The Duggar family can’t seem to keep out of controversy, and the latest one involves Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard apparently leaving their infant alone on a rug while they ate Thanksgiving dinner.
Fans of the reality television stars are up in arms after a photo showed the couple’s 4-month-old son, Samuel, laying on a rug by the dinner table. As In Touch Weekly noted, the picture sparked backlash from those who claimed that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard were neglecting their child, and leaving him in a vulnerable position.
This is not the only controversy to find the Duggar couple in recent months. They have been embroiled in a number of other controversies, including Derick Dillard’s inflammatory remarks about Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen featured on a different TLC reality show. After Derick’s critical remarks regarding her gender identity, TLC decided to drop Derick from appearing on the family’s latest reality show iterations, Counting On.
“We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future,” the network said in a statement (via In Touch Weekly) “We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.”
There are also reports that there may be a bit of a family feud involving Jill and Derick. A report from Radar Online claimed that parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are on the outs with Derick. At Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell’s wedding earlier this year, Jim Bob and Michelle sat together with in-laws Ben Seewald, Jeremy Vuolo, and Austin Forsyth, the report noted, but Derick Dillard sat on the other side of the church. The report added that Derick has been absent from appearing in the family’s Facebook page for the last four months.
There was speculation that the snub could have to do with Derick’s seemingly worldly behavior, including posting a video of people dancing to modern music. The Duggar parents have set strict rules for their children that include no improper influences, which would include modern music.
For their part, neither Jill Duggar nor Derick Dillard have addressed the controversy over the Thanksgiving picture with their infant son on the floor.