The Duggars are BACK!
Just about two months after TLC cancelled their popular reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” the network announced the return of some of the Duggars to T.V.
TLC announced on Thursday that they would be broadcasting two or more specials focusing on Duggar sisters Jill Dillard, 24, and Jessa Seewald, 22. The show is set to follow the sisters and their husbands. Jill, her husband, Derick, and their newborn baby are preparing to move to El Salvador for missionary work, while Jessa and her husband, Ben, are expecting their first child on Nov. 1.
“What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child and we’ll be watching Jill preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family, which we know is something our audience will be interested in,” Nancy Daniels, TLC Executive Vice President and General Manager told The Associated Press.
Daniels explains that the project was something that the Duggar sisters were on board with and wanted to do. Though the Duggar family has recently been in the headlines for Josh Duggar’s molestation and cheating scandals, the Duggar family still wants to share their stories.
Josh Duggar, the oldest child of the Duggar family, confessed this past May that, as a teenager, he molested four of his younger sisters, including Jill and Jessa. He later sent out a public apology after the Ashley Madison leak, apologizing for having affairs through the website and for also having a pornography addiction.
“We know that our audience is really excited about what’s been going on with Jill and Jessa as they move into young adulthood,” said TLC executive vice president and General Manager Nancy Daniels. “And now they’re both at the precipice of big changes. With what was happening in their lives in the next few months, it felt like now is the time [for the specials], and we got going pretty quickly.”
The specials are timed to appear on-air after a TLC documentary that will raise awareness of child sexual abuse nationwide. The film, called, “Breaking the Silence,” featured both Duggar sisters, who appeared sharing their own personal stories.
“They thought it was an important issue, and they showed an incredible amount of courage in sharing their story,” Daniels said to The Associated Press. “We were struck by that courage, and by how they are moving forward. Our audience continues to be engaged with what’s going on in their lives. There’s no doubt it’s been a tough few months on the family, and we’ve obviously been in close contact with them as they’ve been going through it.”
The programs will not feature Josh Duggar, and a TLC production source, according to The Associated Press, Josh Duggar will no longer appear on the network.