Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have broken their silence over the cancellation of their family’s TLC show “Counting On”.
The Duggar parents, who rose to prominence on the same network with their previous show “19 Kids and Counting,” posted a statement on their official family blog on Saturday.
“It’s hard to believe that more than 17 years have passed since we were first contacted by a production company wanting to make a one-hour documentary on the logistics of raising 14 children. is enlarged (and grown!) before our eyes and on national television, and the journey has been miraculous: following God is an exciting adventure! “
“Over the years, some of our most treasured moments have been when we have met children across the country who are alive today because of our testimonies that children are a blessing – a special gift from God – and that the only real hope for individuals and families is a close relationship with Jesus Christ, ”the statement continued.
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The couple called it “an incredible honor” to share their life and faith with viewers, “including some of the most difficult and painful times our family has ever faced.”
The couple added that they envision “all the new adventures and endeavors that could come, and with so many grown children and wonderful grandchildren, we know our love will only multiply!”
“We are eternally grateful to our film crew and so many behind the scenes who have become like family over the years. The wonderful experiences that filming has provided us will always be invaluable, and we look forward to seeing the next one. step for our families and sharing more with you along the way! ” concludes the statement.
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Michelle and Jim Bob didn’t mention their oldest son Josh Duggardirectly the child pornography scandal, although it is believed that this weighed in the decision of the network not to continue the emission of its siblings.
“Counting On” served as a spin-off of “19 children and count“and followed members of the Duggar family and their spouses.
“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of ‘Counting On’,” the network told Fox News in a statement on Tuesday. “TLC believes it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to discuss their situation in private.”
Josh’s trial was originally scheduled for July 6, but has recently been postponed to november. Josh and his family appeared on “19 Kids” from 2008 to 2015. The show was canceled in 2015 when news broke that Duggar, now 33, allegedly assaulted several young girls, four of whom were his sisters.
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Later that year, it was reported that Josh had an account on Ashley Madison, a website meant to facilitate extramarital affairs.
The disgraced former reality TV star did not appear on “Counting On,” which ran from 2015 to 2020.