Will the Duggar family ever be the same? It’s all anyone can talk about these days, it seems. On Wednesday, the famous brood will get even more publicity when Jim Bob and Michelle sit down with Megyn Kelly at their home in Arkansas and talk about the events of 12 years ago, when their eldest son Josh molested several underage girls.
According to reports, the heads of the family will speak one-on-one with Kelly, without Josh or any of their other children present. A blog post from Michelle gives details on the interview, which will be broken up.
“Next week we will sit down with Megyn Kelly on Fox News to share our hearts with you about the pain that we walked through as a family twelve years ago, the tears we all shed and the forgiveness that was given. We appreciate the outpouring of love and prayers for our family at this time…A portion of the interview will air on The Kelly File Wednesday, June 3rd at 9 PM/ET. The full one-hour special will air on Friday, June 5th at 9 PM/ET,” Michelle wrote.
Josh issued a statement when the news broke, saying in part, “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.”
He has since resigned from his position at the Family Research Council, and he and his wife, Anna, have reportedly fled Washington D.C. with their children to return home to Arkansas.
Anna has been openly supportive of Josh since the scandal broke, telling People Magazine that he was up front about his past before they married.
“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,” Anna said.
Anna Duggar recently posted a quote on Instagram that spoke about forgiveness, leading some fans to believe she was reaching out to them to look past Josh’s mistakes. However, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have faced quite a bit of backlash during the scandal — including some questions on why they handled the abuse the way they did — and it’s unclear whether fans will forgive and forget, or simply move on.
TLC has already suspended episodes of 19 Kids And Counting from their lineup but have not released a statement on whether the show is canceled. There have been, however, rumors of a spinoff series that would feature Jill and Jessa Duggar, who were both recently married. The episodes featuring their weddings pulled in millions of viewers.
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