It’s all over for ’19 Kids and Counting’
American TV network TLC has pulled the plug on its long-running Christian reality show, ’19 Kids and Counting’, over revelations that stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar covered up their son’s molestation of his sisters and other girls.
The network, according to this report, has canceled all airings of the programme from its schedule after Josh Duggar – the eldest son of the 21-member evangelical Christian family – admitted this week to “inexcusable” actions 12 years ago, when he was a teenager.
Police in Arkansas, where the family lives, said Duggar had fondled the breasts and vaginas of multiple young girls, sometimes as they slept, around 2002.
His father, a former Republican state lawmaker and failed US Senate candidate, posted on Facebook this week, after the claims surfaced, that his son had “made some very bad mistakes” – but the experience had drawn the family “closer to God.”
Jim Bob Duggar said he disciplined his son and took him a year later with church elders to meet with a state trooper and family friend, Jim Hutchens, who gave the teen a “very stern talk” but did not take any official action.
Hutchens is currently serving a 56-year sentence for child pornography.
An investigation found multiple victims, including some who lived in the Duggar home, claimed Josh Duggar had molested them.
However, the three-year statute of limitations had run out and he was never prosecuted.
The 27-year-old Duggar resigned on Thursday from his position with the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, which was co-founded by psychiatrist George Alan Rekers, above, a Baptist who specialised in “curing” homosexuals and “sissy boys”. Rekers resigned from the council after he became sexually involved with a male prostitute in 2010.
“19 Kids and Counting” began in September 2008, and family members have used their fame to speak out against LGBT and abortion rights.
Hat tip: Trevor Blake & Ivan Bailey