TLC Officially Cancels ’19 Kids And Counting’ Amid Molestation Scandalby Matthew Scott Donnelly | PopCrush
19 Kids and Counting has officially run out of fingers and toes.
TLC announced today that the reality show, which has followed Arkansas’ massive Duggar family for 10 seasons, will no longer air new episodes amid a recent molestation scandal. In May, In Touch obtained police reports — later fleshed out by E! News — that noted 27-year-old Josh Duggar, the show’s eldest sibling, admitted to molesting four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was 15.
The network put the show on an indefinite hiatus soon after while it decided how to proceed.
“The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection,” TLC’s statement says. “Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated issue; it affects many children and families around the world.”
TLC stated that in lieu of a new season of the show, it plans to air a one-hour documentary that will address the offense, and explore child sexual abuse in general. The special will feature Jill and Jessa Duggar, two of Josh’s victims, as well as other abuse survivors.
“TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help,” the network said, and added it will partner with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and Darkness to Light in a continued effort to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.
Josh Duggar has never been arrested or charged for his reported offenses, according to the Associated Press.
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