The trials and tribulations of the Duggar family — stars of the hit TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting — have resulted in the cable net’s cancellation of the program that’s been running for 10 seasons.
Fox News reports that a spokesman for TLC has just confirmed that 19 Kids and Counting will not return to the network following a highly publicized and protracted sex abuse scandal centering on the family’s eldest son, 27-year-old Josh Duggar.
The hit reality show is done for good, a rep for TLC told FOX411 in a statement on Thursday.
“After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with ’19 Kids and Counting.’ The show will no longer appear on the air,” the network stated.
Just a few weeks ago, Western Journalism published the latest in its series of reports on the troubles that have embroiled the Arkansas family since Josh Duggar’s youthful transgressions came to light. A non-family member who claims to have been molested by Josh more than a decade ago is reportedly planning to file a civil suit against the disgraced reality star.
The Duggars will likely face questions about how many years it took them to get Josh and his victims counseling as well as what type of safeguards they put in place in 2002 after first being alerted to Josh’s self-acknowledged molesting of female minors.
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In what could be considered a sign of the times, at virtually the same moment TLC let it be known that the net has cancelled the Duggars’ show celebrating the lives of a large, traditional, Christian family, TLC premiered a program called I Am Jazz. For the first time Wednesday night, viewers met Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen who has been an activist and YouTube star.
In a pre-premiere piece, People magazine noted of the new show celebrated by many on the cultural left:
While growing up as a transgender kid can’t have been easy for Jazz Jennings, the 14-year-old is ready to share the lessons she’s learned with others.
Before her series I Am Jazz debuts Wednesday night on TLC, the teen tells PEOPLE Now: “People think this was a choice, that one day I woke up and was like, ‘I’m a girl,’ but no – it’s just the way I was born. I’ve always been a girl.”