Life as the Duggar family knows it is about to change in a big way. After being on-air since 2008, their most recent show, Counting On, has been canceled.
This isn’t the Duggar family’s first time dealing with a cancellation. They lost their initial show, 19 Kids and Counting, back in 2015. TLC then rebranded and gave them Counting On. But now, it looks like the reality TV chapter may be coming to a close.
Many critics, fans, and followers wonder what the next step will be for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and the rest of the Duggar siblings. Some may want to leave the spotlight, while others may try and channel their extensive social media followings into a stream of revenue.
What is next for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar?
First and foremost, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar still have several minor children at home that they are responsible for taking care of. Six of the Duggar children (including Tyler Hutchins) are under the age of 18. Of course, Jana Duggar still lives at the Duggar compound, so she is there to help as well.
Also, they will be focused on what is happening with Josh Duggar. In April, he was arrested on child pornography charges and has to live separately from his wife, Anna Duggar, and their six children. He had been living on the Duggar property in a warehouse-like building, and now, he is under the care of Lacount and Maria Reber.
His trial was initially set for this month. However, an extension was granted, and the new trial is set for November 30.
Anna is currently expecting her seventh child with Josh. She and the children are allowed unlimited visitation with him. Jim Bob and Michelle are likely helping her out as they did the first time, back in 2015, when he found himself in trouble the first time.
The Duggar parents have a lot to handle over the next couple of months, and their focus may not be on finding a new avenue to reach people right away.
What will the Duggar siblings do?
Only Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo have spoken out about the cancellation so far. They agreed that TLC made the right choice, and some followers questioned whether they were vying for their own show. Jinger did a podcast interview and talked about how fame has affected her, so she and Jeremy may take a break from the limelight with Counting On done.
Several of the Duggar sisters and sisters-in-law have been working on their influencer status on social media. Kendra Caldwell, Jessa Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, Abbie Grace Burnett, and Jana Duggar have all pushed a product a time or two. With their social media followings, turning their numbers into viable income wouldn’t be as hard as starting from scratch.
Of course, some of the men work too. Austin Forsyth has his own business and isn’t connected to anything owned by Jim Bob Duggar at all. Jeremy Vuolo is working on his seminary school and has been independent of his father-in-law as well. Many of the Duggar boys work together and for their father and have for quite some time.
Some siblings may consider living a more private life. Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson have been absent from social media for several months. They may walk away and live quietly while they raise their family. Jedidiah Duggar married Katelyn Nakatsu quietly and has only shared a few photos of them. He wanted his courtship, engagement, and wedding kept under wraps.
However this turns out, this likely isn’t the end of the family being in the spotlight. It may take a while, but we believe that some will make a comeback one way or another.