Has Josh Duggar forever changed the way the world perceives the Duggar family? It’s been nine months since TLC pulled 19 Kids and Counting off the air due to the reports that Josh had molested several underage girls as a teen. Since then, the scandals linked to Josh have continued taint the family’s reputation, with the Ashley Madison website leak revealing that Duggar had paid for accounts. Josh then admitted to cheating on Anna as well as an addiction to porn and entered rehab.
But despite those scandals, the Duggar family resurfaced on TV in the form of a 19 Kids And Counting spin-off, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, noted In Touch.
However, it takes advertisers to sustain a TV show, and many of the companies whose ads aired during Counting On were shocked to discover that they were linked with the Duggars’ TV show. Consequently, given the opportunity, those companies distanced themselves from the family.
A spokesperson for Cici’s Pizza, for example, explained that Cici’s had not planned to have their ad shown during the Duggars’ show.
“Cici’s prides itself on being a family-friendly restaurant. We recently made a large advertising buy on cable television that spanned several networks but did not target any particular program. When we learned one of our ads was placed adjacent to controversial programming, we took immediate action to stop it.”
Other brands with similar responses were The UPS Store, Verizon Wireless, and Pure Michigan. The latter emphasized that when it comes to placing ads to attract tourists, the Duggar family’s show doesn’t meet the requirements.
“The Pure Michigan ads were not supposed to air during this program, and we were disappointed to hear that they had,” asserted a spokesperson. “We contacted TLC immediately after learning about this mistake, and have been assured no Pure Michigan ads will run on this program moving forward. The Counting On program does not meet our brand guidelines.”
In addition, Whitewave Foods, Choice Hotels, and the Mattress Firm have made it clear that they do not want their ads to run during Counting On. All of these responses are indications that the show is at risk, pointed out media expert David Johnson, CEO of Strategic Visions.
“The Duggars are radioactive right now,” declared Johnson. “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.”
But Josh’s wife, Anna Duggar, has a very different perception of the future, pointed out People.
Speaking out during a recent episode of Counting On, Anna admitted that she has a “long process” ahead when it comes to her relationship with Duggar. However, Josh’s wife took a positive attitude about what has happened.
“I can definitely look back on the past few months and say it’s been a hard road, but it’s been a good road.”
As for Josh’s confessions about cheating on Anna and having a pornography addiction, she expressed hope for what lies ahead, describing her “excitement” over the possibilities without specifically addressing the fact that Duggar was unfaithful.
“We’ll just kind of take it one day at at time and keep trusting God and doing the right thing,” Anna declared. “I think there’s lots of hope for the future and a lot of excitement.”
However, she did make one confession about what lies ahead for the couple, while speaking out when it comes to fans of the show who contend that Duggar does not deserve her love.
“But, in some ways, there are a lot of steps before it’s where it needs to be,” admitted Anna. “God’s grace can give me the strength to love Josh when others would say he doesn’t deserve it.”
As for the other Duggars, they have forgiven the oldest son of the family for what he did.
“It is a process,” summed up Jessa. “We love him very much, though, and we are very hopeful for the future.”
Amid this forgiveness and love, a new scandal has erupted connecting with Josh, according to Hollywood Life, which cites a source revealing another girl who says that Duggar abused her when she was a teen.
“After last year’s revelations about Josh’s molestation scandal, word got around that there was another girl who said she’d been abused by Josh when she was a teenager,” said the source. “The Duggars knew the girl. Michelle was terrified when she heard that this girl was talking about what Josh had done.”
Duggar’s parents contacted the parents of the victim, who told Michelle and Jim Bob that no legal action is planned at this time. However, the potential for a “tell-all book” does reportedly exist.
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