Josh Duggar went from fame as the oldest son of the Duggars family, who raked in big bucks for their 19 Kids and Counting TV show, to infamy as the sibling who had molested several underage girls (including some of his own sisters) as a teen. And it didn’t stop there, with the Duggars’ TV show cancelled and Josh’s use of the Ashley Madison website for cheating revealed. Duggar subsequently admitted to cheating on his wife Anna as well as a porn addiction and entered rehab.
And only now, after Josh has left the treatment center for sex addiction, is Anna Duggar speaking out, according to the Hollywood Gossip.
In describing how she felt about the way that Josh cheated on her and betrayed her faith in him, Anna described it as a nightmare on an episode of the 19 Kids and Counting reboot, called Jill & Jessa: Counting On. (Although the show’s title focuses on two of the sisters molested by Josh, it also includes a range of other Duggar family members, including Anna.)
“It just seemed like a bad dream, it didn’t seem possible and I just thought, I’m gonna wake up and everything is going to be okay and this really can’t be true,” Anna recalled of her discovery that Josh had been unfaithful.
“It was definitely a hard thing and I think it is such a betrayal for a spouse to go through.”
But despite that betrayal, Anna is determined to stay faithful to Josh, explaining that her Christianity and marriage vows make her feel that she has no other choice. She also noted that she is aware that some fans have urged her to divorce Duggar, but she made it clear that she is praying that their marriage can be made whole again instead.
“I respect other people’s views, but in my heart, when I got married, I vowed to God first and then to Joshua, for better or for worse, till death do we part,” declared Anna adamantly. “My prayer and my heart’s desire is for our marriage is to be restored.”
Josh’s history of sex scandals has made some wonder whether he will return to TV himself, noted ET.
When it was revealed that the Duggars were filming again, a source told ET the family experienced a backlash.
“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.”
And apparently some advertisers feel the same way. Without paid ads, can the Duggars TV show survive? Sponsors are fleeing from being associated with the 19 Kids and Counting spinoff, according to Fox News.
Moreover, some advertisers were upset with the network, TLC, for airing their commercials without their approval. Wrigley, Choice Hotels, and UPS emphasized their decision to take their ads off the Duggars’ show.
“Wrigley no longer advertises on television programs featuring the Duggar family; and any ads that have recently aired during TLC shows featuring the Duggar family were done so in error. It is never our intent to endorse content that could offend our consumers.”
Choice Hotels also sought to distance itself from the Duggars, blaming TLC for the commercials that aired on the episode of Counting On.
“We are not a sponsor or an advertiser on any TV shows or specials about the Duggars. If any ads run, it is an error of the network as our advertising agency has directed them to remove our advertising from the show,” stated the company.
The UPS Store also emphasized that it did not intend to advertise on the Duggars’ show. Numerous other companies also complained that their ads had been broadcast during an episode, stressing that they do not want to be associated with any Duggar family member, according to In Touch.
As for the future? It doesn’t look good for the Duggar family, predicts David Johnson, CEO of Strategic Visions.
“The Duggars are radioactive right now,” declared the media expert. “People will see that this new show is just a desperate ploy by the Duggars to reclaim the spotlight and hopefully make some dollars off the public.”
In addition, the Duggar family has been accused of scripting and faking scenes, according to Radar Online.
For example, the Duggars were filmed giving food donations to a family in need. Once the cameras were off, however, a member of the Counting On clan allegedly reclaimed the box of food and took it to their SUV. They also are accused of recruiting people to play roles such as someone who wants to buy a car.
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