Josh Duggar and his multiple scandals have not stopped the power that the Duggar family holds over the public’s attention. And now, with two of his sisters, Jessa and Jill Duggar, showing that they still can draw attention just through everyday activities that end up highly publicized, TLC has gifted them with spinoff specials from the famous, albeit cancelled, 19 Kids and Counting series, reported Fox News.
Add in their husbands, Ben Seewald and Derick Dillard, with the potential of visits from family such as mom and dad Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, and there’s plenty of material from which to draw without Josh. But that’s the elephant in the room: Will Josh be included after he completes his stay in rehab following the scandals beginning with molestation and, thus far, including Ashley Madison infidelity and porn addiction confessions?
Not according to a production insider. That source revealed TLC does not plan to include any Josh sightings on any of their shows in the future.
Now 27, Josh has been the subject of shock by even Duggar insiders for revelations that included molesting four sisters when they were young. Those sisters included both Jessa and Jill. In addition, Josh confessed to being addicted to pornography and being unfaithful to his wife, Anna.
Look for the currently anticipated two to three specials on 22-year-old Jessa Seewald and 24-year-old Jill Dillard to start airing by the end of 1915. The spin-offs will show Jill with her husband Derick planning their missionary work in El Salvador, along with their son.
Jessa and her husband Ben looking forward to the arrival of their first baby in early November.
“What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child,” explained TLC Executive Vice President and General Manager Nancy Daniels. “Jill [will be] preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family.”
Daniels added that TLC is confident that the audience will want to watch Josh’s sisters and that the network first met with Jessa and Jill to ensure that they were enthusiastic about the proposed specials.
“We know that our audience is really excited about what’s been going on with Jill and Jessa as they move into young adulthood,” said Daniels. “With what was happening in their lives in the next few months, it felt like now is the time.”
The TLC executive also referred to the challenges that the family has faced recently without mentioning Josh’s name and admitted that the network has stayed in touch.
Since 2008, 19 Kids and Counting showed the story of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s children as they grew up. As many of those kids became adults with offspring of their own, TLC pulled in viewer numbers that made it the most-watched series on the network. But those 3.2 million viewers vanished faster than Josh’s reputation when TLC abruptly yanked the series from the air and then cancelled it.
Where are Josh and his wife Anna amid all the excitement over the sisters’ TV specials? As the Inquisitr reported, Duggar currently is in sex addiction rehab to be treated for six months. In the interim, Anna has fled the Duggarville encampment in Arkansas to hide in her parents’ home in Florida.
While she’s in Florida, Anna’s siblings hope to persuade her to leave Josh, reported Extra.
In particular, Anna’s brother Daniel Keller plans an intervention to tell his sisters how he, his sisters, and brothers feel about Josh and their concern about the marriage. The intervention plan follows Keller’s post on Facebook calling Josh a pig and revealing that he had offered to take her and her children to stay with him.
Amy Duggar revealed that Anna is doing well, reported Fashion & Style.
Following her honeymoon, Amy shared that although Anna remains shocked by the discovery that Josh was unfaithful and addicted to porn, she’s staying strong and doing well.
“There is a reason God gives you family,” added Amy. “It’s for moments like this. We encourage her as much as we can.”
Anna’s first public appearance since the scandals was at Amy’s wedding to Dillon King earlier this month.