Josh Duggar might not be returning to television anytime soon, but according to insiders, the fallen reality star is planning a tour to tell his story to conservative Christian crowds. Duggar recently returned to his hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, after a six-month stint in a faith-based rehab center in Illinois after admitting he has a pornography addiction and cheated on his wife, Anna, using two different accounts with the infidelity site Ashley Madison. Josh also recently got the $500,000 battery lawsuit brought by pornstar Danica Dillon thrown out of court.
According to a Duggar insider, Josh is “considering going on a public speaking circuit,” potentially worldwide, to speak about the struggles of the past year. After news broke that Josh molested several young girls when he was a teenager, some of whom were his sisters, the father of four lost his job as a lobbyist. Now, Josh “has to make money and this could be very lucrative for him,” the insider revealed, adding that it’s “likely Josh will travel the world to talk at Christian fundamentalist events this year.”
Naturally, the Duggar clan has not confirmed what Josh Duggar’s plans are now that he’s returned to his family, but since his parents and siblings make money through speaking engagements, it makes sense Josh would pursue the same line of work. After 19 Kids & Counting was cancelled, the Duggar family lost a lot of money, including lost income from cancelled speaking engagements.
While they recovered from one of the toughest years of their lives, Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald were spotted at several conferences giving motivational talks about marriage.
The insider concluded that viewers of Jill & Jessa: Counting On are “certain Josh will be making an appearance on Counting On” because Duggar will “bring the show even more viewers.” TLC has adamantly denied any rumors that Josh will appear on the series, although his wife, Anna Duggar, does star on the show alongside her sisters-in-law, Jessa, Jill, Jana, and Jinger Duggar.
Josh Duggar is reportedly being “shunned” by his family since his return, despite the warm online welcome his parents and sisters gave him when he completed rehab. According to Hollywood Life, Josh has learned that “[l]ife out of rehab is not getting any easier for him.”
In fact, Josh “feels overwhelmingly disgraced” and, while still reeling from the past year, is rumored to be “afraid to go anywhere.” Even though he’s returned to his family, Duggar is “really sad right now” and “not dealing well with life after rehab and scandal.”
Publicly, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar welcomed Josh back to their home, writing on the Duggar Family Blog that rehab was “a crucial first step in recovery and healing for Josh,” and now that he’s returned, Duggar will “continue professional counseling and focus on rebuilding relationships with his family.” The reality stars also wrote they’re “forever grateful for the love and prayers offered by so many.”
In addition, sister Jessa Duggar had warm words for her brother, telling People magazine that she forgives Josh for the scandals from the past year, adding that she and her family “love him very much,” despite all the trouble, and they’re “very hopeful for the future.”
It seems Josh isn’t the only Duggar family member struggling with the drama, however. In a recent episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, the family opened up about how Jana has changed.
Jana “used to be very outgoing” according to John-David, who added that when his sister was younger, she was “very rowdy.” However, things have changed, and now Jana is “quiet” and likes to “sit in the background.”
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