The Duggar family is being dogged by rumors that TLC is going to cancel their new reality series, Counting On. However, it turns out that the network is far from being done with the Duggars. In fact, TLC is reportedly filming a new show starring a member of the family who has been MIA since 19 Kids and Counting was canceled last year.
According to the Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray Facebook page, Amy Duggar, a.k.a. “Cousin Amy,” is currently filming a new TLC series or special. The daughter of Jim Bob Duggar’s sister, Deanna, just turned 30-years-old, and a camera crew was photographed filming preparations for her big birthday bash. Amy and her friends were filmed getting pedicures at a nail salon.
On September 17, Amy Duggar and her husband, Dillon King, teased that they were working on a secret project.
“Amy and I are sorry we haven’t posted in a while, we have been very busy the last few months. We have a surprise for everyone, we have been working on some stuff and the outcome I think will be amazing,” King wrote on their Facebook page.
According to Pickles and Hairspray, a source has confirmed that Amy and Dillon’s big surprise is that they’re filming with TLC.
“She and Dillon have been filming and the show will air in November. I’m hoping it’s just one of TLC’s one episode specials and that’s it!” Pickles and Hairspray writes.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, fans of the Duggar family know Amy as the “rebel” cousin of Jim Bob and Michelle’s 19 kids because she doesn’t follow the Duggar family’s strict rules about modesty and abstinence — she wears pants and bikinis, and she’s confessed to having sex before marriage. Amy became a recurring guest star on 19 Kids and Counting after a TLC producer asked her if she would be interested in chaperoning one of Josh and Anna Duggar’s dates. She responded by saying that Jim Bob would never allow such a thing.
Amy also starred in a TLC special that followed her as she pursued her dream of becoming a country singer in Nashville. This didn’t happen, and it’s unclear whether Amy is currently employed. She has revealed that she gets paid to promote products on Instagram, and her husband runs a water transfer-printing business called Wet Ink Designs.
Amy Duggar and Dillon King haven’t appeared on Counting On at all, and last year King hinted that their relationship with TLC had soured after the network decided not to film their Labor Day weekend wedding for a TV special. As Radar Online reports, King asked his Instagram followers to contact TLC with their complaints after the network axed its plans to televise the event.
“TLC [called] us yesterday stating they have decided that they will NOT be filming our wedding and they are ‘glad they got to work with us,'” King wrote in a July 2015 Instagram post. “So, Amy and myself apologize that we will not be able to share our special day with you all on the TLC network.”
Amy and Dillon shared this news a few days after TLC announced that it was canceling 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of the Duggar family’s dark past coming to light. The fallout from Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation scandal continues to make headlines over a year later, with In Touch Weekly reporting just last month that companies were continuing to pull their ads from the Duggar family’s new TLC series.
While Amy has steered clear of her family’s controversial show, she hasn’t avoided the spotlight completely. There’s some evidence that she and Dillon King may appear on a reality show like VH1’s Couples Therapy, and Amy Duggar has given a few interviews since 19 Kids and Counting’s cancellation. During a February interview with People, she said that she “never really felt up to the Duggar standard” even though she was a “church leader” who went to a Christian school all her life. Amy Duggar definitely isn’t a fan of her aunt and uncle’s rule about abstaining from sex before marriage.
“I think that if I was a virgin on my wedding night and had never been kissed, I would end up rocking in the corner! That is so much emotion all at once,” Amy said.
The Hollywood Gossip recently claimed that TLC may cancel Counting On because of the Duggar family’s alleged insistence that Josh Duggar should be allowed to appear on the show. However, the network just proved that it actually wants more Duggars on TV with its latest move.
[Featured Image by Dillon & Amy King/Facebook]