Josh Duggar is filming with his family again, but he’s still yet to appear on Counting On. The former 19 Kids and Counting star recently partook in one of the Duggars’ favorite pastimes, which was creating a congratulatory video for a family member. It marks the first time Jim Bob and Michelle’s oldest son has filmed such a video since his sexual molestation scandal broke two years ago.
In the video, Josh Duggar appears alongside his smiling family as they congratulate his younger sister Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, on the arrival of their second child, Samuel Scott Dillard. The short message was shared on the Duggar family’s website.
“Congratulations, Jill and Derick. We are so excited for you guys on your new arrival,” says Josh.
“We are thrilled that Samuel Scott is here, and the kid are excited to have another cousin to join the herd,” adds his wife, Anna Duggar.
Before Anna can finish her short speech, her 4-year-old son Marcus cuts in to tell the camera how happy he is about his little cousin’s birth. Josh laughs at the interruption, and Anna continues talking. She tells newborn Samuel that her family is looking forward “to all that God has in store” for his “little life.” Her three other children—Mackynzie, 7, Michael, 6, and Meredith, 1—remain silent in the video.
It’s been a long time since Josh Duggar has appeared in a family video like the one above. He began shunning the spotlight in 2015 after his carefully-constructed image of the ideal conservative Christian family man was forever tarnished by two major scandals. In Touch Weekly broke the news that he had sexually molested four of his younger sisters, and his family’s TLC reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, was canceled in the wake of the scandal. A few weeks later, Gawker reported that Josh had two accounts on Ashley Madison, a dating website for unfaithful spouses.
Anna Duggar has appeared on Counting On to talk about her husband’s cheating, but Josh hasn’t been on the show at all. Some fans were happy to finally hear him speak in the congratulatory video.
— Josh Duggar (@joshduggar) May 20, 2015
“Great to see you all together again on media!” wrote one YouTube commenter.
“Life goes on people make mistakes we shouldn’t judge if all is forgiven. I think getting back out there will be the way for you all to overcome all negativity!”
Josh Duggar’s return to his family’s YouTube page comes amidst criticism of a lawsuit he recently filed. According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Josh is suing In Touch Weekly and various Arkansas officials over the release of the statements given to police by the four sisters he molested; Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna Duggar. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Josh Duggar claims that he suffered “substantial emotional distress, mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation, and economic harm” due to the release of the police reports.
Some Duggar critics on the Free Jinger web forum are slamming Josh for the timing of his lawsuit.
“I’m actually shocked he is going forward with this, it will stay in the news, more information will come out. I can’t see it ending well for any of them,” wrote one commenter.
“I also feel sorry for Jill this came out the day her son was born.”
— Derick Dillard (@derick4Him) July 5, 2017
Josh and Anna may soon get their own congratulatory video from Jill and other members of the Duggar family. According to the International Business Times, their fifth child, a baby boy, is expected to arrive sometime this fall. In Touch Weekly claims that Josh has been asked to film a Counting On webisode about becoming a father for the fifth time, and he’ll be invited to join his family on the show if it is well-received by fans.
[Featured Image by Duggar Family/Facebook]