, while Jim Bob and Michelle thanked those who continue to pray for them in their own statement addressing their eldest son's charges.

counting on The new season of “Counting On” will include several big moments for the Duggar family. Photo: TLC