Anna Duggar may be fearing money problems for the four children that she shares with Josh Duggar, according to the latest reports. As the debut of a new Duggar family TV show nears, can Anna solve those financial worries by participating, however reluctantly, in the 19 Kids And Counting spin-off? And how did the 27-year-old young woman really feel when she learned that the man had married had a secret addiction to porn and had cheated on her?
For Anna, 2015 may rank as the worst year of her life. First came the publicity over the reports released documenting that her husband, Josh, had molested several underage girls, including some of his own sisters, when he was a teenager. TLC cancelled 19 Kids And Counting. Then came the hacking of the Ashley Madison site for infidelity, which showed that Josh had paid for several accounts for affairs secretly hidden from Anna.
After Josh confessed to cheating on Anna and an addiction to porn, he checked into a faith-based treatment center. That leaves Anna, according to some accounts, torn between divorcing Josh and staying in Duggarville in order to support her children, reported Fashion & Style.
The new Duggar show, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, showed an extremely frail Anna, causing fans to express concern over whether it was Josh’s infidelity and sex addiction or money problems that caused her to lose so much weight. To attempt to get Anna to remain with Josh following the treatment, Duggar patriarch Jim Bob even bribed her with a new home, which she declined.
However, the fact that Anna participated in Jill & Jessa: Counting On led many to assume that Josh’s wife has decided to remain entrenched in Duggarville.
But recently, new concern arose for the young woman following a lawsuit filed by an adult film star.
As the Inquisitr reported, Josh again caused the Duggar family humiliation as headlines spread the news that an adult film star was suing him for assault after he propositioned her for sex in a strip club. Danica Dillon, whose real name is Ashley Stamm-Northup, described how Josh came up to her at a strip club in Philadelphia. Duggar gave her $600 for lap dances, and then propositioned her with an offer of $1,500 for intimate relations at a hotel.
The consensual sex act turned into a physical assault that caused a variety of injuries, according to the adult film star. Dillon also recounts how Josh went to a strip club where she was performing. He attempted to express his regret, but then assaulted her again. As a result of those acts of violence, Danica wants $500,000 in damages from Duggar.
This has led to concern about how Anna can survive. If the new Duggar family spin-off succeeds, they would have some steady income for as long as it lasts. Jill & Jessa: Counting On debuts December 13 at 8 p.m. on TLC.
In the preview of the show, Anna is shown discussing how she felt when she learned about what how Josh had cheated on her, among his other confessions, reported the Daily Mail.
“It was heartbreaking to hear what had happened,” summed up Anna about Josh’s cheating ways and porn addiction.
Although Anna reportedly knew prior to her marriage something about her husband’s confession that he had molested some of his sisters when he was a teen, she makes it clear in Jill and Jessa: Counting On that the other scandals were shockingly heartbreaking.
Scheduled to air December 13, 20, and 27, the new Duggar shows take a different approach to the cancelled 19 Kids and Counting. And although TLC put the name of two of the sisters molested by Josh in the title, the latest promo features Anna.
It’s been half a year since the news broke that Josh had molested underage girls, and three months following the revelations that he had used the Ashley Madison site, cheated on his wife, and was addicted to porn.
“It was heartbreaking to hear what had happened,” said a tearful Anna.
Even her sister-in-law, Jill Duggar Dillard, focused on Anna during her time to speak on the promotion.
“My thoughts were for Anna,” said the 24-year-old, who has self-identified as one of Josh’s sisters who he molested. “You’re angry and hurt and all of those emotions mixed together. I cried a lot of tears, I still do. I know I am hurting.”
TLC has created a Facebook page dedicated to the Duggar family’s new show, and viewers are reacting both to Anna and to the promo enticements on the page to watch.
“I will be thankful when the whole bunch is finally off tv,” commented one disgruntled user.
“Anna’s tragedy is being exploited for ratings, money, and reality TV fame,” slammed another.
And some urged that Anna get help to leave Josh.
“Pimping out Anna now – you money-hungry people will stoop to the lowest of lows. You should be encouraging Anna to get the heck out of your family and get her children to safety away from their child-molesting father! Hypocrites, beggars, lazy non-working grifters that will do anything for money. Get a freaking job and get Anna and her kids out of there!” opined one such Facebook user.
A Facebook group urging that potential viewers boycott has grown, with organizer asking that people take a pledge to boycott all Discovery channels, including TLC.
“Like this page to take the pledge on Dec 13, 20 and 27 2015 join us in boycotting all Discovery network channels for the one hour they are airing the TLC show Jill & Jessa Counting on 8/7 c This family minimized childhood sexual abuse showing victims they do not matter,” urge the organizers.
In addition, a separate Facebook group is contacting sponsors to ask that they not support the Duggar family show. It has more than 1,000 members.
Meanwhile, some of Anna’s own family are urging her to leave Josh, adding to rumors that she may finally be considering divorce, according to Extra.
In particular, her brother, Daniel Keller, plans to conduct a divorce intervention to get his sister to split from Josh and Duggarville.
What do you think about TLC’s new show and Anna Duggar? Will you watch the show, or boycott it, and do you think Anna should stay with Josh or leave? Post your comments below.
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