Derick Dillard Spills: 'Exploitation' By TLC, Sam In The NICU, More

Steph Bazzle

Viewers of the TLC reality show Counting On have wondered for a while what's going on with Jill and Derick Dillard and their sons, Israel and Sam. Since returning from Central America, the Dillard family has left the show (accounts vary regarding whether they did so voluntarily). Viewers have questioned what happened with Sam's birth, why Derick really left the show, and how Jill feels now about growing up on camera. Now, Derick has opened up and provided a lot of this information.

Derick has been complaining for some time that kids, such as Jazz Jennings and the students murdered in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are being "used" by the media to promote an agenda. Lately, many social media followers are firing back, asking Derick if he doesn't think that he and Jill have done the same by showcasing their children on Counting On. They've asked whether, if he considers Jazz to be exploited on her reality show, he also believes Jill Dillard and her siblings were exploited growing up on 19 Kids And Counting.

Derick has sidestepped these questions for a while, but on Tuesday night, he answered. A viewer questioned whether Derick thought it was okay to exploit his kids on television, and for his in-laws to exploit their children. He denies that he and Jill are doing so -- but not that his in-laws are.

"Derick claims to care about the kids....does he really? Derick has never reached out to Jazz Jennings to ask her if she is okay. If he truly thinks adults are manipulating Jazz then reach out!"

Dillard's response was to maintain that he has tried to reach out to Jazz, who he again misgenders in his tweet.