Josh Duggar might be returning to television as TLC gears up for a new reality series about the Duggar family — this time, the series is rumored to follow Jana Duggar. At the age of 26, Jana is a bit behind her younger siblings in the marriage and babies department, and the series is said to focus on the singleton’s dating (ahem, courtship) and love life.
The Duggar family, including Jana and Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna, were spotted at a Springdale, Arkansas, lumber yard, purchasing wood to make a tree house, according to the business’s owner. A TLC crew was there, reports the Facebook group, “Duggar Family News: Life is not all pickles and hairspray,” sounding off sirens in the group that opposes any member of the Duggar family being on air.
— ExtraTV (@extratv) January 25, 2016
Several Facebook groups have popped up since a leaked police report revealed that Josh Duggar molested several young girls when he was 14-years-old, some of whom were his own sisters. Speaking with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, the girls revealed that they were asleep at the time and did not know what Josh was doing, but the damage was done, nonetheless.
The Facebook groups believe the Duggars, including Josh, should not be on television since the Duggar family “minimized childhood sexual abuse showing victims they do not matter,” according to the site. However, it seems TLC disagrees.
During a press conference in Pasadena, TLC said they were comfortable with their decisions regarding the Josh Duggar scandals, choosing to remove 19 Kids And Counting from their line-up after several sponsors refused to allow their commercials to air during the show. One company that removed themselves from any affiliation with Josh Duggar was Crayola, which actively made a statement against the famous family.
— In Touch Weekly (@intouchweekly) January 25, 2016
TLC applauded their own reaction to the Josh Duggar scandals, telling the media that “[e]very decision we’ve made has been done very thoughtfully and very carefully about what is in the best interests of the people involved and the network.” TLC also confirmed that the network’s “first priority is making sure that there’s a health and well-being of our families first and foremost.”
The Duggar family, without a doubt, is filming a new television series, which is being heralded as a 19 Kids And Counting reboot, after the unmitigated success of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, a mini-series that followed Jill and Jessa Duggar in the aftermath of the Josh Duggar scandals. Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna, was also on the series, tearfully explaining how she has coped with life since learning Josh cheated on her.
Jana Duggar Focus Of ’19 Kids And Counting’ Reboot: Duggars Will Be Back On Air In New TLC Show! [Video] https://t.co/RVsjktPN19
— Marie Nadine Pierre (@luvempress) January 30, 2016
Although TLC has not confirmed there will be a 19 Kids And Counting reboot, nor whether Josh Duggar will be on the series, Jana and her sisters are being followed by a camera crew. Speaking to the Hollywood Gossip, the lumber yard owner said that Josh Duggar’s younger brother, John-David, “sent over a list of things they needed to build a tree house.”
Although Anna Duggar was not the one in charge — that was Jana, according to the business owner — the fact that Anna was on camera at all has viewers worried that soon Josh Duggar will be back on air. The reality star has not made a public appearance since he went into faith-based rehab to receive treatment for a pornography and sex addiction. Josh admitted last summer that he cheated on his wife using two accounts with the infidelity site, Ashley Madison.
According to the Gospel Herald, the new show will premiere some time in 2016. Last August, a source close to the Duggar family revealed to People that Josh Duggar and his family were “heartbroken” after their series was cancelled, and “wanted to return to TV because they truly believe it was part of God’s plan for them to spread the word about their faith.”
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