Josh Duggar has apparently decided that the rehab facility he entered for sex addiction treatment is preferable to returning to Duggarville. As the Duggars film their 19 Kids and Counting reboot amid hostility from their hometown, Josh is remaining in rehab, reported the Hollywood Gossip.
That leaves Anna Duggar to play the role of single parent to their four children. Duggar has remained in his rehab program for sex addiction for months while Anna is trapped amid the Duggar family to raise their kids on her own, including homeschooling them.
The oldest of the Duggar sons, Josh has become increasingly infamous, beginning with the reports that he had molested several underage girls when he was a teen (including several of his sisters). That scandal was followed by the revelation that Duggar had been using Ashley Madison to search for extramarital affair partners, after which Josh admitted he had been unfaithful to Anna and was addicted to porn. He then entered rehab.
For awhile, rumors swirled that Anna was pregnant as a result of a visit to Josh, but no signs of a blossoming baby bump have been seen. Instead, it’s Anna doing the work of raising the children. New reports indicate that either because his parents have ordered him to stay out of sight or he’s made the decision on his own, Duggar is hiding out in rehab indefinitely.
As a result of the scandals caused by Josh, the Duggar family lost their TV show, endorsement deals, speaking opportunities, and more, reportedly resulting in cash flow problems. Keeping the 27-year-old away from the family facilitates also keeping him far away from the cameras filming the Duggars 19 Kids and Counting reboot.
But even without Josh, the Duggars’ new show is attracting considerable hostility in their hometown, a source told ET.
For several months, the Duggars have been involved in filming a show. It’s not yet known if it would consist of specials or an ongoing show such as 19 Kids and Counting was in its heyday. However, some members of the Duggar family were spotted with a camera crew as they shopped at a store. The Duggar family also was seen filming close to their home, which is in Springdale, Arkansas.
The source revealed that the town is furious about the return of the camera crews to film the Duggars.
“There is a lot of hate regarding the family. After all that has happened, this isn’t the same family in many people’s eyes.”
The insider did not yet know whether Josh will co-star on the show, adding that Duggar is “just fine” in the rehab program where he remains. As for Anna, she remains as a resident among the Duggar family members.
The original 19 Kids and Counting was canceled by TLC when the news broke that Josh had molested four of his sisters and one other underage girl when he was a teen. More details about that scandal played out on TV when TLC broadcast three specials about two of the sisters he molested, Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard, who co-starred in Jill & Jessa: Counting On.
TLC told ET that the network has no news to release at this point. However, a separate source told ET that the Duggar family remains under contract to the network and continues to be interested in the Duggars.
Anna has revealed how she feels in a blog regarding the year of scandals surrounding her husband and her visit to Josh in rehab.
“Many have asked how I am doing. So many have asked that its actually humbling and touching,” Anna noted. “2015 was the most difficult year of my life. Yet, amazingly I’ve found that in my own life crisis God has drawn near to me (‘He’s near to the brokenhearted’ Psalms 34:18) and my faith has been more precious to me than ever before.”
— In Touch Weekly (@intouchweekly) February 18, 2016
As for who will star in the new Duggar family show, In Touch Weekly tweeted its exclusive about the new filming going on. Among those spotted in addition to the camera crew was Joy-Anna, 18, with her friend, party planner Sierra Jo Dominguez.
But who’s dishing the dirt about the hostility the Duggar family is facing? Amy Duggar and her husband, Dillon King, have been accused of managing the media leaks, reported Fashion & Style.
Some also accused them of seeking items for free in addition to getting paid for the leaks.
“[Neither] Amy nor I get paid from the media. Everybody [thinks] the media pays out cash…they don’t,” said King on social media. “I’m honest and blunt and when somebody asked me a question I will give them a real answer.
He also clarified the freebies accusations.
“To be called a ‘con artist’ is pretty insulting,” he declared. “For one, Amy’s gown. The bridal shop called us and said they wanted to give us a dress. So I’m not sure how that makes us a ‘con artist.'”
[Image via Duggar Family Facebook]