The show 19 Kids and Counting was canceled by TLC, and there are few people who should be happier about it than Mama June Shannon, the matriarch behind another canceled TLC show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
TLC’s 19 Kids was canceled nearly two months after reports surfaced that Josh Duggar, the eldest of the 19 kids, committed acts of child molestation when he was a teenager. Some of his sisters were among the victims.
Ever since the Josh Duggar molestation scandal became public, Mama June has been calling for 19 Kids and Counting to be canceled and she finally got her wish. But now she’s saying that that’s not enough, TMZ reports.
June is angry that TLC hasn’t cut all ties with the Duggars. The network is still working on a docu-special on child sexual abuse that will feature the Duggar family. Jill and Jessa Duggar are going to be interviewed for the hour-long documentary, which TLC is producing in conjunction with two victim’s rights groups, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and Darkness to Light, Time Magazine reports.
“Together, we believe we can help families that have been affected by this terrible crime and make sure that parents and others have the knowledge and tools they need to help keep kids safe,” RAINN said in a statement on Thursday.
But Mama June thinks differently.
“I feel it will be another situation for them to get paid for doing something bad,” Mama June said of the TLC docu-special featuring the Duggar family. “Like, that kinda behavior is not okay.”
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was canceled after reports surfaced that Mama June was dating a man who was imprisoned for eight years for child sexual abuse. His victim was June’s eldest daughter.
TLC canceled the show just one day after June’s relationship with the registered sex offender became public, although the Honey Boo Boo matriarch maintains that the two never dated after he was released from prison.
TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting followed the Duggar family, who identify as Independent Baptists and advocate procreation and preach against birth control. These beliefs led to the creation of a huge family of nine girls and 10 boys. All of the Duggar kids are home-schooled and the parents restrict their children’s access to movies and television. They also advocate chaperoned courtship, which means that couples “date” in a group setting. According to the show’s Wikipedia page, the values espoused by the Duggars have been linked to with the Quiverfull movement, an ultra-religious Christian sect that promotes rigid male-dominated hierarchies, large families, and submissive roles for women. The Duggars have, however, never identified themselves as Quiverfull followers.
At the height of its popularity, 19 Kids and Counting was TLC’s most watched show averaging averaging 2.3 million viewers per new episode in season 10, and scoring in the Nielsen’s Cable Top 25, in 2015, according to Zap2it’s TV By the Numbers.
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