On Thursday, 27-year-old Duggar responded to allegations that he molested five underage girls (including his sisters) when he was a teen. Josh; his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle; and Josh's wife, Anna all posted messages on Facebook. Here's Josh's statement:
Josh resigned from Family Research Council yesterday, but fans were disgusted to see TLC still airing a marathon of "19 Kids" after the news came out. Another marathon was scheduled for today, but TLC pulled "19 Kids" from its lineup. No word on what this means for the long-term future of the show, but rep a for General Mills told TMZ they have blacklisted "19 Kids" and removed it from their company's current advertising schedule.
Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. 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. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption."
We were never fans of this show to begin with, so it's not like we'd miss it, but it's supposedly about a wholesome religious family who inspire others with their godly ways, and they kept this dirty secret for years. Are you glad to hear the show is gone for now and possibly for good?
UPDATE: Here's a new statement from the network: "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."
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