TLC arrived with three of the men starring in their new reality series Single Dad Seeking, about five unmarried guys with kids who are looking for love. However, the press corps here at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena expressed grave concerns over TLC’s vetting process when it comes to casting reality stars, especially in the wake of the molestation and sexual exploit allegations brought against 19 Kids And Counting‘s Josh Duggar, as well as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘s June Shannon’s relationship with a convicted sex offender.
One reporter asked how TLC’s casting has changed in the wake of the scandals. TLC GM Nancy Daniels explained, “Our first priorty is making sure that there’s a health and well-being of our families first and foremost. We feature stories of different families with real people and real things happen.”
Daniels didn’t get into specifics other than to say that there were “stop gaps in place” and that “we have strong screening process that has evolved.”
Another reporter pressed Daniels, “You haven’t answered the question. When you heard about the Duggars, how did you react and did it raise concerns about your screening process?”
“One of the responses was doing the documentary we did back in August, to really put the word out there, to help with a situation that isn’t talked about that’s out there,” said Daniels about the commercial free one-hour Duggars special August 30 that focused on child abuse.
Daniels further defended the network’s concern for Josh Duggar’s sisters Jessa and Jill. “We just aired a three-part special before the holidays that did very well. We had over 3 million viewers. The audience cares about these girls,” said the TLC GM.
As far as the fathers onstage for Single Dad Seeking — one of them, Paul Sanderson, said he was scouted by TLC on a dating site. He asserted that the TV show “was the safest way to date someone.” There was a physical evaluation and an interview. The video chats “allowed us to get to know the people more before the show,” added dad Mike McGill about their female suitors on the series.