In July of 2015, TLC announced it had officially cancelled "19 Kids and Counting" in response to the release of reports detailing how Josh Duggar, the eldest Duggar child, inappropriately touched several young girls when he was a teenager. Following the release, Josh's parents and two of his sisters, who identified themselves as two of his victims, participated in a Fox News interview. The family received public scrutiny for the way they spoke of the situation in the interview.Continue Reading
Many people felt the Duggar family had trivialized the severity of sexual assault in their Fox News interview. During the interview, Jessa Duggar, one of the victims, said that her brother was not a child molester or pedophile and that people who were calling him such were overreacting. Several people accused the highly religious family of being hypocrites for telling others how to live their lives when they themselves had this dark secret in their family.
Following the show's cancellation, Josh Duggar was the subject of another high-profile scandal when Internet hackers released evidence that he had several accounts on Ashley Madison, a dating website for married individuals looking to cheat on their spouses. In response to the rumors, he released an official statement admitting he had cheated on his wife.Learn more about Art & Literature