TLC Cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ Reruns Amid Josh Duggar Child Molestation Scandal
TLC producers have made the decision to cancel reruns of its hit show “19 Kids and Counting’ in the wake of Josh Duggar’s child molestation scandal.
TLC revealed via a press release that its decision to pull all rerun episodes would be effective immediately. The network has yet to announce whether it will continue to air the next season of “19 Kids” in the future.
“Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air," the cable network said in a press release obtained by E! ”We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”
The latest season of “19 Kids” recently wrapped up on Tuesday, May 19 and on Friday TLC cancelled the show’s reruns and have since replaced “19 Kids” with reruns of other TLC shows such as “7 Little Johnstons.”
TLC’s decision to cancel “19 Kids” reruns comes on the heels of an InTouch Weekly report that revealed Josh molested five young girls, including his sisters, at the age of 14 beginning in 2002.
InTouch Weekly has since deleted the report from its database, but the report included police documents detailing that Josh “fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping, but sometimes they were interacting with him.”
Josh Duggar, his wife Anna, and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle, have since opened up about the allegations and released a statement to the media.
In the statement, Josh apologizes for his inexcusable actions and revealed that he has since gone through counseling to deal with his mistakes.
“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,” Josh said.
His parents added that since the scandal, they have grown closer to God and taught Josh to do the same.
Finally, Josh’s wife Anna admitted that he told her about the allegations prior to their marriage, but she made the decision to stick by his side.
But despite the family’s public apology, a former TLC star Mama June from the former hit show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is clapping back at TLC for not fully canceling the show altogether.
The official TLC site states that “19 Kids” reruns will only be cancelled temporarily and will return to the network beginning on June 1.
And Mama June is nowhere near happy about that since TLC cancelled her show immediately after photos were released of her hanging out and dating her daughter’s molester Mark Daniel.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mama June expressed her frustration over what she perceives as TLC’s lax approach with dealing with the “19 Kids” scandal.
"I feel cheated still," Mama June said about TLC cancellation of her show.
The “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” matriarch also accused TLC of trying to cover up Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal prior to police reports being published on InTouch.
“[TLC] knew about [Josh Duggar] since 2006 and didn't do anything. They kept filming the show, but as soon as rumors started they canceled Honey Boo Boo quick,” Mama June revealed, adding, "I think TLC kept it quiet. That happened with Anna and me. TLC covered it up.”
If TLC does not completely cancel “19 Kids and Counting,” Mama June says that she will be pressing charges.
This story keeps getting messier and messier. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims involved in his horrific scandal.
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