The future of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting has been placed in doubt following reports that family member Josh Duggar allegedly has a history of molesting, sexually assaulting, and “forcibly fondling” young girls, including his own sisters, per In Touch Weekly (via TVGuide).
In response to the leaked reports, Duggar released a statement to People in which he seemingly verified the report, and has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council:
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and 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.”
In October 2014, TLC cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in the wake of reports that Mama June was dating a convicted child molester. It remains to be seen whether TLC will follow the same course of action with 19 Kids and Counting, which has yet to be renewed for Season 11.
Watch this space as we continue to monitor the status of 19KAC…