The Duggar family isn’t known for having the typical nine to five jobs. While their two shows, 19 Kids and Counting and Jill & Jessa: Counting On, have supplied the majority of their income for years, it is uncertain if they will be able to continue to count on payment from TLC to keep their family afloat.
The Duggar family first became famous with TLC’s show, 19 Kids and Counting, but that wasn’t the original name of the show. TLC had to continually change the title as the family continued to increase in number. Unlike TLC’s sister show, Sister Wives, which features 18 kids from four different mothers, Michelle Duggar gave birth to all 19 of the Duggar Children. The show had high ratings for years and was a family favorite, especially among Christians, due to the Duggar family’s strong Christian beliefs. The Duggar family is very old fashioned in the sense that they do not believe in birth control, their children court instead of date, and the women of the family practice a sense of modesty by always covering their shoulders, wearing skirts, and showing little to no skin.
Unfortunately, the Duggar family’s money line came crashing to the ground when the family was rocked with scandal. It was revealed the oldest son, Josh Duggar, had sexually molested his younger sisters when he was a teenager. The family managed to keep the molestation private at the time it happened, and sent all of the children involved to therapy. The police records documenting the molestation were illegally released last year, and the family finally had to come clean about what had happened under their roof.
Just as the storm had passed from the sexual molestation scandal, another shocking scandal was revealed about Josh Duggar. Ashley Madison, a website solely dedicated to helping people have affairs, was hacked and the information on its users was released. One of the names included in the list was none other than Josh Duggar. The billing address connected with the account made it impossible for Josh to deny it was his account, and he eventually came forward and admitted to having the account; but, that was not the end of it. Josh disclosed that he had a pornography addiction and that he had cheated on his wife, Anna Duggar, more than once. Josh admitted himself to a rehabilitation center for sexual addiction.
TLC had no choice but to cancel 19 Kids and Counting after the Josh Duggar scandals, but they replaced the show with another Duggar show, Jill & Jessa: Counting On.
Jill & Jessa: Counting On featured two of the older sisters involved in the molestation incident, and focused on how they were moving past the scandal. The show eventually began to include several of the older sisters, as well as Josh’s wife, Anna. The first season ended in May and TLC has yet to confirm whether or not the show will be renewed for a second season. Ratings began to waiver toward the end of the first season, and fans grew tired of the constant flashbacks the show used as filler.
The Duggar family was so desperate to have Jill & Jessa: Counting On renewed for a second season, they started a social media campaign, #BringtheDuggarsBack. More than a month after the first season of Jill & Jessa: Counting On ended, there still has been no word on a Season 2 renewal. There may still be a bit of hope, though. The TLC official Facebook book pages for 19 Kids and Counting and Jill & Jessa: Counting On have continued to post segments from Jill & Jessa: Counting On episodes as recently as June 9. The fact TLC has not let the Facebook pages lie dormant gives hope that they may still be considering a Season 2 for Jill & Jessa: Counting On.
Do you think TLC will renew Jill & Jessa: Counting On for a second season? Do you think the recent news that another molestation victim has come forward will hurt any hopes of this? Leave your feedback in the comments below.
UPDATE: It was announced June 20, 2016, by People that Jill & Jessa: Counting On has been renewed for Season 2. Find out more details here.
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