19 Kids Pulled From TLC Schedule; Network 'Saddened and Troubled' By Josh Duggar's Admitted 'Wrongdoing'

19 Kids and Counting Cancelled

TLC has yanked reality hit 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule following eldest son Josh Duggar’s admission that, as a teenager, he sexually molested underage girls — allegedly including some of his sisters.

UPDATE: TLC has issued an official statement about the show’s status: “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”

The show, which premiered in 2008 as 17 Kids and Counting and wrapped its ninth season on Tuesday, follows Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their enormous brood — all of whose names begin with the letter ‘J’ — as they’re raised in the Independent Baptist faith.

Controversy erupted this week when InTouch Weekly published a 2006 police report investigating allegations that Josh Duggar forcibly fondled several girls — and that his parents waited more than a year to report the abuse to authorities.

The now 27-year-old Josh released a statement and stepped down from his post at the Family Research Council, which, among other things, lobbies “to preserve man-woman marriage.”

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

Jim Bob and Michelle released their own joint statement. “When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked… That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God,” they wrote. “We hope somehow the story of our journey — the good times and the difficult times — cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.”

TLC reps did not respond to TVLine’s request for comment on the future of 19 Kids and Counting.

A TVLine poll from Friday morning found that more than 80 percent of readers think TLC should pull the plug on the show.

Did TLC do the right thing in pulling the show from its lineup? Or do they need to go a step further and officially cancel it? Sound off in the comments!

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267 Comments
  1. Amelia says:

    Those poor girls. I can’t imagine having my brother do that to me.

    • LKE says:

      I agree. And then having to continue to live with their abuser. So sad.

      • Amelia says:

        Right? They’re basically brainwashing these girls that it’s okay that your brother molested you because God forgives him and he said he’s sorry.

        • You are so very right

          • Actually. You are so very wrong. He confessed and moved on. Ten years ago. Give it a break. Sure what he did was wrong. But he confessed and hasn’t done it in 10 years. Grow up people. You just want to slander all of Christianity.

          • Angela says:

            Give it a break.
            Seriously?
            But he confessed and hasn’t done it in 10 years.
            1, pedophiles don’t change.
            2. yeah, he confessed…after it all came out. He didn’t do it out of the goodness of his heart, please don’t buy into his BS apology.
            Grow up people. You just want to slander all of Christianity.
            No. I for one have no problem with Christianity.
            This guy and his family are sorry excuses for Christians and don’t deserve to be called such. And you’re the one defending this guy and trying to make excuses for him, so I’m pretty sure we’re not the ones who need to “grow up” here.

          • Francesca says:

            Angela would you being saying get over it if it happened to your child or yourself would you live next to one if you had a child people can’t be rehabilitated by God for such a mental issue and I’m sure memories even after ten years can still haunt people very insensitive

          • Angela says:

            @Francesca: I think you may have misread my post or called out the wrong person. I’m not the one saying “Get over it”, I’m quoting someone else who said it and calling them out for such a cavalier attitude. I DON’T think this is something that people should just be “getting over”, and I’m utterly appalled at the number of people in this comment section who actually seem to think we all should get over this, or who keep referring to this abuse as a “mistake”.

        • rowan77 says:

          It also bothered me that according to the police report, Jim Bob told the detectives that Josh was sent to a Christian rehabilitation program that was part counseling and part hard labor, although he could not remember the name of the program. I’m not surprised because this turned out to be untrue.

          Michelle admitted in her interview that Josh received NO counseling and was simply sent to a friend out of town who was in construction. Josh worked there for four months. No counseling at all from certified professionals. NONE. So Jim Bob lied to the cops, then wouldn’t let his son be interviewed – so the assertion that they went to the cops and Josh confessed also is untrue.

          By not reporting felonies (and some of the charges were just that) even though he knew about them, Jim Bob and Michelle were accessories after the fact. They werer damn lucky no one found out about it until after the statue of limitations ran out.

          What does that tell their daughters? What does that say when they put their son’s secret ahead of their daughters’ safety? And they have a gall to say gay people shouldn’t have the same rights as their pedophile son to get married? Talk about hypocrites.

          • Jeri says:

            We don’t know that e hasn’t done it again.

          • Camille says:

            Amen. Thank you for the additional information. Why is it that so often we find out that the evangelistics are hiding so much. They preach one thing and do another.

    • S.uddenly says:

      After reading all of the comments I am sickened at how all of the concerns seems to be about the molester – “he said he was sorry, so get over it” – NONE of this should be about him but about the girls that he violated. As a victim of sibling abuse i can not begin to explain to you the shame involved for the victim – and now those victims through ZERO fault or choice of their own have been exposed nationally. He may be forgiven by himself, his wife, family, god or even his victims but the scars his victims carry will always be there and they will always run deep. This mess should be canceled immediately and the state should step in and get these children in counseling ASAP. The only concern anyone should have at this point is the VICTIMS. And those people who want to pull Lena Dunham, Bill Clinton or anyone else into this conversation is an uneducated sick person.

      • maggie says:

        I share your concern for the victims. The parents wrongly took steps to protect their son from criminal charges, some of which would have been felonies. But it doesn’t appear that they took any steps to protect their daughters, as they had to live in the same house as their molester. And we really don’t know if he’s discontinued this behavior, because child molesters seldom do. That’s why they are put on sex offender registries.

        I also find it disgusting that Josh Duggar and his mother have campaigned against gay rights, stating the LGBT community is full of child molesters. Specifically, they claim that men who transition to women are only doing it so they can gain access to girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms, so they can molest them. Here they are making sweeping accusations against a group of people, while one of them is an actual child molester, and the other covered for him and continued to leave his victims in his proximity. Sick people.

      • nurseJAZZ says:

        @suddenly Ru for real. People who apologize after being caught is not issuing a genuine apology. Also, you said he ” said he is sorry, so people should move on.” OK, let’s round up all the child molesters so they can say they are sorry too and all their victems can get over it. Oh yeah, once they apologized let’s get them off the sex offender list. Shame on you that you believe all a child molester have to do is to issue an apology and that will be that. Let me school you about something Josh’ s victims can have psychological damage. Many girls who were molested ends up unable to have loving relationship later in life. To hell with Josh Digger because in part of his so call apology he said he knows if he continue down that path. People say that if they are still doing the wrongful act. Josh is still doing it. There should never be a statue of limitation on sexual crime against children. Josh should be registered as a sexual offender. He will do it to his kids. People who commit sex crimes against kids are sick, they have urges that they choose to act on.

        • S.uddenly says:

          I think maybe you should re-read my entire comment and not take a quote about other posts on the matter out of context and attribute it to me.

      • RD says:

        sorry for what happened to you but thank you for explaining to those who think it was just a “mistake” how severe the damage is to the victems

  2. The Grinch says:

    Yeah, “good job, TLC”. Way to take it off your schedule AFTER the marathon you aired when this all came to light. The definition of class. Blegh.

  3. Ro says:

    Sounds like an SVU plot…

  4. Laurine says:

    I don’t think it should be pulled. I think it should be shown on air and dealt with, so that people can see that this “perfect” family has dark side. Maybe they can help people deal with real life issues eg. How did they cope, what did they do? How are the victims doing now?

  5. Annie says:

    On a rather shallow note, thanks god. I’m sick of seeing this show on TLC all damn day when I’d much rather be watching bridal shows

  6. AngelWasHere says:

    Another crappy TLC show bites the dust. I must say what’s with these families?! This is the 2nd time a child molester has been involved. It’s sickening.

  7. Pat says:

    I am glad that they were pulled from the lineup. What is disgusting, is that the parents knew about this. They want all who follow this family to forgive their son, as well as themselves. Please do not use the kindness of God as your way of redemption. God has nothing to do with this other then to condemn those who hide these crimes. Yes, they knew all about this and covered it up and proceeded to still have their family paraded on that show. The almighty dollar was all they cared about.

  8. Jordan says:

    I think the public and all of their comments are more “sick” then the family. You guys are ridiculous. First of all, whoever leaked this PRIVATE report should be in huge trouble, it is a closed document from 12 years ago! Any of you who supports Hilary Clinton, well look at her husband. Any of you go see Woody Allen movies? Look at his record. Any of you listen to Michael Jackson? Well look what he did. The world is a hateful place, unless it comes to somebody well liked in the media, then it’s okay.
    He’s not still doing it, he made a mistake as a kid. It’s over, and it was dealt with over a decade ago.

    • Don’t defend him or his family. Jackson was never convicted and Allen is a creep. As for Hilary’s husband, surely you’re not suggesting that Clinton having affairs is the same as this?

      • Lucifer says:

        Bill Clinton was accused of raping several women going back decades. It was the equivalent to the current Bill Cosby issue except the media pretty much ignored it.

        • maggie says:

          Bill Clinton was accused of raping ONE woman, Juanita Broaddrick, and she changed her story so many times it wasn’t believable. She only came up with the story after Clinton commuted a sentence for a guy who killed her best friend’s father. That friend, Norma, and Norma’s sister, were the ones who claimed that Broaddrick told them about the alleged rape. In fact, at the time she claimed she was raped by Clinton, she was actually having an extra-marital affair, with the man she later left her husband for. The one time she was asked about her accusation of rape, under oath, was during the Paula Jones case. Being under oath meant she could be charged with perjury for lying. She stated, under oath, that Clinton had not raped her, nor had he made any type of sexual advancements towards her. So in interviews, where she couldn’t be held legally accountable, she claimed rape, and when it was under oath, where she could be held legally accountable for perjury, there was no rape or any sexual advances.

          Ken Starr didn’t believe her story of rape, and never called her to testify under oath during his long investigation.

    • sheryl says:

      and if it was your child? forgive and forget? I doubt it

    • Dr.bombay says:

      Bill Clinton didn’t have sex with a minor. And like it or not, nothing was proven about Allen or Jackson. Also, none of them ever made there livings as self appointed moral authorities. So in summary, your point is idiotic…

      • S. says:

        Actually it pretty much *was* as close to proven as you can get with Allen without going through discovery, etc. at trial. They just didn’t take it to court because they were concerned about the damage it’d do to the then young victim who even now suffers from PTSD as an adult. She hears things about him and basically has a breakdown. The authorities felt they had enough on him.

    • Yes, it’s okay to be publicly homophobic while privately a depraved child abuser. What right do any of us have.

    • Amelia says:

      Police reports aren’t private due to the Freedom of Information Act so there was nothing to leak. And sex offenders don’t change their stripes I hate to break it to you.

      • Merrcherr says:

        Exactly – police records are public records at a certain point, and on top of which lets do the math…if the incident happened in 06, and the show began in 08 that means the family was facing the potential leak of this information the whole time they’ve been on air…I’m concerned for Josh’s wife and kids…how do you raise a family with the possible risk of your children becoming his next victims?

    • alicat says:

      it wasn’t leaked..in touch filed to gain it through FOIA

    • Mary Imel says:

      Agreed. I think everyone is so happy this show is cancelled because they couldn’t stand the wholesomeness of it. They relish the fact that one of it’s “stars” is now exposed with skeletons in his closet and they can now cry “Cancel them! Good Riddance!” You all love that, don’t you? The truth is, you hated this show and the people in it because you hated their beliefs and their way of life. Now you have something to grasp onto so that you can legitimately scream “cancel it!” You must have hated the show so much even before all this sexual abuse scandal came to light, or you wouldn’t so gleefully be crying “Good riddance!”

      The truth is, what you want is more reality shows that portray parents with “transgendered” children — parents who even go as far as finding a way to give their kids sex-change operations so those kids can finally “be who they were meant to be.” You don’t seem to mind reality shows featuring unmarried shack-ups and same-sex “married” couples.
      “19 Kids and counting” was refreshing because it was so different from the usual fare on TV. Now it’s been pulled, and I imagine it will be replaced with something else more “pallatable” to our generation.

      • AngelWasHere says:

        Your assumptions are freaking ridiculous. Just because we don’t support this ridiculous family with a zoo full of kids, it doesnt make anyone evil or wishful for anything you suggest. I personally would like to see all these type of the shows to go away. Nothing good comes out of them.

      • Axp says:

        Yes, because a ‘wholesome’ show about how a family covers up their child molester son and accuses gay people of being a danger to children, all the while protecting the abuser and not their daughters who we’re molested is such a refreshing change.

      • cindy says:

        I agree. This show was one of the few wholesome shows left and our society is so unGodly anymore that it grasps any satanical straw to destroy good things. I am so
        Sick of seeing the kardashians/jenners twisted, lopsided lives and choices aired like laundry. This is simply the devil at work!! And another thing. Lets watch throwing those stones oh ye who r faultless. At least he asked forgiveness and admitted His wrong doing.

        • Angela says:

          Yeah, somehow I think our society will survive without this “wholesome show” (pardon me while I laugh loudly and long at that) there to “guide our way”.
          Here’s a little tip for you: if a child molester is on the show, it’s not “wholesome”. Mmkay?

        • RD says:

          this is not just a skeleton.there were young girls who were all under 13 whos lives will be affected forever

        • sharri says:

          I think all reality shows are ridiculous. Go live your life and stop watching someone else’s for entertainment!

      • Angela says:

        I’ll gladly watch shows featuring transgendered children (who actually exist and are real human beings, by the way, no need to put that in quotations, thanks), and unmarried couples and same-sex couples. Because newsflash: those people aren’t doing anything wrong.
        And the idea that you’d be MORE angry at the thought of shows featuring those types of people being on TV than you are at the idea that a show involving a creepy family who warped the Christian faith for their own bizarre means AND who had a child molester in their midst whose crimes they helped cover up gets pulled off the air…well, that says a LOT about where your messed up priorities lie.
        And yes, I did have a problem with these people’s beliefs and way of life. I have a problem with a man continuing to impregnate his wife knowing full well the latter pregnancies caused her serious health issues. I have a problem with a mindset that is so freaking restrictive and outdated that even the simple act of kissing before marriage is somehow some “sinful” thing. I have a problem with these people acting all holier-than-thou and supporting groups that discriminate against gays, bisexuals, and transgendered folks while covering up things like incest and molestation in their own family.
        This family was practically cult-like in their behavior. They’re an embarrassment to the actual, genuine Christians out there. And I’m glad their behavior is being exposed, and hope Josh and those who helped cover up his crimes get the punishment they deserve, and that the girls he molested get the help they desperately need.

        • Beatrice says:

          And I bet you supported Bill Clinton and Michael Jackson and Woody Allen til the bitter end.

          • Mariana Trench says:

            And I suppose you support David Vitter, Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker and Mark Sanford to the bitter end too?

          • Angela says:

            Never seen a single Woody Allen movie and have no desire to. Not a Michael Jackson fan, either, nor do I condone Bill Clinton’s actions (which I’ve only ever heard presented as him having affairs. If it’s been proven that he assaulted women, however, that’s a whole other story and makes him unworthy of my support altogether). So maybe try and hold off on the assumptions, mmkay?
            Besides that, they’re not the topic of discussion at this moment. This guy is. So instead of making assumptions about what kinds of people those who are against this guy would support, maybe focus all your anger on the guy who actually, you know, molested children instead?

      • Dee says:

        I never saw the appeal.. I never liked this show, after one episode, I felt it was fake, I was not sure if she wanted to have all those kids or it just because part of the tv show.. I was not interested of drawn to this family.

      • Kevin B says:

        Your logic is warped. I sincerely doubt if “everyone” is happy because this was cancelled because it was a wholesome show and that people instead want a show with transgendered children. Get a grip and stop over-reacting!

      • Ruthie says:

        My oh my! Such vileness! We can have an intelligent discussion here. You are mud slinging. The Duggars are public figures by their own choosing. I don’t care what they believe. But please don’t hold your life up as pure and Holy while vilifying other life styles while hiding your own sin. The Duggars themselves are very judgemental which they cloak with religion. They condemn anyone who does not live/believe as they do. They don’t like African Americans, homosexuals, or anyone who is not like them. God can truly judge but we can see the fruit. The Duggars had some very rotten fruit which they coverd up and left on the tree. They live in a glass house and were slinging stones left and right. They thought cover up was the answer to some very serious issues. I know God forgives and I know his sisters were taught to forgive Josh. But why are they so free to judge others and do not wish to be called out on some very bad mistakes. They need to close the curtain on their lives and do what ever pleases them, but please do not expect to continue receiving large sums of money to hold up your life as some kind of symbol of purity and piety when it is more rotten than most.

        • Carol says:

          The Duggars then and TLC now put money ahead of the very serious child molestation charges that were never dealt with properly or legally. There shouldn’t even be a remote consideration of a spinoff given how the family has presented their beliefs around dating and modesty and promoting the believe that somehow the woman’s modesty or lack there is responsible for a man’s inappropriate behavior.

          Any viewer would invariably wonder if the daughter they were watching on TV was one of the ones Josh molested. This family needs to disappear quietly and get therapy and treatment and TLC needs to rethink their programming values and vetting.

    • timothy says:

      the report wasn’t leaked it was obtained legally through a freedom of information Act request.This happened multiple times over the course of a few years, not just once. They never sent him to get help like they said they would, and when they did tell a police officer it was a family friend who did not report it, and is now serving 50 years for child pornography. So there is no one to feel sorry for except those he did this to.

    • Dmac says:

      It’s called the Freedom of Information act. All legal.

    • Gern Blanston says:

      Nobody leaked it. It was acquired via a Freedom of Information Act request. Time doesn’t make everything okay. He committed a crime and essentially got away with it because the arresting officer was a pedophile himself (he’s now serving 56 years or kiddie porn) so he didn’t even really try and investigate it. And then he got a job on some “pro-family” group telling people what they should and should not do with their kids when he has this on his resume.

    • Adora says:

      To Jordan;
      No I don’t watch Woody Allen movies, you don’t have sex with your wife’s kids. Just as I have no sympathy for the adults who left their children with MJ. Hilary stayed with a cheating husband not a kiddie diddiler. Also as a person who was molested let me tell you it colors the rest of your life and once someone goes down that road to doing those things they pretty much never stop. To me this is just another indication of why no one should have so many children, you can’t properly care for them.

      • Lucifer says:

        Billy Clinton didn’t just cheat, he also has been accused of physically and sexually abusing many women for several decades.

        • echo14612 says:

          Accused. He and Hillary have been “accused” of practically everything, including murder. They’re politicians and their opponents make things up when they’re short of facts. Do you have proof of the truth of any of these accusations?

          This is SO different from a son of a “model Christian family” abusing his sisters and others and his parents covering it up. … And continuing to portray themselves to the world as the kind of people we should emulate … And in this case, everybody involved ADMITTED the wrongdoings!

          People who are not of the Blind Faith community do get a little gleeful when something like this happens because we know that all of us are human and are annoyed by people who, bolstered by faith, believe their path somehow makes they immune to others’ frailties. “Hate” however, is not part of this equation.

        • RD says:

          say what you will about bill clinton he never had sexual contact with children like josh duggar did

      • Lori says:

        I dont believe michael was a child molester…i believe he wad a child

    • Tess says:

      Really??? And you know that he’s not doing it because his parents said so…the same parents that tried to cover up the abuse for over a year! This was a grown teenager who forced himself onto young girls, including his sisters.
      Sexual predators are NEVER miraculously cured. They must seek lifelong in-depth counseling. Flinging around a few “Praise Be To Jesus’ epithets and compounding the offense by portraying holier than thou Christian virtues on a reality program does not constitute treatment…it’s just money-grubbing avarice.

    • Ricky Lee Jones says:

      We do not know if he’s molesting his children or not. What we do know is that at 15-years old, he molested five girls ranging from 4 years old to 11 years old. That makes him a child molester and a pedophile. It’s highly likely he’s still doing it and getting away with it. What he did was a crime and his parents and church knew about it and hid it. The only reason this is out now is because one of his victims wrote about it and put it in a book and that letter got out.

      The world is a hateful place and you contribute to it.

    • GraceM says:

      I agree 100% I’d like to know Tok know who found this report. Apparently somebody went looking for trouble and found it.

    • Guest says:

      I don’t believe Josh is still misbehaving either. I would still watch the show and see how it gets addressed.
      I also believe people can change their lives around.
      I do not condone abuse or molestation. I am very against it.
      I am also a Christian who believes in forgiveness. Not forgetting what happened. If there was wrong doing committed and Josh Duggar has admitted to that, there must be consequences for his actions.

      • Dian Mayo says:

        “Misbehaving?” You have to be kidding! I wonder if he will be listed as a sex offender. Personally, I think he should.

        • RD says:

          the family would never respond accurately to what happened only their version

        • Kevin B says:

          Agree — “misbehaving” is hardly the right term for molesting. Misbehaving is when you miss a curfew, or don’t do your chores, or swear.

      • Melissa says:

        “Misbehaving”? Misbehaving
        is mouthing off to your parents or staying out past curfew. Molesting five girls is way different.

    • Dian Mayo says:

      It makes no matter what someone else did, this is what HE did.

    • Concerned reader says:

      Do you know he still isn’t doing it? Do you know the family personally? He does have a daughter and trust me, as the daughter of a pedophile (who funnily enough was a Christian leader), who was sexually abuse from 4 to 15, I can tell you no matter how many times they say they have or will stop, with easy access to a victim, the only way to stop them is put them in jail or wait for them to die. I feel for those girls because the message is clear they do not matter. And they do.

    • maggie says:

      Hillary Clinton isn’t a child abuser, and neither is her husband. Her husband cheated on her with a consenting adult. Hillary was the victim in the situation, and if she wants to forgive him that’s her business. But there was no crime.

      I don’t go to Woody Allen movies, and more importantly, I don’t go to Roman Polanski movies.

      Sorry, but Josh Duggar only got away with the felonies he committed because his parents covered up his crime, and allowed him to still live with his young victims. The police investigation was only done after the Oprah show had been tipped off about the matter, and they contacted the police. At that time, Josh and his parents admitted what happened, because by then it was past the statute of limitations. These people are not role models, as they were more concerned about covering up a serious crime than they were about the victims. Not only is the son sick, but the parents are too.

  9. Becky says:

    All involved, the crime and the cover up should be in jail. NOW.

  10. Erik Bentsen says:

    If the statute of limitations on these crimes has not expired, all concerned (including mother and father) should be charged and tried. Let the courts decide. With the admissions that have been published, it should be an open and shut case.

    • Amelia says:

      I believe the statute of limitations had passed as of 2006 when the police report was from. I think I read it was 3 years at the time. It’s ridiculous to have any type of statute on cases like these. They are so under reported as it is.

  11. Beth says:

    Absolutely they did the right thing. Do your homework next time TLC.

  12. alicat says:

    good job TLC for yanking this show…i think its time for them to just go away now…no more People mag covers, no more attention, etc. They need to just go on and live their lives.

  13. chelsey says:

    PUT RHEM BACK ON AIR LET OTHERS LEARN FROM HIS MISTAKE EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES I AM SERIOUSLY PISSED OFF BECAUSE UR CANCELLING A SHOW OVER SOMEONES PAST WHIXH HAS BEEN DELT WITH HE ISNT PERFECT NO ONE IS WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE HE WILL FACE GOD WHEN HE DIES FOR HIA PUNISHMENT STOP PUNISHING HIM NOW HE WAS MAN ENOUGH TO COME FOURTH ABOUT IT NOW LAY OFF

    • Sammi says:

      Really? Sexual Molestation is a crime….if it happened to your loved ones you would want justice! No wait, you’ll just pray it away and tell your sister/daughter to get over it right?

    • Sheila says:

      Um, he didn’t come forth, the information was discovered. And what constitutes “dealt with”? Covering it up until enough time passed that he couldn’t be charged?

    • Brooke says:

      Sexually molesting a child isn’t a mistake. It’s a purposeful act that he chose to do very deliberately.

  14. That show needs canceling. Period. If only for its deplorable use of religion as a panacea for any kind of horrible behavior, that show needs to be deep-sixed. Now. People somehow seem to think that saying, “I’m sorry” is the proper remedy for doing any nasty thing they feel they want to do; claiming to have “found God” absolves them of any blame for being a disgusting creep. Enough already! A rotten human is a rotten human. Period. That Josh-creep needs to own his rottenness and the entire family needs to do some serious self-examination. In private. Off of the television screen. Maybe even behind bars. Sheesh! And we wonder why there is so much suffering…

  15. arial2 says:

    No real surprise. “Holier than thou” usually indicates there are some pretty bad skeletons in the closet. Thank heavens for “The Little Couple” and Stacy London! Now if TLC would just keep Kate Gosselin off the schedule, I’d be happy.

  16. dj says:

    I guess someone is going to have to get a job!

  17. Barb Wall says:

    Show should be cancelled immediately.

  18. Joyce Smith says:

    TLC did the right thing. I hate it for the kids, but not the son or the elder Duggars. They should have reported it immediately.

  19. Dmac says:

    How about your prayers are with the victims…Period.

  20. Mark says:

    TLC needs to cancel this show effective immediately!

  21. jean parsons says:

    officially cancel it forever!!!!!

  22. Sara says:

    No amount of praying absolves him from the fact that he is a child molester… He should be held accountable, statute of limitations be damned. Now we know why they can only side hug, to stop Josh from getting turned on. Oh wait, he gets turned on by watching his sisters sleep. This show should never air again. The parents are complicit with his illegal acts.

    • Laura says:

      And what lessons did the four daughters learn – that it was more important to protect the son at the detriment of the daughters? So sorry your brother fondled and molested you while you were sleeping – but it really helps and protects the family if you can just keep your mouths shut, don’t talk about it and pretend it didn’t happen. In other words let’s just keep our fingers crossed that he didn’t go back and do it again or won’t do it to his own children or his sibling’s children?

  23. HAP says:

    The tastiest irony is that he had a position with the Family Research Council. They’re all hypocrites.

  24. RD says:

    This is NOT a case of everyone makes mistakes. This teenager molested girls 13 years old and under. Think about girls you know that age and how you would feel if this happened to them. I can not believe that he was allowed to live in the same house as his young victims. I can now see why they are so strict with the girls, they must think that all young men are like their son. I was a fan of the show,no more. Hope the girls received help in dealing with this. I also hope that Anna watches out for their daughters.

  25. Lucifer says:

    I find it very strange that people are so excited this happened so the show can be cancelled. Most seem to be claiming the main reason it’s worse than other cases of “celebrities” involved with sexual crimes is because the family claimed to have a “moral highground.” Then you all turn around and support Lena Dunham who claims she cares about little girls who are victimized and raped, but admitted to sexually and psychologically abusing her own sister for 10 years, portraying it as a cute-quirky story of adolescence. Not defending this family, but don’t claim you care about victims of sexual abuse when the truth is you lot only care when it’s someone you already dislike so their career is over.

    • a.c. says:

      Exactly. But everyone ignores her actions because she’s a liberal’s wet dream

    • John Grose says:

      Actually, Dunham DENIED having sexually abused her sister. Unlike, say, Duggar.

    • Amelia says:

      You’re being awfully general. I don’t think you can say everyone hear supports Lena Dunham because, well it’s not true. And I don’t think anyone is excited this happened. I would not wish anyone to be a victim of molestation.

  26. t says:

    I pray TLC does not cancel them altogether. Let the family have an episode dedicated to the actual truth of the situation. How the family dealt with it at the time and now how they are dealing with the resurfacing of the actions of a 14 year old boy. This just goes to show you that there is no such thing as a perfect, flawless family. Everyone is so quick to judge others. He was a curious, hormone raging teenager. Why is this even public knowledge? He was never convicted and a minor at that.! Why were these records not sealed?

    • Yes, have a show for the ratings to see the plight of his victims, okay. “He was a curious, hormone raging teenager?” So, his only recourse was to turn to his little sisters all under the age of 12? He was 15 and his crimes are public knowledge b/c of the Freedom of Information Act. Even though he was never convicted, there was a police report filed. If the statute of limitations didn’t conveniently run out, he would have been charged as an adult.

  27. Anita lloyd says:

    I think the show should continue, this was 12 years ago, he has shown a good life of change and man the garbage that’s on TV, at least I had enjoyed watching them. Will not be watching TLC if they take them off.

    • betsy says:

      oh my god are you kidding?

      he’s shown a ‘life of change’ by trumpeting his bigoted views about how gay and trans people are dangers to children when he is an ACTUAL CHILD MOLESTER

  28. jay says:

    Those poor girls are taught from birth to honor and obey men. They are taught to be submissive and that could have a played a part in the sexual molestation going on for so long. Jim Bob and Michele were supposed to protect their daughters, but subjecting them to more sexual molestation. Sick ASXXX parents.

  29. helen says:

    he was a kid himself at the time. he made up for it he apologized which I think must have been hard for him facing the girls. young girls today are much older for their age also because parents want their kids to grow up fast. this is not child molester but teen who got very curious. the magazine didn t dig up this story to help other but themselves financial. so why make it bigger than it is. this young man has made up for something stupid he admits and I m sure many others who are throwing stones aren t any better. and one thing the family realized what happened and made sure the family would follow rules. god you people show your toddlers to shoot with guns where did the toys go to

    • betsy says:

      pretty sure most of the people throwing stones didn’t fondle their preteen sisters, but whatever.

    • “young girls today are much older for their age also because parents want their kids to grow up fast. this is not child molester but teen who got very curious.”

      Wow, nice way to excuse the pedophile and blame the victims. So tell me, how much older did his 5 year old sister look? He was 15 and well aware of what he was doing, b/c there wasn’t one victim, there was at least 5. The ONLY reason he apologized is b/c the report came into light. This wasn’t a “stupid mistake,” this was a crime, a violation of innocence. A “curious teen” as your call him, would sneak out and find someone his age, or buy dirty magazines, they wouldn’t molest their younger sisters.

    • Angela says:

      he was a kid himself at the time.
      So? He still did something very wrong. And at the age of fifteen you know full well what you’re doing.
      he made up for it he apologized which I think must have been hard for him facing the girls.
      Yes, let’s keep talking about how “hard” this is for him. No mention of how hard this must be for, y’know, the girls he actually molested, the ones who are actually traumatized.
      young girls today are much older for their age also because parents want their kids to grow up fast. this is not child molester but teen who got very curious.
      I want you to reread these sentences until it sinks in for you as to what is so wrong about them.
      the magazine didn t dig up this story to help other but themselves financial. so why make it bigger than it is.
      …because it’s kind of a big deal crime, and it doesn’t matter what the magazine’s intentions were, this is something that should be called out because, again, IT’S A BIG DEAL CRIME.
      this young man has made up for something stupid he admits and I m sure many others who are throwing stones aren t any better.
      I’ve never molested anyone. So I’d say I’m perfectly allowed to throw as many stones as I want to throw at this guy and everyone who helped cover this up.
      And his “apology” isn’t sincere. At all.
      and one thing the family realized what happened and made sure the family would follow rules.
      No, actually, they didn’t. Other people in this thread have pointed out that they let this go on way too long, and when they did “take action”, it wasn’t much, and they went to someone who was just as skeevy.
      This is indefensible. Please stop trying to find ways to defend him.

    • RD says:

      these girls were between 9 and 13. they were also raised very sheltered and could not defend themselves against their big brother. this will damage them for the rest of theie lives you still think its a minor offense

    • Cy says:

      I literally got sick with you describing someone who abused babies (yes it seems the only one he didn’t abuse was his oldest sister, which means he abused a 5 year old baby) as someone curious. People that think this is okay need to be investigated.

    • Alice says:

      “Older than they seem?” One of the victims was literally so young that when he stuck his hand down her panties she was literaly sitting on his lap while he read her a friggin story! Victim blaming at any age is disgusting- but you demonstrate why this show should be off the air. I’m sure the victims were made to feel responsible for their own molestation- “If you didn’t tempt your brother, he wouldn’t have been forced to do these things that might ruin HIS life!”

  30. Robert says:

    I am sorry we are talking about a 14 year old boy groping a similarly aged girl. We aren’t talking about an adult here. From the reports I have read. The family caught him. The police got involved. The police / courts decided the best thing to do was to have all involved get some counselling and before people start saying he got off light because of the show remember this happen 13 years ago around 3 to 4 years before they were ever on TV?

    Hell if we pulled every show off the area will one of the actors on the show was sexually active at a young age likely all that would be left on the air would be reruns of I love Lucy.

    Thanks
    Robert

    • betsy says:

      the family caught him groping his sister, covered it up for a year, and at no point did he actually receive counseling. he went off to do home remodeling for a few months. i’m sure that changed EVERYTHING, right?

    • He was 15 and did not grope a “a similarly aged girl.” He molested his younger sisters! His father knew about Josh’s actions in 2002, but didn’t report it until 2006, and he reported it to a cop friend who is also a pedophile currently serving a 60 year prison sentence for molestation. The courts decided nothing b/c the statute of limitations ran out to prosecute him. The “counseling” he received was a build house for a few months a few towns away.

    • Tamari says:

      He molested a 4 year old!! 4!! I hope you never have a daughter.

    • Amelia says:

      I’m sorry, I’m a little confused. Are you saying incest is okay? That groping a similarly aged girl is fine? It’s not. He touched them when they were sleeping! Men don’t have the right to touch whatever they want! (women either). Also, the youngest victim was 4. That is not a similar age. You must’ve been reading a different report because the report I read did not decide the best thing to do was get counseling. In fact, he didn’t receive any counseling, which Michelle admitted. The police could not do anything because the statute of limitations had passed. The family did not go to the police. A year after the incident the family brought Josh to a family friend state trooper. A person who gave Josh a “stern talking to” and who by the way, is now serving a 53 year prison sentence for child pornography. The police got involved when they were noticed by Harpo studios who was given an anonymous tip. You had the family caught him part right but everything else must’ve come from a different police report than the one I read.

      Let’s be clear. There is nothing wrong with being sexually active at a young age. But there is something wrong with molesting your sisters without their consent. If you can’t see the difference then I feel very, very, sorry for you.

    • Sharon Howard says:

      Well I guess Maths wasnt your strong point at school Robert because at my school 15 is 10 YEARS OLDER than 5 which is the age of one of the 5 victims we know of so far. Reading not your strong point either because I havent any reports such as you’ve mentioned. It never went to court and the police involved ONLY AFTER TIP PFF FROM OPRAH SHOW 4 years later. There was no counselling and
      finally if you call forcing yourself on much younger blood siblings while they sleep being “sexually active” then may I recommend a good psychiatrist?

  31. Donna Pagano says:

    I feel he can be pulled from the show, the other family members are not guilty. For the record I am not of the same religion, but enjoy the show, especially the weddings. Michelle gives us the hope to be patent no matter how many kids we have. Josh made a mistake going into politics, some things are best in the closet. Hmmmm

    • “the other family members are not guilty.”

      His parents knew about it in 2002, but waited until 2006 to report it. They reported it to a cop friend who was also a pedophile. They are all surely guilty.

  32. christine says:

    Good.

  33. Connie says:

    KEEP 19 KIDS AND COUNTING ON TLC

  34. brigitte says:

    I love how he is quoted as saying “I realized if I continued down this path it would ruin MY life.” No concern about all the other lives he would destroy. That’s not contrition, that’s getting caught.

  35. Tammy says:

    According to Gawker.com, Oprah knew about the allegations back in 2006. There was a lot of talk about this on many message boards/blogs. So how is it that TLC didn’t know until this week? hmmmmmmmmm

    • Harpo productions reported it in 2006, but the police and CPS didn’t follow up. 9 years later the report is public so suddenly TLC is scrambling and Josh is having a press conference to apologize for his “teen indiscretions.”

  36. Linsey Love says:

    Please keep the 19 Kids and Counting on the air. I love the show. what does it matter it happened long ago its not happening now please don’t pull it just because readers what readers? who are they I watch this show I don’t care I want to see the show please don’t pull it. everyone on earth has one thing or another that they have done in their life I know I’m not proud of everything. so please don’t pull the show there the first stone if you haven’t sent or if you haven’t done anything wrong some of you out there need to think before throwing stones, a lot of people live in glass houses you know what I mean. Keep them on the air 19 Kids and Counting it’s a great show.!!

    • Sammi says:

      Let’s see, I’ve stole a pack of cigs, a comicbook or two, I was 12 or 13, and I knew better! Those were pre-teen dares..sexual molestation, where someone is physically and mentally scarred for life? Be for real!! No ma’am.. in actual terms, he raped his sisters….so you forgive him, and please don’t underestimate or play with God’s forgiveness…The Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah comes to mind..ummmm..

    • Ricky Lee Jones says:

      Molesting a 4-year old girl is not a mistake, it’s a crime.

      • Angela says:

        It’s really scary that people seem to think this is just some silly teenage hijinks sort of deal.
        People. There is absolutely NO logical defense or excuse for this. None. Get that through your heads.

    • Maria says:

      “What does it matter?” Are you KIDDING me??!!??!! You seriously just asked that question . Think of a young girl who’s important to you…maybe a niece, cousin, or family friend. What if she were the victim? All of a sudden it would “matter” wouldn’t it?

  37. Chaya says:

    What’s worse, it sounds like the parents are defending him and not mentioning the lasting effect on their daughters.

  38. Amy J says:

    If my son had molested my daughters, I don’t know how I’d have handled it. But I sure as heck wouldn’t put my family on television after promoting us as the Christian model that people should aspire to.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Everybody is saying he should be sentenced or tried now and punished.. but he didn’t do it now? Why does he deserve an adult punishment for something he did as a minor 12 years ago.

    • He deserves an adult punishment b/c he committed an adult crime. His victims were minors when he molested them, do you think they should forget it b/c it happened 12 years ago? He was 15, and if the statute of limitations didn’t run out, he would have been charged as an adult. Many are defending Josh, commenting that “oh it was youthful folly.” It was a crime. Would you feel the same if your child was victimized by her teen sibling, or would you chalk it up to “child’s play?”

  40. Karen. Williams says:

    I think TLC should officially cancel the show. It makes me sick to think how this issue had been hidden from the public for so long.

    • Agreed. Jim Bob knew about it in 2002, he didn’t report his son molesting his daughters until 2006, long after the statute of limitations ran out to prosecute his son. Josh is only apologizing now b/c the reports were made public. Makes you wonder what else daddy Duggar is hiding.

  41. Barbara Steele says:

    Cancel the show

  42. TLC pulls it off the air. . . until public opinion dies down, then it’s business as usual. Profits trump people. TLC is tight-lipped about cancelling their top rated show.

  43. GraceM says:

    I really hope that this show is *not* canceled.

  44. Shelley mccartney says:

    Yes, this is awful; but he confessed and has moved on. Why take this show off the air when there are far more worse shows on TLC.

    • Do you think his victims have “moved on” so easily? It wasn’t like he confessed to stealing a pack of gum or joy riding daddy’s car as a teen, he MOLESTED his little sisters. Maybe the pedophile can “move on,” but at best I’m sure his sisters were silenced.

  45. Cancel it put him in jail.hes a child molester he should be put on the sex offenders list

  46. Ann says:

    The children were molested by more than one person when the “parents” chose not to report it to the police for more than a year. Shame on them!

  47. sherry says:

    I feel that he should be arrested and charged for these horrible acts he did against those girls i just hope that they can live normal lifes because something like that could scar them emotionally and mentally for the rest of their lives. I do not understand why his parents did not come foreward when they first found out it was very selfish of them and they should not be using god as an excuse if they truly were that religious and had that much faith in god they would have done the right thing when they first found out. Their son could have gotten help and maybe he would not have sexually assaulted any other girls i pray he did not do the same things to any of his sisters the parents should also be charged and i hope the members of the church that knew about what he was doing think long and hard about how they could have prevented these girls from being abused. they should cancel the show completely! my thoughts and prayers go out to those girls

  48. Anna says:

    Wait how is he a child molester and/or pedofile if he did this all when he was underage?

    • Isobel says:

      He still abused children, his age doesn’t matter, he would have been charged as an adult if it had gone before the courts, he was five years beyond the age of criminal understanding

  49. Dian Mayo says:

    Yes, he has been forgiven and I’m glad for him for it. That is between him and God.

    However, I believe the show should be completely canceled because, to me, if it isn’t it would send the message to children, young people, and adults that it is okay to do whatever you want to do, hurt whomever you want, possibly ruin someone’s life, hide it, not pay for it, and still go on with your life as though nothing happened. It would also, in my opinion, show that no matter what your child does, even if it is illegal and/or ruins another person’s life, it is okay to hide the fact, give him/her a “good talking to,” send them to do a little work for a few months, then continue as though he/she is a good kid, and everything is just fine.

    I don’t know if it was done or not, but not only should he and the girls he molested been taken for professional help, all the children should have been taken too. If they didn’t, it should be done now.

    From their actions, or lack thereof, the parents should have gone for professional help. Actually, sounds like they still need to go.

    Trust me, I know, the girls will never forget or get over what was done to them!

  50. John says:

    Yeah, man. How sad for the network that the creep admitted any wrongdoing. Had he kept his trap shut, TLC would still be making $$. (End Sarcasm)