Former Counting On star Jill Dillard is breaking her silence on the manipulation that went into TLC filming, particularly when it came to births. The 32-year-old bravely told her story in the new docuseries, Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, revealing what went on behind the scenes of her family’s TLC shows. So, what has she spilled about the births filmed for TLC? Keep reading for all of the details.
Jill Dillard previously discussed the lack of compensation from TLC.
In the past, the Duggar daughter has talked about not being paid for her time on TLC. For years, she was a part of her family’s various TLC specials and shows, including 19 Kids & Counting and Counting On. She even sought legal help to recover some of the money she should have made.
Now, in the new Duggar docuseries, Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, she’s going even more in-depth about this battle.
The former Counting On star discusses the manipulation when filming births.
In the new docuseries, Jill Dillard and her husband, Derick, made an appearance and shared their experience. It’s safe to say that special life events, including births and weddings, captured TLC viewers’ attention. So, it makes sense why the network would want to be sure to film that kind of content.
So, in 2015, when Jill was preparing to give birth to her first child, Israel, TLC was planning to catch it all on camera. In the docuseries, Jill admitted, “I didn’t want any of that.” Though she didn’t want the birth to be filmed, she agreed due to requests from her dad, Jim Bob, and TLC.
Derick explained, “We basically lost, and they’re gonna get what they want.”
Despite Jill Dillard finally allowing TLC to film her son’s birth, the network failed to pay her. This was the case even after the episode aired. Ultimately, Jill asked TLC to “pay us enough just to cover what our out-of-pocket costs were.” In response, the network claimed they would be paying the Duggar family.
Derick offered an explanation based on what he knows about the Duggar family and TLC. He said, “‘Pay the family’ means we don’t get anything at that point.”
So, not only was Jill Dillard manipulated into filming her son’s birth, but she was also not paid for it. The network didn’t even cover the costs of the birth, according to the Dillards.
So, what do you think of these details Jill Dillard has now disclosed? Does any of it surprise you? Sound off in the comments section below, and come back to TV Shows Ace for more news about the Duggar family. Below, you can check out the trailer for Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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