Derick Dillard -- Duggar Husband Says Anti-Transgender Tweets Aimed At TLC, Not Jazz Jennings

Steph Bazzle

Derick Dillard will no longer appear on the Duggar family's reality show, Counting On, but months later, viewers are still asking what really happened, and he's still denying the most popular conception of the chain of events. Now he says the series of tweets that viewers considered an attack on transgender teen girl Jazz Jennings weren't addressed to the child at all, but TLC, though he doesn't deny repeatedly calling Jazz a boy and using the pronoun "he" for her in tweets. These tweets are commonly assumed to be why Dillard was removed from the show, but Derick tells a different story.

In August 2017, Derick tweeted about Jazz Jennings' reality show, I Am Jazz, which airs on TLC, the same network that hosts a reality show about Dillard's in-laws, the Duggar family. Dillard said her show "follows a non-reality" and called the concept of being transgender a myth. Dillard's tweet linked to a TLC tweet promoting the show, so that his words were accompanied by a photo of Jazz's face.

In a second tweet, a response when called out by viewers, Derick Dillard said he had no problem with Jazz -- but he referred to her as "him."

TLC tweeted in November, telling viewers they did not support Derick Dillard's views on transgender people, that he hadn't been involved with the Duggar reality show in some time, and that the network didn't intend to include him going forward.

His timeline has continued to host a string of denials of ever bullying or attacking Jazz. In November, Derick tweeted that he pities the teen, who he again referred to as 'him,' saying that Jennings' parents are taking advantage of her to promote an agenda.