TLC “Deeply Saddened” As It Pulls All Episodes of ’19 Kids And Counting’ In Wake Of Child Molestation Allegations – Update

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UPDATED with TLC statement, 12:23 PM: “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 Discovery Communications network said in a statement just sent to the media. The network declined to elaborate as to whether this was a temporary situation.

PREVIOUSLY, 10:45 AM: TLC has yanked another of its reality series over child molestation allegations. This time it’s 19 Kids and Counting, which wrapped its latest season on Tuesday.

TLC has removed the series from its schedule for now, after Josh Duggar issued an apology on Facebook for “my wrongdoing” following press reports he had been investigated for allegedly fondling the breasts and genitals of underage girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager. But the network’s decision to pull the show also seems to follow an outbreak of online discussion since yesterday as to why the network and parent company continued its lucrative relationship with the family despite years-long rumors about some impropriety, that appeared to have caused Oprah Winfrey to abruptly cancel a Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar interview on her syndicated show in 2006, as well as reports Honey Boo Boo’s mother was mulling some legal action against the network for yanking her reality series over renewed relationship with former boyfriend/convicted child molester while not pulling the plug on the Duggar show.

In marked contrast to TLC’s reaction, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee today issued a ringing endorsement of the Duggar family, saying he and his wife “want to affirm our support for the Duggar family.” The Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar recently endorsed Huckabess’s White House bid.

“Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support,” Huckabee wrote on his Facebook page.

“Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable’,” Huckabee wrote, blasting the “blood-thirsty” media for  turning a years-old situation into this week’s headlines:

“Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand — that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature,” Huckabee said. “Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed — not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims.”

On the flip side, former TLC star Mama June Shannon, had this to day today about the Duggar clan: “I read that the Duggar family said this happening with their son brought them closer to God and each other. So they’re saying it’s OK to have family touch time? Hell no,” she told TMZ, which broke the news, and said Mama June she was mulling legal action if TLC didn’t pull 19 Kids after canceling her reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo over a past child molestation situation:

It was just seven months ago that TLC managed to wipe some of the ick off its image caused by that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo child molester storyline with a record-setting rating for a super-wholesome 19 Kids And Counting Duggar family wedding episode. Late yesterday, the network had been “no comment”-ing press inquiries about the future of the latter series, when molestation allegations surfaced about one of its regulars.

Josh Duggar yesterday resigned from his position as executive director of the lobbying arm of Family Research Council and issued a statement saying he had “acted inexcusably” and was “deeply sorry” for “my wrongdoing” following reports he had been investigated for allegedly molesting several underage girls when he also was underage. In a statement posted on Facebook yesterday, Duggar, now 27,  said that 12 years ago he “acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret” and that he “confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.”

He added: “We spoke with the authorities, where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life.”

His statement was posted hours after In Touch magazine said it had obtained a redacted report from the Springdale Police Department in Arkansas, allegedly showing Josh’s father, Jim Bob, waited more than a year before taking his teenage son to Arkansas State Police over the allegations. Police did not see through an investigation.

In that same Facebook post, Duggar’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle said: “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. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God.”

In October, a series-record average of 4.4 million people tuned in to see 19 Kids And Counting’s crazy-in-love virgins, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, get hitched — and perform their very first kiss and first fully sanctioned frontal hug. TLC was the No. 1 cable network of the night in total viewers and among all key women demos (3 rating with women 25-54 and women 18-49). The episode was the network’s most-viewed telecast in four years. The reality series’ most recent batch of episodes, Season 9A according to the network, but some insist it quacked more like Season 10, debuted in February and ended this past Tuesday. TLC has not yet announced whether it is picking up the reality series for another season.

Also in October, TLC pulled the plug on its reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after reports that the tot’s mother again was seeing a former boyfriend convicted of child molestation. Another of Mama June’s daughters, 20-year-old Anna Cardwell (aka Chickadee), came forward saying she had been a victim of Mark McDaniel at age 8 (McDaniel got out of prison in March). TLC, which cut ties to the show after confirming details of June’s renewed relationship with McDaniel, offered counseling to Anna, issuing a statement saying, “Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority.”

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279 Comments

  1. Barbon May 22, 2015 10:51 am

    Thank goodness it has been canceled!! I stopped watching the show when I learned that the one new son-in-law was caught kicking a cat and that Jim Bob stood there laughing!! Now, is THAT a Christian!?!?!?!

    • grizon May 22, 2015 10:56 am

      I’m just sad that anyone watched it in the first place.

      • Roqueon May 22, 2015 3:04 pm

        +1

        • Anonymouson May 23, 2015 10:58 am

          Tlc needs to fire the idiot approving these shows-they obviously are not doing ANY
          background checks or crimnal checks or court records check.
          I know of several new shows they are planning are with people using abreviated
          names so they don’t show up on a court records check or crimnal background check-people that have a violent history and court complaints.

          • GinjaAngleon May 30, 2015 2:12 pm

            As far as Josh Duggar, his record of inappropriate behavior and groppings of his sisters and one other female were done as an underage teen. As a result those incidents, which did NOT result in charges, were sealed and ordered destroyed by a Judge. What part of sealed and destroyed do you and everyone else NOT UNDERSTAND??? The redacted report should have never been leaked and this whole mess should never have been brought up in the media in the first place. It was supposed to have been sealed and destroyed. BECAUSE it happened as an underaged teen. This is the LAW!!! Not an excuse, but the LAW!!!

      • Educated Mindon May 23, 2015 11:10 am

        I’m sad that TLC didn’t see this coming. When you cast a bunch of freaks to do a show, what happens?….you get a bunch of freaks (i.e. people who are inclined to commit crimes). This will teach TLC for undertaking such programming. Hopefully there is a tidal change coming!

        • Anonymouson May 23, 2015 1:05 pm

          “Educated mind” you should go study logic to see all the fallacies you managed to put in such a short paragraph.
          Such as: Sweeping generalization, appeal to emotion, genetic fallacy, fallacy of presumption, etc..

          • Educated Mindon May 23, 2015 8:00 pm

            Shut your mouth with all that fallacy talk. TLC screwed up BIG TIME. They are in legal trouble and in dire need of new programming lest they repeat the same mistake yet again. Are you an assistant over there?

        • Lizon May 23, 2015 1:16 pm

          No, no… Word is going around that TLC knew and chose to do nothing. A bunch of greedy asses.

          • Scott Nevetson May 30, 2015 8:51 am

            I’d seen rumors on the internet about this for at least a few years now. And now, we obviously know that the rumors were true. But, if this was traveling around the internet for a few years, how did those people know, yet TLC didn’t? The answer is: TLC HAD to know.

        • Anonymouson May 25, 2015 9:28 am

          Amen!

        • JSon May 26, 2015 11:52 am

          Reality TV is, unfortunately, the new “sideshow” and Ryan Seacrest is the new P.T. Barnum.

          No offense to the real freaks.

          • Anonymouson May 28, 2015 5:02 am

            This freaks show is big money machine for both themselves and TLC and why would it be cancelled since it has been a good cash cow? We just need to stop watching the stupid show.

      • CKDon May 24, 2015 4:29 pm

        It was one of the few wholesome shows on TV. It’s sad to see so many hurt over the sins of one person. It’s like throwing out the baby with the bath water.

      • Anonymouson May 25, 2015 12:47 pm

        it actually is a great show so…

      • Ann Hon May 30, 2015 11:38 am

        Wonder about some of these reality shows too.

    • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 3:11 pm

      Be honest with yourself. Do you act like a Christian all the time? Do you find things funny that aren’t of God? Don’t expect perfection. It is unobtainable.

      • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 4:02 pm

        Amen

      • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 5:47 pm

        Well, but I don’t go on a television series or head up an evangelical hate group either. I don’t go around judging others and preaching to others on how one should behave and act and how one should repent, if I’m “sinning.”

        • Kimberlyon May 22, 2015 6:27 pm

          Amen

        • Kimberlyon May 22, 2015 6:29 pm

          Amen!! We are not here to judge that is our Maker’s job

          • Anonymouson May 27, 2015 6:46 pm

            The ground is equal at the cross.

        • Lynnon May 28, 2015 10:47 am

          First of all…don’t any of you judgemental people even think why would the liberal media bring this story up now after all these years? Josh was a kid , who did commit sin but like so many people today, he didn’t justify his actions or defend them .He admitted he did wrong, he confessed his sin, he repented and he asked for God’s and his victim’s forgiveness. This is what is expected of any one who sins. He and the girls recieved counseling and then they all put this behind them and moved on. DO any of you even think why this is comng back up now and why would they do this to the vitims anyway. If they cared about those girls-now grown women, they wouldn’t be doing this. Liberals are always attacking Christians and Christianity. If the Duggars were non Christians supporting liberalism…would this have even been brought back up now after all this time. It was handled back then and dealt with appropriately so exactly what is the motive for bringing this back up now?

          • Anonymouson May 28, 2015 4:52 pm

            I agree 100%!!! What are the motives behind bringing this up now?!

          • Anonymouson May 28, 2015 11:44 pm

            It wasn’t “handled” back then. The family offered “counseling” to Josh and the girls, but Josh, at least, never got any. Instead, he went off to work with a friend of the family for 3 months building houses. He asked forgiveness, but was never held accountable for his actions in a court of law. He says he knew if he didn’t change his ways, he’d ruin his life”. What about the lives of the girls that will be forever tainted? His sisters and female family friends! This is a sick cover up all the way around and a travesty for all those involved. Josh included. Michelle & Jim Bob should be held most accountable for their inaction in helping the minor children through this, instead of worrying about their image!

          • Anonymouson May 30, 2015 9:29 am

            I find it suspicious that this should have never been available for viewing by anyone as Josh was a minor but the suspicious part is that it didn’t come out until Josh started working for a political organization which makes it look like the liberal right were, again, looking to discredit a Christian. Why take off a show that is loved by so many for something that happened when one of them was a juvenile. It is nothing like honey boo boo where the mother is involved with an active child molester.

          • bob jimon May 30, 2015 3:24 pm

            You forgot to mention that Jim Bob KNEW about this molestation and kept it secret. He informed a cop friend of his who did not take action against josh but rather only spoke stern to him. It must be noted this cop was found guilty if kiddie porn. The point is Jim Bob hid this crime and was concerned more of his sons image rather the female victims who were harmed and violated by josh. Look at the big picture. Jim Bob is a bastard who portrays himself and family as saintly yet they cover their wicked acts at the expense of the victims. Image is more important to him.

          • Anonymouson May 30, 2015 8:18 pm

            Preach it sister. God bless the Duggars!!!

          • AutumnSkyon Jun 5, 2015 12:25 pm

            Unbelievable , you write about Josh repenting,then I guess in your way of thinking all anyone that committed a crime has to do is say he’s sorry and it’s all forgiven.You Hypocritical fake Christian . DO YOU EVER think about those girls,who he hurt, #1 They were betrayed by the two people who were supposed to love and protect them,their parents.#2 Those girls had to live in the same house as their abuser, and #3 they are now being pressured to defend that same man that did such an unthinkable act on them…Do you really think these girls will ever forget, or get over what was done to them.By Josh getting away with it and while all you people who think it should never be dealt with, need to recharge the battery in your dilutional,brain, how much self worth do you think those precious girls will have.

        • Sueon May 31, 2015 3:16 pm

          Exactly Duggar chose to put his family in the spot light especially when they were judging and all along they had this horrific secret karma sucks

      • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 5:54 pm

        At least we don’t molest children.

        • Anonymouson May 30, 2015 2:34 pm

          They should be more real, yet the act like if they are. They are so against jay and other thinks and just because he was a minor, Christian, and asked for forgiveness its ok? Where were the mom and dad when this was going on. Making more babies. Making babies is easy, but taking care of them is the heard part. You just don’t give the little ones to the older ones to take care of them while they are making more.

      • Victoriaon May 24, 2015 8:48 pm

        No one expects perfection – we just expect people to not molest children. ALL people. It is society’s job to protect children from predators, no matter what their religion.

        It’s sickening how some people try to excuse this behavior, and then call other people judgmental for being disgusted by it.

      • Anonymouson May 31, 2015 10:24 am

        Amen!

      • Anonymouson May 31, 2015 5:17 pm

        then dont say you are a christian. That is being honest

      • Open-mindedon May 31, 2015 10:23 pm

        Even Christians aren’t perfect and let’s all just be honest….who amoung us has not done something really stupid as a kid?? Ok, so maybe not this stupid but kids make mistakes. THAT’S part of how they learn. Don’t judge all Christians or even just a whole family over the mistakes a child made many years ago.

      • Sarah Elizabeth Olivier-Blanchetteon Jun 4, 2015 5:42 pm

        I’m not a christian at all

    • Anonymouson May 23, 2015 6:17 am

      As a cat lover, I think that’s terrible. ):

      • Anonymouson May 24, 2015 1:15 pm

        I’m very sorry for them

        • KTraxon May 27, 2015 11:48 pm

          Them who? The family or those poor girls who will have to remember it for the rest of their lives??? I feel sorry for the VICTIMS. Blows my mind that ANYONE EVER watched this family and now they are defending them! It’s sick and disgusting!

    • LaraCroftEyes (@LaraCroftEyes)on May 23, 2015 10:28 am

      It hasn’t been cancelled yet TLC pull the reruns off the aired and they better cancelled the show

      • Anonymouson May 27, 2015 4:58 pm

        yes cancelled the WHOLE show

    • CKDon May 24, 2015 4:27 pm

      He didn’t hurt the cat. If that’s all it takes for a person to be demonized, God have mercy on us all.

      • JSon May 26, 2015 11:54 am

        And kicking a baby doesn’t hurt the baby, either.

        • Kandi Young Traxelon May 28, 2015 2:40 pm

          Thank you for pointing that out. I’d never kick ANY living creature. Human or animal.

    • Anonymouson May 26, 2015 11:17 pm

      They came across so perfect. I’m very shocked. And saddened by this family. I hope the victims found or have found some help thru these years.

    • Booty Roachon May 27, 2015 7:08 pm

      You learned? He didn’t “kick a cat;” Derrick was snow-tubing & bearly missed a cat. The video is on YouTube, watch it for yourself. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but please don’t base it on lies & them pass on the lie.

    • Anonymouson May 30, 2015 12:06 pm

      I think the show should be cancelled. I know it has been a long time ago, but he shouldn’t be trusted with small children ever!!!

    • Anonymouson May 31, 2015 10:25 am

      Really? Lol. We can kill cows, chickens, and PIGS, and eat them but kicking a cat is immoral to you? Wow..

  2. grizon May 22, 2015 10:51 am

    Wow. A pattern. Imagine that. He needs to be prosecuted and the show cancelled. Just as Lena Dunham needs to be prosecuted and her show cancelled. And it’s time for networks (and parents) who promote, encourage and broadcast so-called “reality” TV that involve children to be sued by those children. Parading them around like toys in their parents’ fame fantasies is child abuse.

    • Peteon May 22, 2015 11:06 am

      What pray tell would Lena Dunham be prosecuted for?

      • Tedon May 22, 2015 11:22 am

        Read her book – she talks about exploring her younger sister’s vagina.

        • bobbyon May 22, 2015 11:54 am

          when she was seven. Anyone with kids knows it’s normal and harmless, some reporter just tried to create fake “outrage.”

          • Miffyon May 22, 2015 1:46 pm

            Nope – not normal. Pedophiles start very young.

          • bobbyon May 22, 2015 3:30 pm

            Read the except at least, then get back to me. What she talks about in the book is totally normal. Not sexual in any way, textbook seven-year old behavior.

          • grizon May 22, 2015 4:20 pm

            She did it for years. And, of course, there was that whole questionable rape episode, but you just go on worshipping her.

          • Kimberlyon May 22, 2015 6:26 pm

            That is NOT normal or harmless!! What world do you live in?!?!

          • bobbyon May 22, 2015 9:56 pm

            worship her? I don’t even watch her show, not a fan. i just read the articles about it.
            … she did it for years? now you’re just making sh*t up. no one’s even saying that. the whole “controversy” is about one blurb in her book. behavior that any parent or child psychologist would tell you is totally normal developmental behavior for a seven year old.

            read the blurb. then come back.

            why are you defending the parents of a child molester who let the molester go unpunished, kept it him in the house with their molested daughters, then covered it up for money and fame?

          • shininghappypersonon May 25, 2015 12:48 am

            It wasn’t just the vagina incident. Yes, kids do explore but…there were some other disturbing details in the book as well. There was more than just one blurb. Google it.

          • JSon May 26, 2015 11:58 am

            Geez, I’m so sick of people pulling out that stupid Dunham allusion everytime another case of incest or molestation is reported in the news. If people really believe she should be jailed for experimenting with her sister at age seven, then, at least 95% of the human population should be incarcerated. And don’t try to deny your own innocent childhood experimentation, you lying sack of hypocritical fundamentalist bastards!

        • capslockeon May 22, 2015 11:59 am

          WHILE THEY BOTH LITTLE CHILDREN!!! LEAVE HER ALONE

          • Kimberlyon May 22, 2015 2:38 pm

            Hey touching is touching. She’s a molester as the thought was in her mind. Sick!! Bash Josh yet stick up for that thingt

          • bobbyon May 22, 2015 4:06 pm

            kimberly — read the excerpt from the book in question. You’re assuming something, not even knowing what lena said she did.

            josh touched a 4 year-old’s genitals and breasts while they were asleep, on multiple occasions. His own words.

          • Kimberlyon May 22, 2015 6:50 pm

            Josh did not say a 4 yo. I’ve read all n nowhere did it say that. They did put him n the victims on counseling so you may want to reread the facts. I’m not saying it was right bc its not, however some children do experiment n they were teens n almost teens. I worked in human service and many brothers n sisters did experiment. Sad but true. N maybe they thought going to God instead of authorities would be best at that time bc prayer n counseling through church is what you do. First you apologize to church n then deacons n pastor. For something that happened before show aired so I don’t think it should be held against them now. If show was on then yes, n this should have been a sealed record bc of victims n himself bc of age, so I think there will be some lawsuits. Not all believe in God but nobody should judge as EVERYONE has made mistakes their not proud of n others could view as awful. I believe so I will not judge him. Doesn’t mean I condone, but he was honest with wife before engaged so that speaks volume that he’s truly sorry n ashamed

          • Victoriaon May 24, 2015 8:53 pm

            Kimberly, society and decent people do have a right to condemn this behavior. I am shocked that you claim to have worked in some kind of field where you have seen this, yet have this cavalier attitude.

            I have helped people who were molested, as children and adults, and your point of view is way out of line.

    • Deborah Ashlynn El Ouiaazzanion May 23, 2015 6:46 am

      I think he was prosecuted, bc it said that the judge had the filed destroyed to protect the innocent. I think that’s illegal. So, it doesn’t sound like much was done to him.

      • lucylu (@indi15243)on May 24, 2015 12:32 pm

        No prosecution, they didn’t even go to the police. All they did was go to a known pedophile, that was a member of their “church”, that happened to be a state trooper. That state trooper is now serving 54 years in prison for child pornography.

  3. bobbyon May 22, 2015 10:54 am

    NEWS FLASH: the incredibly f’d up families who do reality TV shows… turns out they’re all incredibly f’d up.

    • JSon May 26, 2015 12:00 pm

      Most families are . . . .

  4. questions authorityon May 22, 2015 10:56 am

    “Pious Hypocrites:” the new reality series coming soon from TLC. Shouldn’t be so hard for the network to find a new sanctimonious subject every week.

    • Shawn Don May 28, 2015 6:01 am

      True! Most accurate opinion I think I’ve read so far!

  5. the black chick...on May 22, 2015 11:04 am

    Good. It needed to happen. They were portraying themselves as something they weren’t at the expense of their own daughters. Reprehensible!

    It would have been different if they had copped to this in the first place and got ALL the kids PROFESSIONAL help. Because the first part of being forgiven means taking responsibility for your actions. They never took responsibility, just swept it under the rug.

    Now maybe that it’s all out, they all, including Josh, can get the professional help they need. And maybe they won’t be so judgmental of others doing the best they can.

    • Kimberlyon May 22, 2015 7:01 pm

      Josh n victims did get professional help. N why would someone speak of something that happened BEFORE show aired and this would have exposed the victims n I am sure lawsuits will become of this on their behalf. He asked for forgiveness n to have God really come in his life to help him. In the Bible one sin is no different than the other n our maker is who judges if we don’t repent.

      • rainey13on May 22, 2015 8:40 pm

        Right… Josh got “help” by being sent to build a house and then talk to a cop who’s now doing 50+ years for child porn. And under the LAW, crimes that target children are quite different.

        • Donna Ryanon May 25, 2015 7:37 am

          I agree–the “help” Josh got didn’t sound like much. I have known victims of child sexual abuse and it’s incredibly damaging.

        • Anonymouson May 28, 2015 5:08 pm

          Remember it was also done by a child!!!

          • Cantbelievethehypocrisyon May 31, 2015 9:07 am

            Anonymous you really are blind to reality and hopefully you take this same view if your child or grandchild is molested by a teenager who knocks on your door and says “golly gee sorry” and then walks away. You meanwhile have a child that dreams of the attack, acts out because they feel useless, contemplates death being better then the shame they feel and guilt. Then say “well golly gee dear he did say sorry”> They are reality superstars and you are blinded by the glitter.\

      • Bunnyon May 24, 2015 4:39 am

        I agree with you he was an adolescent and so where the others.and he admitted his wrong doing,although I don’t condole his actions,but I won’t judge him either.
        As for June on honey boo boo that was a grown man who touched her daughter and he knew what he was doing and she went back with him putting her other daughters in his path so she should not be compairing the two cases

        • HowWonderfulon May 24, 2015 11:29 pm

          You don’t “condole” his actions? Really? How wonderful of you.

          Do you “condole” the Duggars teaching their daughters that sexual molestation is a punishment from God, for not having a strong enough spirit and that they must have been behaving indecently or dressing immodestly for such a thing to occur? And that they should pray to God and ask forgiveness for their fault in being molested?

          The fact that the following documents even EXIST as part of the Duggar’s CHRISTIAN homeschool curriculum makes it crystal clear that this is not a one-time occurrence, within a single family, as a result of an innocent teenage boy, exploring his sexual urges –

          http://www.recoveringgrace.org/media/Lessons_From_Moral_Failures_in_a_Family.pdf

      • Victoriaon May 24, 2015 8:59 pm

        He didn’t get help. a short stint of manual labor and a lecture by someone who has been convicted of having child pornography is NOT “getting help.” It takes a lifetime to deal with child abusers and most if not all of them do not change – they don’t see anything wrong with what they’re doing. His statement about HIS life being ruined is typical.

        I am a therapist and I do not believe pedophiles can be rehabilitated. They need to be kept away from children for the rest of their lives. It has nothing to do with “forgiveness” – they do not think what they do is wrong, they blame the victims, and/or they say they “can’t help themselves.” It can’t be helped with medication, they fail therapy because they don’t want to change, they lack empathy – they are sociopaths.

        Jail. Not therapy. Not “forgiveness”. Not church.

        • Jmon May 25, 2015 9:16 am

          If you were a therapist you wouldn’t use generalizations like that.

        • Lindaon May 28, 2015 8:59 am

          As a therapist you should also be aware that the term pedophile refers to ADULTS who are attracted to young children- please use correct terminology.

      • Lynnon May 28, 2015 10:34 am

        First of all…don’t any of you judgemental people even think why would the liberal media bring this story up now after all these years? Josh was a kid , who did commit sin but like so many people today, he didn’t justify his actions or defend them .He admitted he did wrong, he confessed his sin, he repented and he asked for God’s and his victim’s forgiveness. This is what is expected of any one who sins. He and the girls recieved counseling and then they all put this behind them and moved on. DO any of you even think why this is comng back up now and why would they do this to the vitims anyway. If they cared about those girls-now grown women, they wouldn’t be doing this. Liberals are always attacking Christians and Christianity. If the Duggars were non Christians supporting liberalism…would this have even been brought back up now after all this time. It was handled back then and dealt with appropriately so exactly what is the motive for bringing this back up now?

        • Anonymouson May 28, 2015 5:15 pm

          100% agree!!!

          • Anonymouson May 30, 2015 3:47 pm

            only GOD should point fingers, he forgives ALL!

    • Anonymouson May 23, 2015 4:06 am

      I could’nt say it any better!

  6. Peteon May 22, 2015 11:07 am

    TLC came to their senses. They had to grasp that it was foolish to assume that no other shoes were dropping. After all, that family has a lot of shoes.

    • turnitupon May 22, 2015 1:14 pm

      TLC has no sense. That’s why they continue ending up in this mess with their programs.

      • Deering24on May 22, 2015 8:28 pm

        Time to clean house over there–or do they want to get cleaned out by future lawsuits?

  7. snoopy77on May 22, 2015 11:18 am

    This whole family has done nothing but promote (and even celebrate) overbreeding, homophobia, and intolerance toward their fellow human for years. Good to see TLC will finally stop footing the bill for them and their awful way of thinking. We need to celebrate diverse, loving families. Not people like this.

    • Katieon May 22, 2015 1:41 pm

      Well said!

    • louferrarion May 22, 2015 2:32 pm

      Hear, hear @snoopy77! You know, in TLC’s defense (just a little bit from me here!), it always struck me as a bit ironic (and inconsistent) the network can actually “hit the high ground” with a affirming “diverse, loving family” show like “Little Couple,” where Dr. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein deal with their dwarfism like any other human beings — and have adopted a Mongolian boy (Will) and Indian girl (Zoey) with similar conditions — then air “Honey Boo Boo and “19 Hillbillies and Counting.”

      Hands down, “Little Couple” is one of the best-produced, heart-warming and life-affirming half-hours of television today. But then there was “Honey Boo Boo” and “19 Kids & Counting” just dragging TLC down to the lowest common-denominator kind of freak show stuff — they really did hurt the network’s brand (once known as The Learning Channel) with those two programming choices!

      • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 6:53 pm

        Love little couple

      • Victoriaon May 24, 2015 9:01 pm

        That show “The Little Couple” is terrific! Wonderful people, lovely family.

    • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 4:05 pm

      I am with you totally.

      • Anonymouson May 28, 2015 1:47 pm

        If (TLC) opts to use any Duggar story line I will have to block the channel on my tv. They all knew what was going on. Even the girls.

  8. Karlaon May 22, 2015 11:18 am

    What a surprise that a family insisting it’s wrong to even hug someone out of wedlock was actually molesting each other. My big question is that, since we know molestation is usually a cycle where those who do it had it done to them as children, who in the family molested this guy first? And disgusting of channels like TLC to knowingly promote people like this purely for money – along with various other homophobes, alcoholics, wife beaters, etc on various other reality shows.

    • Karlaon May 22, 2015 11:26 am

      And as many were pointing out last night on twitter, this scum made a living telling people that gay people were dangerous to families. While he was the real danger all along.

      • Frank Johnson May 22, 2015 1:11 pm

        I hate the Dugars, but if you come on here quoting that bastion of logic and reasoning called Twitter, then your opinion is of absolutely no relevance. Anyone who types “Well, the people on Twitter said…” is a moron. I’ll go further. Any TV show that repeatedly proclaims “Let’s see what the the Twitterverse says” is a lowest common denominator show. Hello, Dr. Drew? BY the way, Drew, I HATE the new format.

      • the black chickon May 23, 2015 4:19 am

        Well said karla

    • jenniferon May 27, 2015 7:57 pm

      Do not say that “we know” molestation is usually a cycle, that is a cop out for these people. I put my father in prison at 8, he did two years and came out as messed up as he always was. He tried that, blaming an older brother. My view would be that someone who is raped/sodomized, etc as a child, would never put someone else through that because they know how horrible it is. It changes your thinking, you won’t look at people the same. Child offenders are attracted to children, that is not passed down generationally. Pedophiles are just sick fucks, there is no curing them and they are who they are. Just because my father was a sick fuck, does not mean that I will be/am a sick fuck and repeat his sickness into the world. The opposite happens. Trust no one, leave your kids with basically no one, always watch. Don’t lump victims with perpetrators. We are victims and just because we got a raw deal, doesn’t mean that we are bad. And don’t give them an excuse. They are just sick fucks.

      On a side note, shame on the new media for identifying them as his sisters. While I know incest must really get views, you are identifying the minor victims indirectly. While selling your ads, you are re-victimizing those young females once again. Why don’t you put the non-relatives name(s) in as well…because that would be wrong?

  9. Anonymouson May 22, 2015 11:22 am

    TLC should put out good quality programs and good role models for all the programs. I agree that 19 kids should be pulled out or cancelled entirely.

  10. Ryan in L.A.on May 22, 2015 11:22 am

    lol when you ask for reality, you get reality.

    • Ericaon May 22, 2015 11:38 am

      Best comment of all.

    • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 4:27 pm

      Completely agreed.

    • Lauraon May 23, 2015 2:49 pm

      Agreed! But only after all the “Pompous & Circumstances”.

  11. Better Call Saulon May 22, 2015 11:26 am

    The parents are the ones who should be arrested and prosecuted for child abuse. Bringing 19 kids into this world is terribly abusive it’s disgraceful. There is no reason for any married couple to ever have more than four kids unless they have twins or triplets after having two kids.

    But I will still take TLC to court I will represent the Duggar family and get them the money they are owed for the remaining time on their contract. TLC is clearly in breach and they will be sued. I will get every dollar owed the Duggars or my name isn’t Saul Goodman.

    • capslockeon May 22, 2015 12:03 pm

      a supporter of Communist China’s one child law, I see?

      • bobbyon May 22, 2015 12:39 pm

        TLC seems to feature families that put up a strong argument for the One Child Law, I’ll give ’em that.

      • louferrarion May 22, 2015 1:48 pm

        How about another so-called “Communist concept” here — how about enforcing the use of CONTRACEPTIVES, maybe even “cutting the tubes” for both momma Michelle and poppa Jim Bob Duggar??!! Haven’t these two “family values” Far Righties put enough kids and disturbing demonstrations of misogyny, incest and homophobia on the airwaves for long enough??!! Good riddance!

    • Shawnaon May 22, 2015 1:56 pm

      Just to clarify… Having more than 4 children is not child abuse.

    • Kimberlyon May 22, 2015 7:04 pm

      The Bible says to be fruitful n multiply. My great grandparents had 13 with 3 miscarriages, so don’t judge bc I’m sure there is something about yourself. If your financially able then have as many as GOD blesses you with

      • Educated Mindon May 24, 2015 9:46 am

        Nobody who is educated lives by the laws of the Bible. There are many rules in the Old Testament that are completely out of whack with reality. You want to post about “God”-litics then go to Glen Beck’s site! Nobody in Hollywood wants to hear your antiquated views. Shut your mouth!!

      • Anonymouson May 24, 2015 11:03 am

        Amen

      • Anonymouson May 28, 2015 6:38 am

        Be fruitful and multiply, God said in the beginning. Now with the world being over populated God in his wisdom let man discover prevention. I think having 19 kids and flaunting them is disgusting. I hope they are off for good. I never watch the program but they are always on the net and TV.

  12. Scoutandabouton May 22, 2015 11:36 am

    I’m thinking advertiser boycott will take care of TLC’s indecisiveness.

  13. Aaron_of_Portsmouthon May 22, 2015 11:38 am

    “I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life.”
    ….”The family got closer to God…”

    What, pray tell, does getting close to God mean by this family given these events? The words are nice but what about a sign of some real action on their part besides a superficial “Mea culpa”? Notice that NO mention is made, or even hinted at, regarding what the minors endured, or will have to endure in the future. Is the family snugly secured in ignoring that aspect of the perversion that took place?

    The priest pedophiles, no doubt, felt that by getting “Close to God”, everything would be effaced from the records and that the victims would just wipe their memory banks clean and have no recollection
    of the ordeal. (But the abuses only continued over the decades with the complicity of church officials who chose to look the other way.
    This trivializes what Religion should be about and blithely discounts any possible retribution.

    • Kandi Young Traxelon May 28, 2015 2:52 pm

      I agree. The girls were probably made to feel that if they DIDN’T “forgive” him, they had hate in their hearts and THEY were the wrong ones. After all in that religion the MEN come first. They are worshiped. They go so far as to tell the girls that you are supposed to look “adoringly” at your husband in public, and treat him with the utmost respect at all times. I am sure those poor girls were told that the were sinners if they didn’t forgive him for what he had done. I know this, because I was told the same thing once. Many so-called Christians will do something, or say something horrible to you, and apologize and if you don’t forgive them YOU are the sinner. Happened to me time and time again. So you can bet it happened in this situation.

  14. Broon May 22, 2015 11:53 am

    Thanks for finally being honest and showing your true colors Mike Huckabee! We can now say for a fact that you are among the people who support child molesters and pedophiles. You should use that as a platform for your presidential run. I’m sure there are a lot of voters out there that support child abuse and pedophiles, and now they have a candidate they can get behind that really shares their views on family values. What would Jesus do Mike? I know what he wouldn’t do…support a child molester and pedophile.

    • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 6:25 pm

      They support them IF they happen to be right-wing “Christians.” I assure you there’s be no such grace for an atheist, a gay man, or a liberal.

  15. capslockeon May 22, 2015 11:58 am

    Good for Huckabee! Someone had to say it. The guy was 15. HE WAS A MINOR TOO. Puberty’s rough, he was growing into himself. As teenagers, sexual experimentation needs to be promoted, not prosecuted. While fondling is disgusting, what TLC and liberal reactionary media is even more disgusting. They are promoting the idea that you are never free from anything, no matter how small or what your age was at the time.

    Next thing we’ll hear is that insert-reality-star-here HAD SEX WITH AN UNDERAGE girl and his show will be pulled. But the fact that he was the same age as her will be left out.

    What a scary world we live in…

    • Broon May 22, 2015 12:39 pm

      You shouldn’t comment when you don’t know what you’re talking about. What a scary world we live in indeed! A world where a child molester and pedophile hides behind his religion and his parents who cover up what he did to young girls, including his own sisters. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar dealt with this by having him talk to a “family friend” who was also a police officer and this “officer” gave him a stern talking to and did absolutely nothing. This same officer is now serving a 56 year prison sentence for child pornography. It’s pretty obvious why the officer didn’t do anything; Because he recognized a fellow abuser/child molester/pedophile and decided to let him walk.

      “They are promoting the idea that you are never free from anything, no matter how small or what your age was at the time.”

      You are sick in the head! NOBODY who sexually abuses a child should ever be free from it! It WILL and SHOULD follow Josh Duggar and his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, for the rest of their lives. Shame on them and shame on you too!

      • Really?on May 22, 2015 6:59 pm

        Amen well said

    • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 12:52 pm

      Yes, he was 15, not 6. Plenty of boys go through puberty and don’t molest little girls, including their sisters. If they would have proceeded ethically, he probably would have spent time in juvenile detention as a sex offender. Instead, his family “handled” it, and he’ll get off with a lame apology.

    • bobbyon May 22, 2015 12:53 pm

      good for huckabee my *ss. what if it was your daughters? what if it was his?

      The duggars think women shouldn’t go to college, and when one of their sons sexually assaults a daughter they keep it silent.

      their poor daughters. Where the hell is child services?

      one good thing – huckabee just dropped his chances of ever being president from 5% to o%. Even fox may have to drop that medieval pig.

      • the black chickon May 23, 2015 4:12 am

        Preach bobby!

    • JJon May 22, 2015 1:04 pm

      You seem to be downplaying the seriousness of it and yet he and his family are using words like: wrong, bad, dark, inexcusable, sin, victims and those affected by my actions to receive counseling?

      He’s admitted to MOLESTING girls. He and the family aren’t making light of it so why are you?

      • Donna Ryanon May 25, 2015 7:44 am

        But the parents “covered up” the molestation for years. Was their counseling for the molested girls? What kind? Right-wing stuff?

    • joshreaderon May 22, 2015 1:34 pm

      Capslocke, I found your comment really disturbing. Your conception of what is normal is entirely out of whack. The idea that a fifteen year old can’t be responsible for his actions, or that sexual molestation is in some way a part of male adolescent development is frankly so sick that I suggest you yourself seek help.

    • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 4:40 pm

      Well Said

      • Really?on May 22, 2015 7:00 pm

        What a sick comment u need help

  16. peaches finger (@PeachesFinger)on May 22, 2015 12:02 pm

    Josh & Anna’s website has a video on it that’s titled “Are you a good person?” & proceeds to guilt you into believing that if you don’t accept Jesus as your savior & follow the 10 Commandments, you are a sinner doomed to hell. I feel like I need a shower after being covered in the vomit of their hypocrisy, deceit & financial greed.

  17. Peteon May 22, 2015 12:06 pm

    if he were gay and did it to his brothers, I don’t think Huckabee would have a problem with the bloodthirsty media.

    • Anonymouson May 28, 2015 8:01 am

      Exactly!

  18. David B Hornon May 22, 2015 12:07 pm

    What are they gonna replace it with? Maybe “Fun and Frolic with the Westboro Baptist Church”?

    • Cheryl Deeringon May 22, 2015 4:57 pm

      Heh–well-played. :)

    • kandiscraftingon May 27, 2015 11:56 pm

      Ha ha ha! Thanks for injecting some levity into this!

  19. Frank Johnson May 22, 2015 12:12 pm

    So the kid was 15 when he fondled the breasts of some girls? This is a national scandal? I do not like the Dugger family, but I hate the media much, much worse. I never thought I’d agree with Mike Huckabee on anything. I was wrong.

    • Zenobia Jacksonon May 22, 2015 12:43 pm

      He fondled the breasts and vaginas of 5 girls, four of whom were his younger sisters. This is a scandal. A 15 year old should know better and most do.

    • JJon May 22, 2015 1:06 pm

      Take the media out of the equation and take only his and the family’s description of the events:

      wrong, bad, dark, inexcusable, sin, victims and those affected by his actions to receive counseling

      Their words are clear. This is worse than an underage fondling. They said it quite plainly.

    • Ricky Lee Joneson May 22, 2015 1:45 pm

      He molested a four year old girl. He fondled her breasts and vagina while she slept. The media doesn’t need to sensationalize something that’s written in black and white.

  20. Anonymouson May 22, 2015 12:12 pm

    I’m shocked actually. And I feel bad for all their young fans. There is no excuse. He was 15 not 3. My brother is 9 years older and would never do that. Also we only had 3 kids and my parents were there when we were young or made sure we had supervision.

    What’s really bad is that I felt that their audience was lied to. Here we are envying their family and this was going on? Where was the mom?

  21. Louis Stantonon May 22, 2015 12:20 pm

    I HAVE ALWAYS HATED THIS FAMILY. There is something wrong with someone who wants that many kids. I knew it was a matter of time before the skeletons came flying out of this closet. What that many kids I knew one of them was bound to do something. The Dugga’rs Their anti-gay stance always made mick sick. Now that they protected their son I hope they know they caused far more harm by doing so. GOOD RIDDANCE

    • Anonymouson May 22, 2015 6:49 pm

      Me too they are a sick cult

  22. Anonymouson May 22, 2015 12:20 pm

    It’s about time. They’re hypocrites, homophobes, & apparently. incestuous. What other perverse behavior hasn’t surfaced yet. ? Jim Bob & Michelle councilled. the kids (couples ) before marriage. Isn’t that usually done by a non family member. Less embarrassing, easier to ask questions. Jim Bob had to do an elaborite exhibition to show the “right way” to kiss. Thought next on his agenda was going to be a tutorial on The Wedding Night. They want to keep popping out kids to show how virile he is. & the older girls are bound in servitude to take care of all these kids. There also assigned to cook_, do laundry. pack everyone up for family trips. Michelle home schools the kids & that’s it. She has plenty of time to be available & subservient. to Jim Bob. Gross. Feel sorry for those older girls. & also the younger ones coming up. No value placed on females. Can’t have a brain, any ambitions or dreams. Pass the koolaid !!

    • Really?on May 22, 2015 7:02 pm

      It is a cult Let men do anything to u

  23. Fanny Winkleon May 22, 2015 12:36 pm

    So publicly announcing that gay men and trans people are “perverts” who will molest children isn’t quite enough to get pulled off the air. But actually being a straight, bigoted a-hole who DOES molest children is enough to cost you a lucrative contract. Just want to make sure I know where the line is drawn, TLC.

    • Al'non May 22, 2015 1:57 pm

      ^This comment. For the win.

      • Really?on May 22, 2015 7:04 pm

        Amen

    • bobbyon May 22, 2015 4:09 pm

      wow. well said. totally.

  24. Laurie Mannon May 22, 2015 12:38 pm

    It was a horrible show and should never have been on the air in the first place. Now if Lifetime would only do the same with Dance Moms & A&E would do the same to Duck Dynasty.

    • gaymaddoxon May 22, 2015 5:31 pm

      Never watched either of the two shows you mentioned. That said, I can’t say anything one way or the other about the DD show because I know absolutely nothing about it, but that woman on Dance Moms is a revolting loud mouth. I would love to see her disappear.

  25. ROBERT Scrondinon May 22, 2015 12:40 pm

    TLC is at fault here. They have the ability to uncover this kind of history on its on screen personalities. They either neglected to do the digging in fear of what they might find or found it and chose to look the other way. Either way, reprehensible behavior for the network.

    • Fanny Winkleon May 22, 2015 2:32 pm

      Reports are saying that Oprah’s producers uncovered this in 2006 and cancelled their appearance immediately – plus turned the evidence they had over to the authorities. So hell yes, TLC knew the eldest Duggar was an incestuous child abuser and did nothing to stop him, his parents or get his sisters/victims help. It’s repugnant.

      • grizon May 22, 2015 4:23 pm

        Doesn’t sound like I’m-so-concerned-and-compassionate-and-powerful Oprah did much about it either. Just got out of the way so she wouldn’t be contaminated and moved on.

        • bobbyon May 22, 2015 10:00 pm

          oprah cancelled their appearance. TMZ says they told the authorities.

      • gaymaddoxon May 22, 2015 5:33 pm

        I wonder why the authorities who received the information from Oprah never acted on it.

        • Anonymouson May 23, 2015 8:41 am

          I read that they couldn’t because the statute of limitstions had expired

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