According to The New York Post, “The Duggars are done.”
The network that hosted the show “19 Kids and Counting” and the follow-up show “Counting On,” has told the Post that the Duggar family show has been dropped in the wake of Josh Duggar‘s arrest on child porn charges.
“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of ‘Counting On,’ ” the network said in a statement to The Post. “TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”
Duggar, 33, who is the oldest among Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children, was arrested in April and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography at his home in Arkansas. He pled not guilty and was released on bail. According to Homeland Security Special Agent Gerald Faulkner, the content found on Duggar’s computer was some of “the worst of the worst” that he has ever seen.
Duggar’s trial was set for July 6, but was pushed back to November 30, 2021.
TLC’s move comes after mounting pressure from fans to cancel the show culminated in petition calling for an end to all Duggar-related programming at the network. As of this writing, the petition has garnered over 28,000 signatures. Josh has not appeared on any TLC programming since 2015 after he admitted to cheating on his wife Anne, who is currently pregnant with their seventh child.
“The Duggar family should no longer have a platform,” the petition reads. “This family should no longer be allowed to collect money from streaming services and television series. Enough is enough. Too many people have been harmed.”
Correction: a previous version of this article stated that Josh and Anne Duggar have two children. They currently have six.