A TLC executive is now speaking out about the Josh Duggar scandal and also the new special Jill & Jessa: Counting On. Us Magazine shared that TLC’s executive vice president and general manager Nancy Daniels spoke out recently at the network’s Television Critics Association panel. Nancy admitted that as soon as they heard about the Josh Duggar scandal, they talked to the family and knew they had their challenges.
Nancy then went on to explain how they were sympathetic to the Duggar family during their hard time. TLC knew that what they were going through was not easy on them.
“These are people who had something happening in their lives a long time ago. We took the show off the air and immediately connected with two well-respected agencies to figure out the appropriate response. And one of those responses was the documentary to put the word out about a situation that doesn’t really get talked about.”
After the Duggar scandal, they came out with a documentary called Breaking The Silence. This was all about sex abuse and a few of the Duggars even spoke out on it. The thing is, this wasn’t enough to make everyone happy. After that, they brought back the Duggars in a three-part special called Jill & Jessa: Counting On. Fans of the family were really excited to see the show, but others were against the Duggars being back on television at all after what happened.
This was all after it was confirmed that Josh Duggar molested several young girls when he was a minor. This first scandal was enough for TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting, but then it came out that Josh had been using the website Ashley Madison to cheat on his wife Anna while she was pregnant with their youngest daughter. A lot of viewers still care about the rest of the family, but don’t want to see Josh on television again.
Deadline shared that TLC was asked some pretty tough questions today about Josh Duggar and the scandal. Reporters were not afraid to put them on the spot and get details. They were asked how they have decided to change casting for their shows after this scandal. This is how Daniels explained it.
“Our first priorty is making sure that there’s a health and well-being of our families first and foremost. We feature stories of different families with real people and real things happen.”
Daniels did go on and explain a bit more, saying they have “stop gaps in place” and that “we have strong screening process that has evolved.” They also shared that they had over 3 million viewers on the specials about Jill and Jessa Duggar and know that people care about these girls. It is obvious that they don’t really sound done with the Duggars.
So will the Duggars be back on TLC again? Nancy Daniels shared that at this time they don’t have anymore specials set up, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. She actually shared that they are pending at this time. The Duggars are not confirmed for any specials, but she said, “We are still considering doing more but haven’t made a decision yet.”
Do you feel like the Duggar family should be coming back to TLC just without Josh Duggar? Do you think that this family should be done with television for good? Sound off in the comments section below on your thoughts about the Duggars and 19 Kids and Counting.
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