New '19 Kids & Counting' Spin-Off Could Fix Everything for the Duggars


We've been hearing rumors of spin-offs for 19 Kids and Counting for awhile, but now that TLC has at least temporarily yanked the show off the air after Josh Duggar's molestation scandal broke, now might be the perfect time. And who better to focus the show on than Duggar sisters Jill and Jessa?


19 Kids and Counting has not been officially cancelled as of yet, but the network stopped airing the showing after the public outrage over Josh Duggar's past indiscretions came to light.

Back in 2002 and 2003, when Josh was a young teenager, he confessed to touching the breasts and private areas of five young girls, four of whom identified Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar as their parents. It's caused quite a conundrum for the conservative Christian family and their loyal fans, as it's hard to excuse incest as regular teenage shenanigans.

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The rumor is that instead of keeping 19 Kids on the air, TLC may decide to do a spin-off focusing solely on newlyweds Jill and Jessa, and their husbands Derick Dillard and Ben Seewald.

A source told PEOPLE magazine, "The show had begun to focus more and more on the next generation of Duggars, anyway -- mainly Jill and Jessa and their marriages and babies ... That's when the show got its highest ratings."

The two-hour special documenting Jill Dillard's 70-hour labor and eventual c-section with baby Israel David pulled in over 3.6 million viewers alone. Jessa Seewald is expecting her own little bundle on November 1, hers and Ben's first wedding anniversary, so obviously there's enough going on to keep viewers interested.

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As an added bonus, I'd like to think that Jill and Jessa deserve their own show, when it's more likely than not they were both victims of Josh's molestation. There were five girls in the Duggar home in 2002 -- Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna -- and four of the alleged victims were his sisters. If that's the case, then at least Jill or Jessa was a victim.

And why should they have to suffer with their show being cancelled because of their brother's bad behavior? I'm just saying I'd watch it, if for no other reason to support these girls who had some of their innocence cut short.

Would you watch a Duggar spin-off about Jill and Jessa?


Image via Jill Dillard/Instagram

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