With Caitlyn Jenner, Iran, El Chapo, hairy butt zit Donald Trump and the cat with his head stuck in a cup (that’s CNN’s top story, right?) taking over the news, TLC quietly scratched out the “TLC Hearts The Duggars” that was etched into the tree outside of their offices and announced that they have washed their hands of 19 Kids and Counting. TLC probably announced it on the down-low, because they don’t want God to find out and strike them dead for turning their backs on a good Christian family!!! Cut to God filing his nails and rolling his eyes like “whatever” after reading TLC’s announcement.
Nearly two months after Josh Duggar admitted that he molested several girls when he was a teenager, TLC let it be known that they are dropping 19 Kids in the canceled bin right next to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. They will not show any more episodes of that mess, but they aren’t totally done with the Duggars. TLC redefined “damage control” by announcing that they will air a documentary about abuse that will feature Jill and Jessa Duggar:
After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air.
The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.
Over these past weeks, TLC has consulted regularly with leading victims’ rights and advocacy organizations in the U.S., including RAINN and Darkness to Light, to discuss how to use this moment to address the issue and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated issue; it affects many children and families around the world. To that end, we are partnering with both organizations on a multi-platform campaign to raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue. In the first phase of this initiative, TLC will work closely with both groups and with the Duggar family on a one-hour documentary that will include Jill and Jessa and other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse.
TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help. The documentary will be commercial free, and we anticipate it will air later this summer.
TLC hasn’t said anything about their rumored plans to give Jill and Jessa a spin-off show.
Now that TLC has room in their schedule, they can finally do what’s right and bring back Trading Spaces! But since this is TLC we’re talking about, they’re not going to do that and will probably replace 19 Kids with a tunnel remodeling show hosted by El Chapo.
The Duggars also released a statement where they name dropped God like they were accepting a trophy at a music awards show. Here’s a piece of it:
We appreciate the love, support, prayers and kindness extended to us by many of you. You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time.
God’s faithfulness and goodness to us, along with His abundant grace have given us strength and joy even in the most difficult days.
We have committed to Him that in all things—difficulties or success, good times or bad—we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family.
We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many.
We know Who holds the future and are confident that He will work all things together for good.
We love each of you and look forward to unfolding the future with peace and joy.
“We know Who holds the future and are confident that He will work all things together for good” is their way of saying “Our agent is trying to get us another show.”
So long, 19 Kids. Whenever I want to feel like my soul is getting nibbled on by the widened eyes of a crazy lady with hair that is not of this world, I’ll have to look elsewhere.
SPOILER ALERT: I’ll just watch Nancy Grace.