TLC Officially Cancels '19 Kids and Counting' Over Scandal

It's been almost two months since the Duggar molestation scandal broke, and though they started pulling 19 Kids and Counting reruns the weekend after the police report dropped, TLC still hadn't made any decisions about the show's future  ... UNTIL NOW. TLC told AP that it was over: they've officially canceled 19 Kids and Counting

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TLC said that they've spent that past month and a half weighing their options, but they ultimately decided against renewing the show for its 11th season. Even though it's by far the network's most-watched series (it averages 3.2 million viewers), keeping the show would be supporting the Duggars and, in a sense, condoning Josh's actions. 

At the end of May, InTouch released police reports that said the oldest Duggar child, 27-year-old Josh, had fondled four of his sisters and a babysitter back when he was 14. 

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The family dealt with the matter privately, and he was never charged for the molestations. But now that the records are open to the public, he lost his job and now his family's empire.

To top it off, TLC decided to partner with two child-protection organizations (Darkness to Light and RAINN) in a move to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. And part of this campaign will be a one-hour documentary, probably airing in August, that will feature Jill and Jessa Duggar, two of Josh's victims. So it looks like the Duggars won't be off TLC for good?

There are also still rumors about a spin-off show just about Jill and Jessa, but TLC still hasn't confirmed this. But either way, this doesn't mean we're done with the Duggars -- the family is still very active on social media, and there are so many of them, there's no way they could disappear for good.

Last year, TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo just hours after after another molestation scandal surfaced with some of the stars on that show. Though it took considerably longer for them to land on this decision, it seems like it's right for the brand.

 

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