In the wake of Josh Duggar admitting to sexually molesting some of his female siblings and at least one other female victim as a young teenager, TLC has pulled the Duggar reality program 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule.
As reported by Western Journalism, Duggar admitted Thursday to his actions as a 14 and 15 year-old, stating:
Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. 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.
Duggar also resigned from his position at the Family Research Council.
Despite these revelations, TLC went ahead and aired a 19 Kids and Counting marathon Thursday night, prominently featuring Josh, which caused a social media firestorm.
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TMZ reports that the network has now pulled the popular program from its schedule, but has made no long-term decisions about its future. General Mills, reportedly, has pulled its advertising from the program.
The reality show began on TLC in 2008 as 17 Kids and Counting (approximately five years after Josh engaged in the child molestation). During the show’s 10 seasons, over 220 shows have aired, according to USA Today.
The two-hour special last summer, featuring the marriage of Jill Duggar, brought in over 4.4 million viewers, making it the most watched program on TLC in the last four years.
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