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Derick Dillard DRAGS TLC: Public ‘Deceived’ By ‘Counting On’ Series?

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Were viewers ‘deceived’ by TLC when they rebranded 19 Kids & Counting as Counting On? Derick Dillard DRAGS TLC on his social media. 

After TLC canceled 19 Kids & Counting in 2015, the Duggars were only off the air for six months. The show underwent a retooling to focus solely on young women of the family: Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy-Anna Forsyth. The Duggar parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, made appearances, as well. 

Counting On Promo/Instagram
Counting On Promo/Instagram

But did TLC mislead the public about the spin-off?

Why 19 Kids & Counting Was Canceled

In 2015, In Touch magazine released a bombshell report that Josh Duggar had confessed a dirty secret to the police. He had allegedly molested several young girls when he was a teenager. The magazine article prompted Josh Duggar to publicly admit to the disgusting act. 

His sisters – Jessa and Jill – came forward as two of his victims during a Fox News interview with Megyn Kelly. People reported at the time that the girls were “more upset” about the violation of their privacy by the In Touch article than anything else. 

Amid public outcry, TLC canceled 19 Kids & Counting, which Josh Duggar was part of. However, a few months later, a new spin-off, Counting On brought the Duggar family back into the TLC fold. 

Now Josh Duggar is back in the news after his arrest in April. 

Federal Agents Recently Arrested Josh Duggar

On Thursday, April 29th, news broke that Josh Duggar had been arrested by federal agents. He went before the judge the next day to start the legal process. His attorney declined to have the charges read in court. However, within minutes of the court appearance ending, the US Attorney’s Office revealed the indictment. 

Josh Duggar is facing charges for “receiving and possessing” images of s*x abuse involving children under the age of 12. He pleaded not guilty and, though his attorney, vows to fight the charges. 

His next court appearance is a bond hearing on May 5th. The trial will start in July. 

Derick Dillard Implies TLC ‘Deceived’ Viewers With Duggar Spin-Off

Josh Duggar’s arrest has brought up a lot of issues within the family. Jill (Duggar) Dillard and her husband, Derick Dillard, released a statement calling the situation “sad.”

However, Derick Dillard has been outspoken on Twitter about TLC and the Duggar reality shows. As we reported earlier, he hit the ‘like’ button on multiple posts about canceling Counting On. While he has yet to explicitly say the show should be canceled, he is letting fans know about TLC’s shady behavior. 

After a fan of the show said that canceling it would be punishing the whole family, Derick pushed back. In the long thread, he dropped some truths about TLC that fans may not have considered. 

He strongly disagreed with the fan’s assertion that TLC had “handled [it] well” when they canceled 19 Kids & Counting. In a shocking allegation, Derick wrote that the network had “deceived” fans by creating Counting On.

Credit: Derick Dillard/Twitter
Credit: Derick Dillard/Twitter

In other comments, he implied that the network simply “rebranded” 19 Kids & Counting under a new name – Counting On. The network didn’t change much else, he alleges. In fact, he reminds the fan arguing with him that Counting On is still Jim Bob Duggar’s show. 

Credit: Derick Dillard/Twitter
Credit: Derick Dillard/Twitter

Will TLC Cancel Counting On

Aside from a brief statement about Josh Duggar’s “continued troubles,” TLC has yet to respond to the growing scandal. A petition to remove the Duggars from the TLC roster jumped from 300 signatures to almost 2000 in just a few days. 

The network just aired a special Duggar episode last month, which fans took as a tease that a new season of Counting On was coming. 

Do you agree with the fan that TLC shouldn’t punish the other Duggar kids for Josh Duggar’s behavior? Or do you see Derick Dillard’s point that TLC ‘deceived’ viewers?

Share your thoughts in the comments below. Follow us on Twitter for more news on this developing story. 

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