In an official announcement today, Discovery Communications’ TLC network says:
“After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with ‘19 Kids and Counting.’ The show will no longer appear on the air.”
In an official statement from the Duggar family, they say, “Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God.”
The Duggar statement adds, “With God’s grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become.
“It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.”
While the Duggar statement never mentions what the “terrible situation” was, TLC’s statement says, “The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.”
As previously reported, back in May, after In Touch magazine reported on a police report that said that Josh Duggar had molested some of his sisters when he was a teenager, TLC yanked reruns of “19 Kids and Counting” off its air. What TLC did not say at the time was whether or not the series, which started in 2008 as “17 Kids and Counting,” would return for an 11th season.
The TLC statement continues, “Over these past weeks, TLC has consulted regularly with leading victims’ rights and advocacy organizations in the U.S., including RAINN and Darkness to Light, to discuss how to use this moment to address the issue and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated issue; it affects many children and families around the world.”
TLC then says it is working on a one hour documentary, with the Duggars, about child abuse, that will air commercial-free, probably later this summer.
To read the complete statements from both TLC and the Duggar family, please click here.