TLC Officially Cancels 19 Kids And Counting

Hallelujah! In a move that people have been waiting for for nearly two months, TLC has finally officially cancelled their hit show 19 Kids and Counting.
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In recent days, the Duggar family released some photos where Josh Duggar was noticeably missing, possibly testing the waters to see how the public would react to the family sans child molester Josh. Fans of the show were less than thrilled, to say the least, which might have been the final deciding factor for TLC.

In response to the controversy, TLC released the following statement:

“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.

The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.

Over these past weeks, TLC has consulted regularly with leading victims’ rights and advocacy organizations in the U.S., including RAINN and Darkness to Light, to discuss how to use this moment to address the issue and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated issue; it affects many children and families around the world. To that end, we are partnering with both organizations on a multi-platform campaign to raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue. In the first phase of this initiative, TLC will work closely with both groups and with the Duggar family on a one-hour documentary that will include Jill and Jessa and other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse.

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 documentary will be commercial free, and we anticipate it will air later this summer.”

So unfortunately they aren’t being pulled off television just yet, giving TLC the opportunity to benefit?big time?off the controversy. But at this point, nearly two months after the news broke that eldest son Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls including four of his own sisters, we should probably just take what we can get.