TLC has officially canceled the popular show “19 Kids and Counting”. The show had been a hit as people across America resonated with the Duggars values and faith. After revelations about Josh’s past molestations surfaced in May, the show was quickly pulled from the air.
TLC released a statement saying, “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 what could be their final collaboration, TLC has teamed up with two child protection organizations and the Duggar family to produce a documentary about child abuse.
The Duggars released a gracious statement saying:
“We are so thankful for our film crew that has shown up at our house for over a decade. They have become like family to us. They have invested their time and energy into our lives and have been so loving and patient. We love and appreciate them so much!
Over the last several years people have said to us, "We love your show!" We have always responded, "It's not a show, it's our lives!" Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life’s problems.
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.
Josh’s actions were very disturbing and inexcusable to say the least and should not be swept under the rug. However, those actions happened when he was a young teenager and had been dealt with by the family, the victims, and the legal system at that time. The actions of 1 of 19 children should by no means diminish the values and faith that the Duggar family as a whole stands for.
This decision by TLC ends a decade long look into a moral and faithful family. There are very few strong and faithful families represented on TV. All the while blatant dysfunction and immorality is shown on every major channel.
In other related news, TLC added a new show to their lineup, “I Am Jazz”, which follows around a transgender teen and her family.
If TLC’s transition from showing traditional family values to bowing to the social waves of “acceptance” is what is being promoted, then maybe this parting of ways is the best course of action. It’s hard to promote traditional values on a channel that doesn’t hold the same values.
What do you think? Do Josh’s actions tarnish the family as a whole? Is TLC making the wrong decision? We would love to hear your thoughts!