Josh Duggar: TLC Pulls '19 Kids And Counting' From Schedule

Leigh Egan

With the recent scandal involving Josh Duggar and his admission to sexually molesting numerous girls, TLC has officially pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule. It's not yet known, however, if the show will return at a later date.

Although 19 Kids and Counting is a hit reality show that provided exceptional ratings for the television station TLC, Josh Duggar's recent admissions of sexually molesting at least five girls during his teen years sparked so much outrage from the public that the station decided to pull all episodes of the popular show, effective immediately.

"Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time."

The show was released regardless in 2008, and steadily climbed the ratings charts. After nearly a decade, the records of the investigation against Duggar were expunged. Scott Lewis, spokesperson for the Springdale Police, indicates that the records were destroyed only a day before Duggar admitted to sexually molesting several girls.

"The judge ordered us yesterday to expunge that record. As far as the Springdale Police Department is concerned this report doesn't exist."
"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."

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