Now that the long running Duggar family reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, has been officially canceled by TLC following the news of a scandal from Josh Duggar's youth, what will happen to the wildly popular family?
It seems the media has finally run out of steam from spewing hatefulness at the Duggar family, and returned to reporting on more interesting Duggar topics, such as the imminent birth of Josh and Anna's fourth child, as well as the mission trip the Duggar-Dillard family has just embarked upon.
One question seems to hang in the air in the aftermath of TLC's cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting. Could this really be the end? The lives of the numerous Duggar family members are moving joyfully along, and we have no idea what is happening! Has Anna had her baby? How is Jessa's pregnancy progressing? How many baby Israel antics are we missing?
Seriously, if TLC thinks we can live in a world where there is no continual flow of Duggar family information, they are sadly mistaken.
Who will save the Duggar family show from extinction? These days when wonderful shows are shut down, sometimes they are rescued by other networks. Often, Netflix or Hulu will pick up canceled shows. Who will step forward to provide a reprieve for the millions of Duggar fans out there?
Michelle Duggar, mom to 19 kids and grandma to four (with two on the way) released a statement regarding the end of 19 Kids and Counting on her Duggar family blog. The following is an excerpt from Michelle's post.
"Today, TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting.It is a sad day for TLC viewers and Duggar family fans. Will we really no longer get to see the serene and smiling faces of the Duggar girls and hear the good-natured ribbing of the Duggar boys? We won't see the birth of Anna's new baby, or Jessa's very first child? We won't see Israel learn to crawl or take his first steps?
"Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God.
"We are so thankful for our film crew that has shown up at our house for over a decade. They have become like family to us. They have invested their time and energy into our lives and have been so loving and patient. We love and appreciate them so much!
"Over the last several years people have said to us, 'We love your show!' We have always responded, 'It's not a show, it's our lives!' Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life's problems.
"With God's grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become.
"It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.
"We appreciate the love, support, prayers and kindness extended to us by many of you. You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time.
"God's faithfulness and goodness to us, along with His abundant grace have given us strength and joy even in the most difficult days.
"We have committed to Him that in all things—difficulties or success, good times or bad—we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family."
Again, who will save the Duggar family show and bring their uplifting message back for their many, many fans?
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