19 Kids and Counting: Should TLC Cancel the Series in the Wake of Josh Duggar Sex Abuse Confession?

19 Kids and Counting Cancelled

Pressure is mounting on TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of eldest son Josh Duggar’s acknowledgement that he sexually molested underage girls — including, allegedly, some of his sisters — when he was a teenager. (UPDATE: TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule, effective immediately.)

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” the now-27-year-old said in a statement. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends.

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“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,” he added. “I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

A TLC spokesperson declined to comment.

The cable net has been down a similar road before, having axed Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in June following reports that Mama June was dating a convicted child molester.

 

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286 Comments
  1. Kate says:

    They are hateful, hypocritical anti-equality bigots who twist the Bible to suit their own needs and don’t value their daughters as much as their sons. They’re the kind of people who give Christians a bad name and they should be off of TV immediately.

    • Even after this came out, they have been about protecting and defending their son Josh and not about the damage done to their daughters.

      • B says:

        Exactly! Because, in their world view, the son is a person and the daughter is simply a vessel to have sex with and impregnate. It’s so sickening.

        • John says:

          No different from certain Muslim circles where women are thought of as mere property and vessels for child bearing. Nothing else.

          • Rosie Traylor says:

            I am a Muslim woman, and that is not true.

          • Lucifer says:

            Rosie, you must be in a first world country with a moderate family then.

          • John says:

            @Rosie. Re-read my post. I said “certain Muslim circles”, not “all Muslim circles”. There is a difference, don’t get your headscarf in a twist. ;-) but Look at how ISIS treat women. Property & vessels for their children, nothing more than that. I was just pointing out that this sort of behavior spans religions. This family of so-called Christians spews hate in the name of God, they aren’t any better than ISIS and certain other radical Muslim factions that spew hate in the name of God too.

          • BusComm says:

            Why mention Muslims? You have no idea what true Muslims are like if you state something like this. You could add no different from certain Christians or Buddhists that are not right in their min.. because thst is an abuser who is not right in his mind!

          • latifah says:

            Why talk about the moslim circle talk about all those priest molesters

          • jo says:

            Muslims have nothing to do with this story! This is a serial molester who did not get counseling and is very likely to someday pick up where he left off. His family presents themselves as godly people who say gay people molest children and they have a heterosexual child molester in there house.

        • E says:

          Their son is evil not a Christian

        • There are kids. On. This. Website. Please. Use. A. Different. Word. Than. Sex. Like. Molesting

    • My thoughts exactly. The poll should have a third option. “Never should have been a show.”

    • Absolutely right, Kate. This family was a freakish side show to begin with…this just cements my belief that they should be yanked of the air and deposited in some remote, isolated compound in Hayden, Idaho.

    • Sobe says:

      The Duggar’s are as far from hateful as you can get. Do you even watch the show? Maybe you should so you know what you are talking about. Sad that people can’t be Christians without being labeled as ‘hateful’ for having religious beliefs.

      • If you do hateful things like work for so-called defense of man-woman marriage groups (which were never in need of defending), it goes beyond religious beliefs and straight into hate. I know Christians who believe otherwise, so do not use the Bible as a shield for bigotry.

        • Angela says:

          Exactly. And if you’re sitting there supporting “traditional marriage” and groups that vilify gay people as “sinful” all while you’ve got a past that involves molesting children and incest, then you’re a MASSIVE freaking hypocrite and need to just shut up. That has nothing to do with “religious beliefs” and everything to do with being an offensive creep, and is totally worthy of being called out for the screwed up way of thinking that it is. I’m sick to death of people hiding behind their religion and their Bible to justify their warped, outdated beliefs.

      • Amen I so agree. We Christians are not perfect or even close but should not be throwing others to the wolves.just pray for all involved

      • betsy says:

        aw look at you trying to hide bigotry under the religious freedom label. that’s cute. still bigotry, though!

      • SARAH SHOWALTER-MOORE says:

        AMEN TO THAT!

      • Mary says:

        They are blaming the victims of their sons molestion ignoring all the other civil right hate they’ve shown, that one act of blaming little girls for being molested what word would you use to describe them?

    • Angela says:

      Exactly. I never understood why they were deserving of a TV series as it was, and they always struck me a creepy family. This just confirms my unsettled feelings about them-they’ve got some SERIOUS issues they need to work out. Their focus should be on that, and not on being on TV.
      And their horribly skewed idea of Christianity needs some major reevaluating and fixing, too.

    • Catherine Reeves says:

      Kate, you are so full of it. They treat their daughters with love and respect. The duggars did not approve of what Josh did, and took appropriate actions.
      They have 19 kids, for gosh sakes. They are not all going to be perfect angels. Some may even be gay, who knows.

      • Angela says:

        They have 19 kids, for gosh sakes. They are not all going to be perfect angels.

        ….wow.
        Just…wow.

      • Melinda Gunther says:

        APPROPRIATE actions? Are you psychotic? They tried to cover it all up. They waited over a YEAR before cooperating with the authorities…and then they went to a cop who was completely BIASED as he was a good friend of the family who would help cover it up…AND that cop was a fellow pedophile who is now serving a 56 year sentence in prison. The family’s actions are despicable.

      • Susan says:

        For one it’s no ones business how many children anyone chooses to have! He was a 15 year old child -that doesn’t make it right, but he’s learned and grown a lot in 12 years. No one knows what happens behind closed doors. We don’t know what measures were taken to help the girls heal! Josh was never tried or found guilty. Someone is just trying to find things wrong with them and stir up trouble, again, 12 years after the fact. Celebrity or not, you should not have to tell the world every single thing in your life. Once this became public knowledge, Josh immediately stepped up to the plate. He owned his actions and publicly apologized. They are doing everything they can! How dare anyone compare this to Honey Boo Boo. That was about a grown woman who made disgusting choices and then tried to cover them.
        I have watched this show for years. I learn lessons where I can and let everything else role off. The Duggars have been forth coming and have never said they were perfect!
        Btw I am a Christian who believes in gay rights and the right to choose. I may not agree with everything the Duggars do. But those kids ar kind hearted, loving and well behaved. We can all learn from others whether we believe everything they do or not. These people deserve to keep their show. I would much rather watch this with my children, than the smutty, swearing, sexual shows that over run TV!!!!!!

    • Hailie says:

      Everything you just said is a lie. I love the Duggers and if you don’t like them you don’t have to talk bad about them.

  2. Rebecca says:

    The Duggar family has always creeped me out. I’m not surprised by this news.

  3. Jay says:

    Should be cancelled for sure. I despise the focus that the statement and the family are putting on him and HIS life, rather than his sisters – the victims. Abhorrent.

  4. Karen says:

    If the parents had gone to the authorities immediately, I probably would support them. The fact that it took a year (supposedly) for the father to report anything puts them in a very bad light. Just goes to show we all have those skeletons in our closets. By the way, I have never watched the show and don’t support the fact that just because Mrs. Duggar is fertile, she has to have all those kids.

    • Stacey T. says:

      And then he reported it to a family friend who was a trooper…..who, by the way, is now in jail on child pornography charges……

    • Angela says:

      What disturbed me about Mrs. Duggar having all those kids is the fact that a lot of those later pregnancies caused serious health issues for her. But God forbid her husband actually get with the modern times and use things like birth control or get a vasectomy (or she get her tubes tied, whichever). Nah, he’ll just keep on impregnating her, health risks to her body be damned, because it’s “what God wants”. Ick.
      And yes, the idea that the parents barely did anything over this makes it all the more horrific. Especially if they kept bringing kids into this family knowing full well there was a child molester around.

    • Diana says:

      Not only skeletons, but I feel like they are hiding behind their god, thinking if the have prayer group and go on missionary tours and pretend you’re Christian, you will get by, or protected from everything. Hmm, didn’t work the priests, did it?

  5. All the smiles and all the creepiness and , most of all, the self-righteous we-know-best attitude has all along been hiding terrible lies.

  6. 122GuessYouKnew says:

    Disgusting behaviour. The fact he states “before it ruins my life” well guess what you horrific person? You have already ruined so many lives around you. Awful. Get these excuse for people off the TV asap.

  7. Sonja says:

    What are the chances the behavior really stopped? My guess is the girls were told to be quiet. time for TLC to find new ideas for TV shows instead of large families.

  8. LILK says:

    yes cancel it! honey boo was cancelled and it was bc mama june was phoographed with a child molester. tlc ACTUALLY HAS ONE ON AIR that they are paying. CANcEL HE SHOW IMMEDIATELY!

  9. JBC says:

    Wow, how did they not think this would come out. Sad!

    • JBC says:

      What they need to do is an episode confronting this situation with a professional counselor for the parents and children, since the parents should have never done the show knowing this and we need a forum to hear from the sisters who were victimized. I believe in forgiveness, but they need to be honest.

      • Nicole says:

        But the problem with that is that I don’t think the sisters would even say anything against the family. It’s disgusting to say the least.

        • B says:

          Well, they shouldn’t be forced to talk about it if they don’t want to. But it horrifies me that they lived in that same house for years. Especially since these are probably girls who are old enough to move out in most situations, but wouldn’t be allowed to until they are married.

          • Nicole says:

            I’m not talking forced. I just don’t think they’d say anything bad at all. Like they aren’t traumatized by it at all.

      • P4K says:

        What!?!?! That’s absurd! A forum for YOU?!?!

      • P4K says:

        “We need a forum!?!?!” That’s absurd!!!

      • CountryQueen says:

        WE don’t need a forum to hear about this. Let them deal with this in private. But they certainly need to deal with it.

        • JBC says:

          Yes, you are right, forum is probably not the right word. I just think if this family has opened themselves to the media for years that they need to be transparent and be honest and deal with it and publicly apologize to their fans.
          I have never watched the show, but I know they get high ratings, so maybe in the long run by dealing with it publicly they can help other people who have dealt with similar things to do the right thing. I am wondering also if this guy was 15 when it happened and if they did report it to the police and he went through family court if his records would have been sealed because he was a minor. I feel bad for the girls.

    • B says:

      Bigger question: how did it take so long to come out?!

  10. Baygirlie says:

    Holier Than Thou family should never have had a show. Lots of lies and cover ups behind those gummy smiles.

  11. dj says:

    I don’t know why anyone watches a tv show about parents who are addicted to having more children. It’s ridiculous and it’s nothing more than kids raising kids. The parents certainly can’t raise them all. Should have been shelved a long time ago.

  12. If they don’t cancel it, I’d like a list of the advertisers that are keeping it on the air. So I know who not to give my dollars to.

  13. TaMara says:

    What is really disturbing are the reports that the media knew about this not long after it was reported to the police and yet they continued to hold these creepy people up as some kind of Christian icon (imho, quoting the bible and having a bunch of kids does not make you Christian, which seems to be the criteria for many of those who watch the show).

  14. J. Davis says:

    If TLC doesn’t cancel they are condoning what has happened, maybe the parents thought they were protecting their son but what about their daughters or whoever else was a victim. Victim is the key word. I did watch but I will no longer, those who do watch are no better than TLC, it’s like saying it is okay. Cancel the show!

    • Diana says:

      Yes,I was a victim. And…I loved this show!!! But to cover it up, hmmm is just what I endured… I will not condone their behavior. this really shouldn’t about whether or not the show should be on, it should be, should another “”” Christian “””” (deemed lightly) get by with yet another heinous crime? My heart aches for the victims, including the sisters!!!

  15. Without a doubt it should be cancelled, these people are absolutely hateful, hypocritical bigots who think because they follow the teachings of the Bible it gives them license to pass judgment on those who are different. I can only hope their children are able to rise above their narrow minded belief system and archaic teachings.

  16. Buster says:

    I always had a feeling that these were a bunch of sick people with horrible secrets. They all just keep popping out more kids so they can have a TV show. I never understood why people watched this show. Now we all know what kind of people they actually are. They waited a year to go to authorities and instead of getting the boy real help they sent him away to build a
    house. How exactly did that teach him to not touch girls while they are sleeping especially your own dang sisters. Also what a horrible message to send to your daughters that were his victims. Keep your mouth shut so we can continue to make money off this show and keep our endorsements. They thought praying would make it all better. Well everybody knows the truth now. Time to do the right thing and shut it down TLC. Need to stay away from the Duggar’s and the Honey Boo Boos and actually put something good on TV.

    • Maria says:

      I agree with you that boy is a sick monster and his parents didn’t handle him right how do we know he’s not molesting his own daughter if he is sick enough to ruin his sisters lives what’s to stop him from ruining his daughters he’s a monster

      • E says:

        I understand that he is sick I think he should be sent to a mental fisility but the show should be with his family not with him

  17. Dave says:

    I just wish reality TV would go away forever.

  18. Latisha White says:

    I think 19 kids and counting should definitely be cancelled. Child molestation is a serious matter, and the fact that this family tries to put on this holy front meanwhile you have siblings molesting each other is crazy. We know your not squeeky clean and I don’t want to see the lies. It is a privilege plto be on Tv and that boy should not get to reap the benefits of reality Tv, I don’t care how much counselling he recieved he molested 5 girls which we know about he should’ve have went to jail (not get a spot on TlC).

  19. P4K says:

    What!?!?! They need a forum for YOU!?!?! That’s absurd!

  20. Patrick says:

    These allegations are bad enough. Having that many kids, in today’s climate, is unconscionable. That sort of reckless procreation should not be encouraged.

  21. Jared says:

    TLC sure knows how to pick them!

  22. Rosie Ann Carbaugh says:

    He confessed, had counseling, God forgave him & helped him to take a new path in life. No one pursued his case. End of story. Everyone makes mistakes in life, but they pick up the and move on. That’s what Josh did. Everyone deserves a scecond chance

    • Meg says:

      The cop that they “confessed” to was a family friend and is now incarcerated because of child porn.

      • Caro says:

        And the case wasn’t pursued because the statute of limitations had expired (3 years).

        • Cassie says:

          And maybe also because the girls he abused were his own sisters and their parents (The Duggar parents) didn’t want to see Josh put in jail if “Jesus forgave him”?

    • Vince says:

      Except Josh would claim that as a gay man I do not deserve love or happiness. But because he claims to have made a “mistake” and made peace with God, he deserves happiness? No! He has built a career on perpetrating the myth that all gay men are a danger to children. All the while HE is the true danger! He is a disgusting human being on just about every level. The only people that deserve anything in this situation are his victims. I hope they get all the support they need. As for him, he can rot.

    • P says:

      How do you know God forgave him? And even if he did, how is that relevant here?

      These people stand up and judge people all the time. Karma…

      • Patrick says:

        Yeah. When someone claims that “God forgave them” I’m going to need actual God to actually show up an proclaim that forgiveness.

    • kim says:

      Once a child molester always a child molester. It’s a proven fact that counseling does NOT WORK

      • Maria says:

        He’s a monster and should be in jail not on tV acting as a holier than thou Christian which we all know is a lie why would the Duggers even want to be on TV after defending that humiliation of a son

    • CandaceTX says:

      You are correct: “Everyone deserves a second chance”
      But that does not mean everyone deserves to stay on television.

      He got his second chance by not being convicted. Something his parents covered up and kept him from. They are complicit.

    • Clandestine Green says:

      He never received any counseling. Molesting someone is not a mistake, it is a trait that cant be counseled away. It was easy for Josh to move on since he wasn’t the one molested. Daddy Duggar cleaned up his mess and Josh got off scott free. Would you feel the same if a child molester moved into your neighborhood or are you just star struck by these idiots?

    • shahendr says:

      “He confessed…”
      Actually, he didn’t, not at first. His sister told on him. And after that, pretty much nobody confessed. In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say the sister who wrote the note and left it in the book probably got in more trouble than Josh did.

      “had counseling…”
      No he didn’t. Mom confessed later in the same interview that the “counselling” was actually just a family acquaintance who put him to hard labor. There was no counselling.

      “God forgave him…”
      Well he didn’t fondle God. He fondled his sisters. I hope that his sisters’ forgiveness was genuine and not that, as I suspect, they were forced to. I’d like to think that they really have forgiven him for it.

      “No one pursued his case…”
      You’re right. And THAT is a huge problem.

    • Derby says:

      What about his victims? How come everyone prattles on about God and no one talks about the victims? Sexually abusing your sisters is not “a mistake.” It’s a crime. And he never got counseling, he did construction.

      You people who excuse this are just as sick in the head as he is. I’m sure you’d love to have him babysit your daughters, right?

    • Jay says:

      Wow. Good to know if anyone ever touches YOUR kids, all they have to do is place lip service to Jebus AND ALL WILL BE RIGHT. Meanwhile, we who are sane, will lock them up for the scum they are.

    • Mary says:

      No sorry you molest a child or rape someone you don’t get a second chance you are DONE. God can forgive if he chooses but in life that is the crime you ARE NEVER FORGIVEN FOR. This man is a twisted sick pervert who should be in prison, never allowed near children or parks. There are some things you can’t move on from

    • Diana says:

      You’ve obviously never been molested. These perpetrators are monsters, regardless of age, and your own sisters? My heart goes out to them. An alcoholic is always an alcoholic whether he/she drinks again. Same goes for a molester –will always be, whether he/she acts on it or not. Now, The victim???? That’s a whole diff story!!!!!!

    • Jewels says:

      God is not real, God is just an excuse to do bad things and ask for forgiveness. I do not believe in God but i do know right from wrong and I know this without a made up character to tell me.

    • Jh says:

      Yet the girls (sisters) don’t get a “second chance”. Only 1 first time for getting molested.

  23. dman6015 says:

    Yes. Not only for the heinous acts he committed, but also because the parents and police officials covered it up and swept it under the rug. If not for an anonymous call to the Oprah show when they were about to appear in 2006, it would have never been investigated. The police official they finally talked to about it is now sitting in jail on child pornography charges. Some family values.

  24. iHeart says:

    I wonder how long until there is a fault with this new Willis Family show. Still TLC should cancel 19KaC. But then again this was something that happened years ago, I mean Oprah did the right thing by turning them away when it happened. Actually I don’t know what to think now. Still I wish TLC was still the learning channel not The Lousy Channel (I couldn’t think of anything to use for L)

  25. Meg says:

    I’m so sick of seeing people defend this sickening behavior. I don’t care that he confessed to God. I don’t care that he was “only 14.” There are 14 year olds who are and will be registered sex offenders. That’s what he should be. The same people defending him are the same people who would be calling for his violent death if it was anyone else.

    The show should be cancelled. Stop glorifying this behavior and pretending it’s ok because “God forgave him.”

    • Clandestine Green says:

      Amen to that…would any of these people be so forgiving if a child molester moved next door to them or are they just star struck?

  26. Tony Lang says:

    They should simply launch a new show starring that guy and the Honey Boo Boo “mother”. Living together. With special guest Bill Cosby.

  27. Ames says:

    I’m concerned about anyone who voted NO in the above poll. Really hoping it was a click mistake.

  28. Jojo says:

    Just be done with them. Their message has been bigoted and hateful for years, the hypocrisy is infuriating. It’s cool for them to rail against lifestyles that they deem to be alternative but for years they hide and shield themselves from the their own secrets which are far more twisted then the litany of things they have fought against over the years (gay marriage, transgender rights, etc…). If this had happened to anyone else they would’ve crusaded against them in the name of their Christian values. Karma has caught up with them and their “values”.

  29. Child abuse and incest? Yes, it is not necessary for these people to be on TV.

  30. Princess Adora says:

    Having never seen the show, I could be really off here, but if they actually deal with the aftermath of this horrible situation, it could showcase what people go through when dealing with past abuse (for the kids that he hurt) and whether or not a criminal really can become a better person when he admits to doing wrong and gets help. Especially in today’s society with so many ridiculous people who victim-blame in cases of rape, if they deal with this issue honestly and openly, it could really open a positive dialogue. …but TLC will probably just whitewash over it, so I guess I should’ve voted “yes” to cancelling the show.

  31. Jimmy says:

    Of course they should. Why would TLC want to be in business with a family that not only hid the fact that their son molested his sisters but then allowed that molester to still live around the victims. When you consider the Duggars hold themselves up as these paragons of morality and Christian values and we find out this not only occurred but was swept under the carpet how could they continue to be in business with them. The money may be good, but there are other freaks out there you can build a show around.

  32. knd24 says:

    I thought they should have been canceled before with them spewing their hate rhetoric. This just solidifies what hypocritical delusional people they are.

  33. Cass says:

    I wonder if TLC was aware of this all along and hoped that it would never see the light of day. It’s been reported that before the family was to appear on the Oprah show, someone who was aware of the situation contacted the show and let it be known ahead of the interview. I would think the same person would have contacted TLC if not before the show aired, then shortly after it started becoming popular.

    • maryploppins says:

      Exactly, I’ve been thinking the same thing. The idea that someone would contact Oprah about this and NOT TLC makes no sense at all. That person *has* to have contacted TLC too. I’d be willing to bet that TLC knew about it and either chose not to follow-up on the accusation, or sat on the information purposely, trying to ride out the success of the show until it finally became public. At which point they now claim to be “shocked and horrified.”

  34. kim says:

    If it was anyone else, they would have to register. It’s a proven fact that counseling does not work for these sickos. I’m completely disgusted that because they hid behind their religion it’s all “better”.

  35. everloved says:

    yes, cancel it and all other tv shows. but specifically for the duggars, not keeping the tv show is not a sign of being unforgiven, just time to go. it got too weird.

  36. Jill says:

    The authority in question was a State Trooper that was a family friend AND later received a 56 year jail sentence for child pornography…. It was hardly investigated properly. Jim admits to knowing about it for a year before seeking help. TLC should certainly cancel it because of Josh did and what his parents failed to do! Shameful

  37. CountryQueen says:

    I think one of the poll choices should be F@&* YES!

  38. It’s been yanked! :)

  39. Iris says:

    There’s no guarantee that that hasn’t happened again or is still happening.

  40. John says:

    Fondling other kids is molesting, no matter what the age is when this happened. This guy should be jailed and the show should be axed. And 19 kids?! Seriously? Did the guy ever hear of condoms or keeping it in his pants?

  41. eva says:

    You gotta love it how TLC keeps throwing money at creeps and then acting surprised when the creeps show their true colors… how many times have we been through that now?

    • Diana says:

      I loved the show but I laughed, did anyone watch Jessa try to cook the first meal for Ben? She didn’t even have a proper knife to cut the sweet potato! Really? 900 people at your wedding, I’m sure they made a ton of money just showing Jessa’s wedding, and the $$$$ of $$$ making this family show for near a decade, couldn’t Jim Bob share the wealth with his kids? Couldn’t someone buy Jessa a good knife??? Lol ridiculousness

  42. John says:

    Stephen Collins did the same thing but repented years later, his career is over and he practically got run out of town. This guy gets to keep his job, why? Because he’s “God fearing Chrisrian”?! Apologies, but that is not a get out of jail free card.

  43. ZhaneEndrick says:

    I don’t like this show or the family. You know how I reinforce that? I don’t watch it. It really is that simple.

  44. Not a Fan of This Show says:

    If it seems to good to be true,chances are it is. Have never watched this show and hate seeing the promos for it when I do watch TLC. TLC, please take this off the air.

    • Not a Fan of This Show says:

      I just read on Yahoo that TLC has pulled the show from its schedule, hopefully, never to return.

  45. Timmah says:

    That would be a good start. Then Fox could take their hit show off the air that stars a domestic abuser.

  46. Lachen says:

    God is a God of forgiveness. The bible says that when Jesus Forgives us he forgives and forgets. People should stop worrying about religion and know God and his word. I believe that if the duggars did the right thing in reporting Josh and if he has not ever done it again. He should be forgiven. If his family can do that who are we to Judge. There’s more going on in the world than worrying about past actions we have more present problems in the world we should give out attentions to.

    • John says:

      Men abusing women is part of the issue in today’s world, honey. And it starts with people like Duggan and you. God doesn’t give you a get out of jail free card the moment you commit certain illegal and disgusting acts.

      • Angela says:

        Exactly.
        To say nothing of the fact that not everyone believes in God, or at least, not the Christian God, so anyone pleading to forgive this guy ’cause the Christian God does, that would be a totally moot argument for the non-believers.
        I don’t really care what God’s views on this issue are. I DO care that those girls get the help they desperately need and this guy gets the punishment he deserves for his crimes. And if it’s indeed true that anyone else in this family was complicit in covering this up, they deserve to be punished, too.

    • :-) says:

      There are too many little girls running around in that family for someone outside the family not to provide oversight. By their handling of the situation they have proved less than capable.
      God is a God of forgiveness but he is also a God of order and love. There is a way this should have been handled. Nothing that has been reported about this reflects a divine order or love. This sounds like a messy situation with all the love focused on protecting the son.

    • SARAH SHOWALTER-MOORE says:

      AMEN TO THAT!

    • Diana says:

      God is only a forgiver if we are repentant. And that’s the truth of the Bible. The situation here is They are a sweeper of events. Report right away, or years later when you knew- that, is a sweeper. All guilty in my book. Of course his family can forgive, then all blame goes away, and their guilty conscious is set free. Come on, think of the victims, think of the sisters, think of how their honeymoons had to have gone. They’ve already been violated, now they have to push past that and be trusting that their husband won’t hurt them. Poor girls.

  47. Lachen says:

    “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2

    • Ron says:

      Are you quoting this scripture to tell us that we shouldn’t judge him after he confessed to molesting his sisters and another non-family member…while they were sleeping?!?!?! You need to have many, many seats. What about this family for all their judgments of the LGBTQ community? I find it odd that this family won’t accept and openly condemns consenting adults who are in a same-sex relationship, but they can make justifications all day long for their son sexually assaulting their daughters. Get outta here with that mess.

    • Janessa says:

      Quoting scripture does not make totally inappropriate illegal behaviour go away. The fact you are not outraged by child molestation suggests you may actually think it is part of being a ultra conservative christian. Forgive the sinner rather than helping protecting and certified counselling for the many victims.

    • Jh says:

      Tell that to Josh and his outlook on gays.

  48. Helen Pasqual says:

    At least in my area, todays showing of 19 kids was replaced by The Little Couple…don’t know if TLC took it off the air or if it’s not showing currently because this news just surfaced. I always thought Jim Bob ( not Josh) had a”creepy” relationship with his daughters, especially “letting them go” when they got married. And…so much for being “pure” before marriage.

  49. JB Smooove says:

    I love all the smug a-holes commenting on this. where were you when that creepy whoar bag leah dunham so gleefully expressed how she molested her sister. no pitchforks were raised against her. both are equally wrong, one is condoned.

    • John says:

      I was there. Definitely outraged at the issue. The feminazis thought Leah whatshername molesting her sister was cute and “empowering” to women for some effed up reason. Go figure how the world works.

      Of course TLC canceled honey boo boo the moment pics of her momma dating the pedo who molested her daughter. Yet they are still keeping this 19 kids and counting stuff on air. Why? Oh gosh, wouldn’t want to offend the conservatives/Christians I reckon.

    • Timmah says:

      Networks will forgive any kind of abuse as long as you make them enough money.

    • Larry says:

      I think we can have a discussion without resorting to calling people a-holes. So please watch your language in a public forum. However you are correct that both actions are equally wrong. I don’t know much about Leah Dunham but I don’t think she ever claimed she was a Christian or conservative. And that is the difference here. We should be keeping the conversation on 19 Kids and Counting and if it merits keeping on the air -NOT on deflecting the issue.

      To me, keeping the show on the air just creates issues that any conservative platform would have difficulty supporting. This was a show about good family values and now there is a feeling the show was a sham from the beginning and was intentionally being deceitful to the public. Keeping the show on the air after young girls were targets of one of the primary people on the show -the predators own sisters -is a terrible message for a show that is supposed to be about family values.

  50. June Tivnan says:

    I admit I have watched this show almost since the beginning. I enjoyed the recent weddings as I had seen these girls from a much younger age. I am adamantly opposed to their views on gay rights and abortion, most of which you never hear about on their program. I think the family is STRANGE. I enjoy the discussions with the little girls. I think they are hilarious hearing about their views on courtships and marriage. I am blown away from what we heard this morning. I hope the authorities will keep close tabs on this family, as I feel if he was molesting his sisters, I am very fearful about his daughter Mackenzie?. Are Josh and Anna going for 20, like his parents?. Jill and Jessa didn’t waist any time starting their families. Are they going for 15 or 20 also?