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TLC drops Duggar family, ‘Counting On’ after Josh’s child porn arrest

TLC drops Duggar family, 'Counting On' after Josh's child porn arrest

The Duggars are done.

TLC, the network that aired the various iterations of “19 Kids and Counting” and the follow-up show “Counting On,” has dropped the Duggar family following Josh’s arrest on child porn charges.

“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of ‘Counting On,’” the network said in a statement to The Post. “TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”

The eldest Duggar child, 33, was arrested on April 29 and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography at his home in Arkansas. The disgraced father of six pled not guilty and was released on bail despite Homeland Security special agent Gerald Faulkner admitting that the files allegedly found on Duggar’s devices were some of “the worst of the worst” that he’s ever seen.

Duggar was given a trial date of July 6, 2021, but on Tuesday, the date was pushed back to November 30, 2021, Fox News reported. He awaits trial while reportedly staying in a self-contained space in the home of a third-party custodian — a family he knows through his church. He is allowed to see his children when his wife, Anna — who believes he is innocent — is present.

Josh Duggar and wife Anna have six children together.
Josh Duggar and wife Anna have six children together.
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His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, have also stood by him, asking fans for “prayers” for their son but calling the “accusations brought against Joshua … very serious.”

His sister Jinger said she was “disturbed” and noted they “absolutely condemn any form of child abuse.” Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard called it “very sad” while Joy-Anna Duggar said she was “heartbroken.”

In 2015, Duggar admitted to cheating on Anna, who is currently pregnant with the couple’s seventh child, using website Ashley Madison, claiming he had an addiction to internet porn.

TLC faced mounting pressure to cancel the show as outraged fans started a Change.org petition calling for the end of all Duggar-related programming from the network.

“The Duggar family should no longer have a platform,” the petition, which has nearly 29,000 signatures, reads. “This family should no longer be allowed to collect money from streaming services and television series. Enough is enough. Too many people have been harmed.”

Josh Duggar has not appeared on any TLC program since 2015 after fans learned that he had allegedly molested five minors — including four of his younger sisters — when he was a teen. He was never charged for those accusations, but TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” and replaced it with the “Counting On” spinoff.

Josh Duggar has not appeared on any TLC program since 2015 after fans learned that he had allegedly molested five minors.
Josh Duggar has not appeared on any TLC program since 2015 after fans learned that he had allegedly molested five minors.
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