Jessa Duggar has grown up in the public spotlight as one of the members of the reality TV family 19 Kids And Counting. But when the happy vibes of the family changed to scandal after news broke that her brother Josh Duggar had molested young girls when he was a teen, including several of his sisters, Jessa initially stepped forward to defend Josh, even though she herself was among his victims.
Then came the news that Josh was linked to Ashley Madison, the Web site for extramarital affairs, after which the eldest Duggar son admitted to infidelity and porn addiction. Jessa gradually began to turn on her back on Josh, and now she’s given hints that she and husband Ben Seewald may be leaving Duggarville, reported In Touch Weekly.
Jessa’s and Ben’s first baby is due on November 1, and she revealed that Ben is considering a seminary that could require them to move. The plan to get away from the family’s home state follows the cancellation of 19 Kids And Counting amid the multiple scandals resulting from Josh’s confessions.
However, Jessa will be starring with her sister Jill in several specials on TLC. The shows will feature Jessa’s pregnancy and Jill’s mission trip with her husband, Derick Dillard.
But what you won’t see in the Duggar sisters’ specials is their brother, Josh Duggar, reported Yahoo Parenting.
Instead, 24-year-old Jill along with Derick and their baby boy, as well as 22-year-old Jessa and Ben (plus their new baby after he or she is born) will be center stage in the specials, the first of which will be broadcast by the end of December.
A source revealed that in addition to keeping Josh out of the specials, TLC is not planning to include him on any productions.
“What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child,” revealed TLC Executive Vice President and General Manager Nancy Daniels. “We’ll be watching Jill preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family, which we know is something our audience will be interested in.”
Daniels emphasized that the sisters really wanted to pursue the specials and show their fans what’s happening in their lives.
“There’s no doubt it’s been a tough few months on the family, and we’ve obviously been in close contact with them as they’ve been going through it,” said Daniels.
19 Kids and Counting once ranked as the most viewed TLC show, with 3.2 million viewers on average prior to the July cancellation.
But despite the cancellation, both Jessa and Jill have been keeping their fans up to date on their lives via social media. And as the Inquisitr reported, Jessa has faced her own share of criticism.
With Jessa faithfully sharing selfies of her blossoming baby bump on social media, some accused her of being vain for all those selfies.
“Do you really need 1,000 people telling you how great you look after every selfie?” asked one critic.
“Isn’t vanity a sin?” asked another.
Now, Jessa has shared a stranger’s random act of kindness on Instagram and again found herself facing a backlash, reported SheKnows.
Buying coffee at a drive-through, Ben and Jessa were happily surprised when a stranger in the car in front of them paid for the beverage.
“Sorta made me think of Salvation! It’s offered freely to all those who by faith believe, but only because it was paid for by someone else!” Jessa said in part of a long discussion about Salvation and God.
Some of her followers were annoyed that she did not pay it forward by paying for coffee for another stranger, while others criticized Jessa for what they saw as a lecture.
“She edited the post and removed the part saying that they drove away without paying a dime. Pretty disappointing that thisfamily accepts so much charity without giving back,” wrote one critic.
And another questioned Jessa’s discussion about the Bible.
“Also, really? You take a good deed and turn it into a lecture?” asked the follower.
It also was through social media that Jessa shared the news that she is turning her back on Josh, reported CBS News.
“Go to http://seewalds.com and read the post on the Ashley Madison scandal,” posted Jessa, linking to a commentary by her father-in-law Michael Seewald.
In that commentary, Seewald described Josh as a hypocrite.
“He lived a covert and extensive lifestyle of evil. While proudly saying things like, ‘Our family is like the epitome of conservative values,’ he was looking at porn and soliciting affairs. He took a job at the Family Research Council that exists to promote the traditional family, all the while undermining his own family by violating his marriage covenant.”
It’s not just Jessa and her father-in-law who are shunning Josh. Anna Duggar has moved out of the home that they shared during Josh’s stay in rehab. And during the time that Anna is in her parents’ house, her siblings want to have a divorce intervention, reported Extra.
An insider explained that Anna’s brother, Daniel Keller, is heading up the push to persuade Josh’s wife to exit the marriage. Keller previously was decisive on Facebook about how he felt regarding Josh.
“I tell you who I don’t give a s— about is that pig she calls her husband. I told her I would go get her and her children stay w me. She said she’s staying where she’s at. But I won’t stop trying to get that pig out of our family.”
[Images via Jessa Duggar Seewald / Twitter]