Duggar Family Secrets’ Producers Speak Out


Sharing what they’ve seen. The producers of Shiny Pleased Folks: Duggar Household Secrets and techniques are talking out about what they realized whereas researching the household made well-known by the fact collection 19 Children and Counting.

The four-part restricted docuseries — which hits Prime Video on June 2 — focuses on the Duggar household’s ties to the controversial faith Institute of Primary Life Ideas (IBLP). Codirectors and govt producers Olivia Crist and Julia Willoughby Nason make clear what viewers can anticipate from the doc throughout their Tuesday, Could 23, look on the “Actuality Life With Kate Casey” podcast.

“What we finally discover within the present is — there’s the shiny, pleased facade, after which beneath the floor is that this insidious cult behind the household, known as the IBLP,” Willoughby Nason defined. “The Duggars are a leaping off level for us for a a lot, a lot bigger story.”

Jill Duggar — one in every of Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar’s 19 youngsters — participated within the collection alongside along with her husband, Derick Dillard. A press launch for the doc described it as “the primary time” that Jill, 32, “will go on document along with her personal story.”

In 2015, the Duggar household’s OG TLC present was pulled from the community amid studies that the eldest sibling, Josh Duggar, molested a number of ladies when he was 14 and 15 years previous. It was later revealed that Jill and her sister Jessa Duggar have been among the many victims.

Regardless of the scandal, the household returned to actuality TV that very same yr with the spinoff Counting On. The present aired for 11 seasons, coming to an finish in 2020 — one yr earlier than Josh, 35, was arrested on baby pornography expenses. TLC formally minimize ties with the Duggars in June 2021. Josh is presently serving time in a Texas Jail after being discovered responsible on two counts of receiving and possessing baby pornography in December 2021. He’s anticipated to be launched in October 2032.

The Duggar household aren’t the one IBLP followers to be affected by abuse. Willoughby Nason famous that what she discovered most “disturbing” about interviewing former members of the non secular group was the “pervasiveness” of abuses of energy.

The Fyre Fraud producer added: “The lads are on the high with final authority after which the ladies after which the kids beneath. … This kind of construction is simply ripe with abuse.”

Though Jill is the one one in every of her siblings who participated in Shiny Pleased Folks, her cousin Amy Duggar was additionally featured within the trailer. Jill’s youthful sister Jinger Duggar, in the meantime, opened up in regards to the restraints of IBLP teachings in her ebook Changing into Free Certainly: My Story of Disentangling Religion From Concern, which hit cabinets in January.

Duggar Family Secrets Are Exposed in New Docuseries Featuring Jill and Amy
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Talking completely to Us Weekly forward of the ebook’s launch, Jinger, 29, mentioned that she “positively” thinks her strict upbringing was “cult-like in some ways.” She continued: “It was constructed on concern, manipulation, management and superstition, so all these issues mixed in how exhausting it’s for teenagers to go away or adults to go away — anybody, actually. … When you hear the teachings, you’re not alleged to depart from these.”

Though a number of the Duggars’ secrets and techniques have already been uncovered, the Shiny Pleased Folks producers suppose that the present will depart viewers questioning why sure inside workings of the household and their non secular beliefs weren’t carefully examined sooner.

“Lots of issues have been swept underneath the rug that ought to have been regarded into,” mentioned Willoughby Nason. “I feel when you watch the present, … there’s rather a lot that ought to have been regarded into that wasn’t.”

All 4 episodes of Shiny Pleased Folks: Duggar Household Secrets and techniques will premiere June 2 on Prime Video.