There’s been continuing fallout on the advertiser front in the wake of allegations that Josh Duggar, one of the people on TLC’s hit reality series “19 Kids and Counting,” had molested young girls a number of years ago.
This from Entertainment Weekly: “Companies like Choice Hotels and Pure Life Iced Tea followed Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and Payless Shoe Source by assuring the public it wouldn’t advertise in the TLC show [’19 Kids and Counting’] about the Duggar family. ‘Thank you for contacting us to share your concerns,’ wrote Pure Life on Wednesday. ‘Please know that we will no longer be advertising on ‘19 Kids and Counting.’ David’s Bridal said it would ‘take steps to have our ads removed from future episodes’ while H&R Block reportedly said in a statement that it ‘will not advertise on the show if it is reinstated.’”
Originally, on May 24th, Walgreens posted this statement on Facebook: “We understand from news reports that airing of the show has been suspended. We will continue to monitor the situation.” Two days later Walgreens was done monitoring and posted this: “In the wake of recent news, we are no longer advertising on the ‘19 Kids and Counting’ program.”
This is from TMZ: “Jimmy Dean, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Ace Hardware, David’s Bridal, ConAgra Foods, Party City and Behr have all just announced they’ve removed their ad campaigns from the show and CVS, H&R Block, Ricola and Keurig all say they have no plans of advertising with the show if it’s reinstated.”
Previously TMZ had reported that General Mills will also no longer advertise on “19 Kids and Counting.”
While reruns of the show are not currently airing on TLC, the network, owned by Discovery Communications, has not said if it will renew the show, in some form, for another season, or if it will start airing reruns again in the future.