Jessa Duggar’s new show, Jill And Jessa: Counting On premieres in just 10 days, and reports are surfacing that TLC might reboot 19 Kids And Counting if Jill & Jessa: Counting On proves successful. Jessa Duggar has kept busy with her social media accounts and speaking engagements, and, of course, her newborn son, Spurgeon.
According to Fashion & Style magazine, Jessa Duggar is not just a reality star. Ever since 19 Kids And Counting was cancelled, destroying a large portion of the Duggar family’s income in the process, Jessa has become an in-demand speaker, most recently hosting speaking engagements on motherhood and Christian values along with her husband, Ben Seewald. Notably, Jessa spoke to a packed crowd at the Southern Women’s Show last fall.
Fashion & Style reports that Jessa is her family’s main breadwinner, and participating in Jill And Jessa: Counting On is seen as her latest grab for cash. Of course, she also gets to share her side of the Josh Duggar scandal, which resulted in the cancellation of 19 Kids And Counting.
Jill And Jessa: Counting On will follow Jessa as she transitions into motherhood, and will also tell the story of her scary home birth which resulted in a healthy baby — and an ambulance ride. In an interview with People magazine, Jessa detailed her harrowing 48-hour labor and why she had to go to the hospital.
Jessa confessed to People that labor was “intense” and she almost abandoned her plan for a home birth. Hoping for an all-natural, drug-free birth, during the hardest part of her 10-hour labor, Jessa admitted she wanted to throw in the towel and “get an epidural.” Despite the pain, however, Jessa dealt with it, and delivered “natural.”
Soon, however, something went wrong, and Jessa bled more than normal. Her mother, Michelle Duggar, called 911, and Jessa, who almost fainted, “tried to keep my head, I was awake and alert,” but she ended up needing a blood transfusion.
The worst part, according to Jessa Duggar, is she “dreamed about those first moments, getting to breastfeed right away, all that.” When that dream was destroyed by the ambulance ride, “it was a shock,” Jessa confessed.
Jill And Jessa: Counting On also follows Jill Duggar as she and her family move to Central America to perform missionary work. Jill gets to tell her story about how she’s been affected by the reports that her brother, Josh Duggar, molested her. Last summer, it was revealed that the conservative Christian Duggar family harbored a secret: that Josh Duggar had molested five teenage girls when he was 14 years old, and two of his victims were his sisters, Jill and Jessa.
The new reality show also features Anna Duggar, Josh’s wife, as she explains how she’s affected by her husband’s cheating scandals. In previews for Jill And Jessa: Counting On, Anna Duggar tearfully reveals that she was “devastated” to learn that her husband had cheated on her. In the past, Anna admitted that she was aware Josh had molested Jill and Jessa, but because her husband sought “forgiveness,” she still married him.
Anna wasn’t aware her husband had cheated on her, however, and according to Radar Online, Anna has been tested for sexually transmitted diseases after Josh was sued by adult film star Danica Dillon. According to court documents, Dillon felt she was “being raped” by Josh during their consensual sex. Since Josh was sued after filming for Jill And Jessa: Counting On wrapped up, the reality show is not expected to reveal Anna’s feelings about it.
Many fans are criticizing Jill And Jessa: Counting On, claiming TLC is trying to cash in on the Josh Duggar scandals as well as his victims to replace lost revenue from 19 Kids And Counting. Design & Trend reports that two Facebook groups have been created to boycott TLC and the Duggar family. According to one group, “Take the Pledge Boycott all Discovery Channels,” Jill And Jessa: Counting On only serves to reward the Duggar family which “minimized childhood sexual abuse showing victims they do not matter.” The group requests that everyone boycott TLC during the days that Jill & Jessa: Counting On airs.
But it’s possible that if Jill & Jessa: Counting On proves successful, the Duggar family might be back on television again.
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