TLC has finally made a decision about what to do about their hit TV show ’19 Kids and Counting’ in the wake of the scandal that Josh Duggar sexually molested multiple girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.
TLC said in a statement that ’19 Kids and Counting’:
will no longer appear on the air.”
It’s been so long since the scandal broke that I seriously thought the network was going to give the Duggars another season to see how they fared after everything “died down,” so to speak, so count me as one of the people who’s surprised to hear this now.
The Duggars released a statement about the cancellation of their show. Here’s part of it:
Today, TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting.
Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God.
We are so thankful for our film crew that has shown up at our house for over a decade. They have become like family to us. They have invested their time and energy into our lives and have been so loving and patient. We love and appreciate them so much!
Over the last several years people have said to us, “We love your show!” We have always responded, “It’s not a show, it’s our lives!” Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life’s problems.
With God’s grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become.
It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.
We appreciate the love, support, prayers and kindness extended to us by many of you. You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time.
You can read their entire statement on their website. I think this cancellation does send a message that sexual abuse needs to be taken seriously, not trivialized or minimized, yet it’s unfortunate that the entire family has to be punished. What do you think about TLC’s decision?