John-David Duggar Opens Up About Brother Josh's Scandal (VIDEO)

The Duggar kids are coming back to our small screens, thanks to TLC's new spin-off show Jill and Jessa: Counting On, and Good Morning America got a chance to catch up with some of the Duggar siblings on how life has been since Josh's scandals rocked their world.

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Last summer, the network canceled 19 Kids and Counting after a 2006 police report exposed that Josh had molested five underage girls as a teen, including four of his own sisters. Just a few weeks after that fiasco, Josh was caught in the Ashley Madison hack, and confessed to being unfaithful to his wife Anna and being addicted to porn.

He spent the last six months in an intensive rehab center and is now back home with the family in Arkansas, although he will not be appearing on the show.

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Paula Faris talked with some of Josh's siblings about what they've been through as a family, and how they coped with everything that's happened in the past year. John-David Duggar (he and twin Jana are the next oldest after Josh) said that "the devil took his best shot," but wasn't able to tear them apart.

He continued, "God has really used this to -- instead of tearing us apart as a family, he's using it to draw us together ... We've forgiven, and we're moving on, and we're looking to the future."

 

John-David's sister Jessa Seewald also spoke about the scandal and why they chose to return to TV. When Faris asked how fans could be assured that their return to TV isn't about the money or fame, Jessa replied, "I think in the midst of what we were walking through, there definitely have to be periods where you're like, 'I don't want cameras around.'"

After taking several months to heal, Jessa said that she and her sibs felt like they were ready to share their lives again. "If we can encourage even one other person out there who's struggling, then that needs to be our goal ... we've had a lot of healing in our family these past few months and we're ready to move forward and share our lives."

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John-David agreed. "We're moving on with our lives, and we're really looking forward to the future," he added. "And so we wanted to kind of share that with our fans, the folks that have followed us for years."

Jill and Jessa: Counting On premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.

 

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