’19 Kids And Counting’ Stars Anna And Josh Flee DC After Cryptic ‘Forgive’: Can Show Survive After Molestation Scandal?

Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar are leaving their home in Washington, D.C., in the wake of the 19 Kids And Counting child molestation scandal. The 19 Kids and Counting stars also posted cryptic messages on social media prior to the publicity over Josh’s alleged molestation of five underage girls when he was a teenager.

But now, as they head home to Arkansas after Josh’s resignation from his job, Anna’s main emotion is heartbreak, according to Fashion & Style. And that’s despite the seemingly cryptic, yet poignant, message that she shared on social media about forgiveness.


“The three most beautiful and liberating words in the English language are these: ‘I forgive you.’ – Lon Solomon.”

But when Anna posted those words, she may not have anticipated what was to happen. As TLC pulled the show, advertisers fled.

Now Anna and Josh are forced to flee for Arkansas. That’s where most of the Duggars reside, including Josh’s parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar. As for Anna, leaving that gorgeous D.C. dwelling and moving back into a small fixer-upper foreclosure cottage, just as she’s ready to have her fourth child, is a symbol of her husband’s downfall.

But Anna wasn’t alone in sharing cryptic quotes about the situation.

“Do right and risk the consequences,” posted Josh, reflecting the statement of soldier and Texas governor Sam Houston.


As the Inquisitr reported, Anna knew about Josh’s molestation charges two years before the oldest Duggar son proposed to her.

“I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn’t know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was – even very difficult past mistakes,” she said.

For the Duggars, however, including Anna and Josh, the future remains unknown.

Although TLC pulled the plug on the scheduled shows, as did Hulu, 19 Kids has not yet been cancelled, reported CNN.

But deciding whether to never feature the Duggars again is a decision that can wait as the TLC producers mull the possibilities. A possible spin-off without Josh Duggar, for example, might succeed despite the social media pressure to take the show off the air completely.

Others, however, have suggested showing true reality by showing Josh’s future, with assessments. But because some of the girls are his sisters and all were underage, their privacy and anonymity would be challenging to protect.

However, Anna Duggar is not alone in calling for forgiveness, with some evangelicals agreeing, reported the Washington Post.

But not all agree, said sTimothy Muehlhoff, a communications professor at the evangelical Biola University, where he directs their Center for Marriage & Relationships.

“I think the big issue about them is whether they’re seen as any type of role model. In broad strokes, some would say: ‘Hey, I love what they’re doing, trusting God, putting priority on family, saying faith is important.’ Another group would say: ‘In no way shape or form do they represent me and my friends because who does this?”

What do you think about 19 Kids and Counting and the Josh Duggar scandal? Should TLC broadcast the show again? Post your comments below.

[Image Via Duggar Family/Facebook]

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