The Duggars have been through a lot over the last year. From Josh Duggar’s scandals to three new grandchildren added, there has been several moments that have caused the family to pause. Their show was canceled last summer, but the Duggars came back with a spin-off. TLC initially wanted to completely cut ties with the family, but the fans were pressuring the network to keep them on the air. Back in December, Jill and Jessa: Counting On premiered for a three-part run. After seeing the ratings the Duggars brought it, the network caved and offered them their own show with a different focus.
Since Jill and Jessa: Counting On returned just a few weeks ago, the Duggars have been a hot topic in the entertainment world. From rumors of divorce to rumors of pregnancy, this family is being hounded at every turn. According to Celeb Dirty Laundry, the Duggar’s new show will likely be canceled. While right now it is strictly a rumor, the possibility is likely. Advertisers have been pulling their commercials out of the slots for Jill and Jessa: Counting On. Several have spoken out that they don’t want to be associated with the Duggars in any capacity and are not trying to offend the consumers.
Fans of the show are outraged by the lack of support for the Duggars. While Josh Duggar did a lot of questionable things, his family members are being punished alongside him. There are fans out there that have spent countless hours calling and emailing TLC on behalf of the family. Jill and Jessa: Counting On is bringing in a lot of viewers for the network. Without advertising money, the network will not be able to afford to keep the show in production. It is likely that the show will continue at least through Season 1, but after that things look grim. Some fans have decided to once again band together for the Duggars, and much of it can be seen on social media with their defense of the show and shaming of the advertisers.
Several advertisers have abandoned the Duggars completely. According to Forbes, the Duggars have lost support from major companies like Verizon and UPS. This is incredibly problematic for the TLC network. Advertisers are the bread and butter for the network, bringing in a lot of the money they need. Without funds, Jill and Jessa: Counting On will not be able to go on. Right now, there is no confirmation of what will happen with the show, but the advertisers pulling out is truthful. A few other smaller companies have pulled back and issued statements about not wanting to be associated with the Duggars.
There has been no official announcement of cancellation regarding the Duggars and Jill and Jessa: Counting On. It is still early on for the show, with only a few episodes airing. While it is likely that the show could be pulled because of the lack of advertisers willing to be put in the commercial slots, all avenues have not yet been exhausted. The Duggars have been paying for what their son has done for over a year now, and it doesn’t look like there is an end in sight. TLC has remained quiet about the lack of support for Jill and Jessa: Counting On, but a statement is expected at some point.
The Duggars have been focusing on positivity in recent months, and celebrating their son’s return home from rehab. Even on Tuesday nights when Jill and Jessa: Counting On airs, the Duggars remain quiet on social media. As of now there is no definite decision on whether a cancellation will occur, but fans are standing behind the Duggars regardless of what the network chooses to do.
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