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Michelle Duggar allegedly had a gay crew member fired from her reality TV show

A story has emerged about a time when Michelle Duggar allegedly pushed to have a gay crew member of 19 Kids and Counting (the reality show featuring the Duggars) fired.

This past Thursday, a bomb went off in the midst of evangelical Christian politics. The Duggars were a symbol of Christian purity. Michelle Duggar’s factory line-like efficiency in churning out 19 children over the years was not just an example of the ineffectiveness of rhythmic birth control, it was an ongoing religious proclamation of God’s will.

This is what makes the hypocrisy regarding the revelations of Josh Duggar’s past so palpable. People who claim to speak for God while casting condemnation on those they deem to be outside their realm, can’t even coherently deal with a drastic moral breach within their own circle.

In statements released by the Duggars (and their supporters), they repeatedly stress their willingness to “forgive” Josh for fondling the breasts and genitals of sleeping children when he was a teenager. But their public persona when it comes to the gay community is anything but forgiving.

A story has emerged about a time when Michelle Duggar allegedly pushed to have a gay crew member of 19 Kids and Counting (the reality show featuring the Duggars) fired.

Speaking anonymously to Gawker, a woman who claims to have worked on the TLC show in 2008 says she witnessed a bizarre coddling of the Duggar family’s worldview, which was deeply skewed because they didn’t own a television or have an Internet connection at the time, leaving their reality to be shaped by “second hand church gossip” which was their “only link to anything outside of Arkansas.”

“We were constantly reminded that we were not to upset them or taint their version of the world, which is why they wanted limited conversation,” the woman told Gawker. “Even a lighthearted conversation that might actually educate them about something they were horribly ignorant about was seen as tainting their view. It was very much like being told to not tell your little sister about Santa Claus.”

So, during the leadup to their first family trip to New York to appear on the Today Show, Michelle started approaching some of us about New York and if it’s “scary for kids”. Because Michelle came to us, it was acceptable to entertain conversing with her but producers would always rush over and monitor the conversation. That very day we had a couple of crewmembers new to the set not familiar with the drill. She had directed this question to four of us who all happened to be standing together. As tempting as it was to give some ridiculous answer, the producer’s face reminded us to just be polite and give her the answer she wants. Well, the followup question is when it went completely off the rails. “Well, I hear the city is overrun by ….. gays… has that been causing a lot of problems?” One of the new crewmembers laughed and said “Why don’t you ask “Jimmy”? (Changed his name) and then proceeds to yell over his shoulder “Hey, Jimmy, you giving the city lots of problems???” Jimmy as you can guess, was gay, but this fact was completely lost on the Duggars.

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The Duggars in 2014

Apparently it took a while for Michelle to process that there might actually be a gay person in her midst. After pulling one of the producers aside to yell at him and demand to know if the other crew members were being serious, she wanted to see Jimmy.

Michelle asked point blank “So … you’re …. gay???” The four of us are staring at this from a distance as if we’re on the edge of our seats, completely shocked that someone in 2008 would even do that, and Jimmy … suddenly strikes a pose like a model in a pinup photo, and responds “Well, darling, depends on who’s asking!” Holy shit, the four of us watching were doubled over in pain laughing so hard at this. …

It was soon after discovered that Jimmy was fired from the set, with the official reason being that he was “causing conflicts with the talent.” Of course, no one was buying that explanation.

“He was fired 100% because he was gay and for no other reason,” the woman said.

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  1. Tina

    May 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Doesn’t Michelle have a sister that is gay? Of course, she probably doesn’t have any contact with her.

  2. Biish

    May 24, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Yes, it is the hypocrisy and the naïveté. Out of 19 children, some are statistically bound to be gay, the younger ones are going to start rebelling, at least one of the girls will end up pregnant prior to marriage. Some of the younger boys will start cooking meth out back. The family is a ticking time bomb. The parents truly think they can control all of the children, no parent should believe that they can or should control even one. I apologize in advance but the words of Kahlil Gibran keep going through my head:

    Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
    which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them,
    but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
    You are the bows from which your children
    as living arrows are sent forth.
    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
    and He bends you with His might
    that His arrows may go swift and far.
    Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
    For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
    so He loves also the bow that is stable.

    The Duggers would not agree.

  3. Jeff

    May 24, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Michelle Duggar is appearantly guilty of conspiracy to molest children. She hid her sons felonious behavior for over a year, and then brought the boy to meet with a State Trooper. Both parents and this trooper (who is currently serving a 50 plus year sentence for child pornography) hid the information of repeated criminal activities until after the statute of limitations expired. She is a hideous monster.

  4. George

    May 24, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Can’t the crew member Jimmy respond to the brainwashed Duggar lady like a normal human being and not like an obnoxious ridiculous gay stereotype. I’m gay by the way..respond to her like a sane person to educate her.

  5. Jeanette406

    May 24, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Yup

  6. Marlene Moulthrop

    May 24, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Thus, our modern day republican party.

  7. Paul S. Jenkins

    May 24, 2015 at 8:55 am

    “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

    Wonderfully appropriate in this particular case.

  8. Kit9

    May 24, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Biish The Duggars have already sent one little boy to anti-gay camp. He came back an emotionless zombie.

  9. Susie

    May 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Really?! What a bizarre reality they live in.

  10. Debbie

    May 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Which one

  11. Natalia Griswold

    May 24, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    This is why I get turned away from trying to worship of believe in god

  12. Natalia Griswold

    May 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    That’s terrible…

  13. Robert

    May 24, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    She and her sick family are nothing but child molesterers.

  14. warriorhawkwolf

    May 25, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    So the gay dude was causing “conflict with the talents.” Boy is that rich. as a straight female, who has many friends in the gay community, both male and female, the talent the Duggars supposedly have would not even fill a microbead.
    And this is the kind of ignorant and under-educated people the PTB want running the country for them(aka, Koch Brothers).
    Hopefully Josh Duggars political career is over with forever.

  15. warriorhawkwolf

    May 25, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    makes me wonder how many gay people took care of Michelle in the hospital when she was in for months while pregnant with Josie and how many gay nurses took care of her preemie too. what a narrow minded bigot subspecies these Duggars. well at least maybe they have finally DUG their own grave.

  16. SuperMom

    May 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    “J” is for Jesus,
    And every Duggar kid.
    And nobody is counting now,
    Cause of what the eldest did.
    He fondled up a young girl,
    Plus 4 of his female sibs.
    Now the gays are having a hay-day,
    And Fat June has flipped her lid.

  17. jrc43722@yahoo.com

    May 25, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    These dumb assess are like the Kardashians. Good for nothing.

  18. Kathy Burke English

    May 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    At least the Kardashians aren’t hypocrites about it. Wow, I can’t believe there is anyone out there who could make the Kardashians look good!

  19. secolbert

    May 27, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Get the stick out of your butt and lighten up you closet queen.

  20. CrazyAtheistSatanicGuy666

    May 28, 2015 at 1:09 am

    What’s Ironic is the fact they used a social networking site invented by an Atheist.

  21. Melinda Killie

    May 28, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Ya know…, I can forgive a lot of things, but the stench of hypocrisy on the part of the Dugger family and their cohorts is something that I personally can neither forgive or forget…..

  22. Melinda Killie

    May 28, 2015 at 2:51 am

    ROTFLMAO!!! Yup.

  23. C

    May 28, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Never thought I’d see the day. But you’re right. The Duggars are complete hypocrites.

  24. Linda

    May 28, 2015 at 3:30 am

    What difference would it have made? It wasn’t his manner of responding that she objected to…it was the fact that he was gay.

  25. K.J

    May 28, 2015 at 5:17 am

    It is very obvious that Michelle doesn’t follow one of the 10 Commandments that ” Love Your Neighbor” She goes the opposite direction= Pure Hate to Gays..

  26. Roryseber

    May 28, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Why are we even giving these people the time of day, let alone their own television show. The best thing we can do is just ignore them.

  27. jeanne

    May 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    This shows how ignorant YOU are.it’s not God,its people’s view of God.What a moron u are.

  28. Hanna

    May 28, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    But Jeff that is simply not true! The duggars did deal quickly with their son. He was punished and counseled! It is horrible that Josh did what he did and he certainly is paying a price..a terrible price! But he did REPENT and he TURNED AWAY FROM HIS SIN.Is there no repentance and mercy for him? WillBe careful how u answer as one day we ALL will stand before a Holy God and give an account of ourselves.Will God mete out His mercy to you/others as you have meted out your mercy to others?I shudder at so many!

  29. charlotte mcdaniel

    May 28, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    This doesn’t surprise me one bit. How shelter those children are. Just you wait until they face the real world. They have eighteen more children waiting in the wings.

  30. loraine

    May 28, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Yes, the statistics are against them as such a big family.

  31. Diane Miller

    May 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Statistically gays are only 2-3% of the population. They do not have enough children to claim that statistically one will be gay.

  32. Diane Miller

    May 29, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Every person has the right to decide if they want gay people in their home and exposed to their children.

  33. StevenG

    May 29, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    He knew at that point he was fired. Why not play it up to mock her?

  34. Felisitas

    May 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    For the gal that stated that this was why she shyest away from having faith in God please please don’t let this situation with one family prevent you from having faith I look at it is they are not Hokies than thou they aren’t perfect only let your knowledge about god guide you many prayers for you and for that family we are all inperfect

  35. gabby

    May 29, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    i agree, and also wonder if the “stern talking to” that the trooper gave him was made in front of his father, or if he just took him back and molested his as well.

  36. smith

    May 29, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    i grew up in a large christian family, where several children were molested and it tore everyone apart and was devastating to everyone. the fact that this is ‘front page news’ is going to ruin the children for the rest of their lives if they aren’t strong enough to ignore everyone. I’m no longer christian, but i will pray for these kids and the struggles they will undoubtedly face.

  37. pamela

    May 29, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    thats her business not ours

  38. Lee Ann

    May 29, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    They can try to paint this as this little teenager doing nasties just because he is iimmature. However, how many of us adults has ever slept through someone fondling us (hoping to start sex) while we are asleep (such as partner, etc). I have never slept through that, although I may have pretended for awhile =) But I am sure those girls that were fondled were pretending to be asleep because they feared being held responsible for what happened. Hoping he’d just hurry up.

  39. yahmule

    May 30, 2015 at 1:13 am

    She looks like Kirk Cameron in drag.

  40. Mark Fischer

    May 30, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Gibran was a Guiding Light on many aspects of life, but this piece was a revelation to me as a young parent. The Duggars are pitifully clueless..

  41. lmaris

    May 30, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    He DID answer as a normal human being. It is not his job or responsibility to educte this willfully ignorant woman.

  42. J.R.

    May 30, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    The result would have been the same.

  43. Bob

    June 2, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Jesus, Joseph and Mary!

  44. SadieD

    June 2, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    He’s a child molester and deserves to be in prison. If I found out someone touched my daughter at a sleepover, I’d make damn sure he stood before his Holy God and repented.

  45. Takoda Chamberlain

    June 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Try 29% bud, theres only 71% of straights, as an international wide survey, and likely more because some may not be out that were part of the survey

  46. Betty Miliano

    June 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Maybe in your home..but your children will know gay people…at school (if they go) and yes, even at ‘church’..You expect your children to have jobs or careers outside of your home…don’t you..? Since somewhere between 10 and 18% of the population is LBGTQ you are doing your children a disservice when you act like they don’t exist or that it’s ok to discriminate against them.(BTW, it isn’t ok).if you made that exact same statement about Black people or Asians, don’t you see how ridiculous (and racist) that would sound…??Well, it sounds just as ridiculous about gay people…it sounds like you said .’those people’..Get a grip…grow up and see that your little white bread world doesn’t really exist…Your children will be unprepared for the real world unless you educate them…start with educating yourself…

  47. Melinda Killie

    June 12, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Hanna, get the log out of your OWN hypocritical eye before speaking about the splinter in other folk’s eye.. NUFF SAID!

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