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Counting On: Will TLC cancel the show in wake of Josh Duggar arrest?

Joy-Anna and Jessa Duggar on Counting On.
Joy-Anna and Jessa Duggar are a huge part of Counting On. Pic credit: TLC

UPDATE: TLC released a statement through Us Weekly, stating, “TLC is saddened to learn about the continued troubles involving Josh Duggar. 19 Kids and Counting has not aired since 2015. TLC canceled the show on the heels of prior allegations against Josh Duggar, and he has not appeared on air since then.”

Counting On has not yet been renewed by TLC, and in the wake of Josh Duggar’s arrest on child porn charges, fans and followers are questioning whether the network will even bring it back.

Season 11 ended last August. There have been a few specials released since, including the births of Evangeline Jo Vuolo and Brooklyn Praise Duggar, and most recently, their Easter special.

There have been hints the family has filmed, but with what is happening now, there’s no telling if TLC will scrap the show entirely or if it will continue to air as if nothing is happening.

19 Kids and Counting was canceled after Josh’s scandals in 2015

Following the revelations that Josh Duggar had molested several of his sisters and another unknown female minor and his involvement with Ashley Madison, TLC decided to cancel 19 Kids and Counting immediately.

To be fair, Josh was a huge focus of the show. They chronicled his move with Anna Duggar to Washington, D.C., and many important moments the family shared. Continuing with that would have caused the network a lot of backlash, so they quickly ended it.

Following that, the network decided to run a series that discussed the sisters talking about what Josh did and its effects on their lives. Some of the older brothers also took part in it, and from there, Counting On was born.

Critics call for accountability and cancellation

Social media is full of opinions about what the network should do where Counting On is concerned. Many have voiced concern over allowing Jim Bob Duggar to appear on the show. He allegedly knew Josh’s arrest was coming and warned the family to remain quiet on the subject.

One Twitter user said, “@TLC Please make a statement on the #joshduggar indictment. JIm Bob Duggar, who you allowed to be featured on #CountingOn, has enabled this predator, allowing him access to children. CANCEL the show. Make a statement. Care about victims”

Comments about canceling Counting On. Pic credit: TLC
Pic credit: @WassonCarol/Twitter

Fans and followers aren’t letting them off the hook, though, as the tweets continue to be directed toward the network with suggestions to cancel the show.

If the network chooses to follow the same protocol as they did for 19 Kids and Counting, the show will likely be canceled. Without a renewal several months after the Season 11 finale and the current state of affairs within the family, things don’t look good.

Counting On is currently on hiatus.

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  1. I don’t think the whole family should suffer because of one persons mistake. He needs prayer and it is not for us to judge him.

    • Get outta here with that crap! What he did and still is doing is disgusting in every shape or form!!! He needs to be held accountable something u religious cultic people fail to acknowledge! Repentance should not be confused for accountability!! I’m almost certain if he did that to any of ur kids or family members ud say let’s not judge him and if u do then ur just as mentally disturbed as these sick pedofiles!!!

      • Religious cultic people? Hum, those are three words that don’t go together. Repentance is between him and God. Accountability is him verses society. He went to counseling and got help. He has mended his marriage and sought forgiveness. Because of the Duggar’s being the amazing Godly family they are, they forgave him. Actually none of this is any of our business. This is a family matter and it’s sad that they had to bring it up in the first place. It’s not just Josh that has this illness. There’s a ton of men out there that are abusing children and women and sex trafficking. None of it is right but why point out just one person like he’s the only one? Josh could not have a better support system than his family. It’s not our place to judge or criticize, but just pray for him. Only God knows his heart.

        • It’s NOT a family matter. Josh got away with it because the sick families religous beliefs- they made up!
          All his newest child porn crap won’t have happened. Think about that one!

        • They ARE a cult. Godly? Hardly. Grifters? Yes. Abusive? Yes. Racist, homophobic, misogynist, pedophilic? Yes, yes, yes. And yes.

        • He never went to counselling. His mother said he went to stay with friends of the family. He received no legit counselling. They rehabbed a house and that is all he did. Had he actually gotten help maybe he would not have re-offended!

    • I am not judging him. I AM judging his actions. I will never forgive child abuse in the form of molestation and child porn. And the tenets of JB and M are abusive as well. These people are monsters. Their daughters are uneducated brood mares, the sons are little lazy Jim Bobs.

  2. Josh was already banned from the show. Why would this have to hurt the entire family. I love watching and hope the show continues.


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