At the exits. TLC confirmed on Tuesday, June 29, that the network will no longer work with the Duggar family in the wake of Josh duggarApril arrest.
“TLC will not produce additional seasons of Counting on“Said the chain in a statement to Us weekly. “TLC believes it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation in private.”
The 19 children and counting Alum, 33, was arrested in Arkansas on April 29 and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. He practically attended a hearing a day later, shortly before more details of the controversy were revealed.
“Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019,” the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas said in a press release on December 30. April.
At the time, the former reality star’s attorney pleaded not guilty on her behalf. Josh’s trial was originally scheduled for July 6, but on Tuesday, a judge granted his request to extend the trial date. The new date is set for November 30, with a pre-trial conference beginning November 18. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $ 250,000 in fines for each count.
TLC previously referred to the arrest of the political activist after his initial hearing. “TLC is saddened to learn of the continuing problems involving Josh Duggar,” the network said in a statement to U.S. “19 children and counting it has not aired since 2015. TLC canceled the show following previous allegations against Josh Duggar and has not appeared on the air since. “
Eldest son of Jim bob other Michelle Duggar he was held without bail at the time of his arrest, but during a hearing on May 5, he was able to request his release on bail. In documents obtained by U.S the day before the hearing, Josh’s attorneys stated that he was “neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community” if allowed to return home to his wife, Anna duggar, who announced her seventh pregnancy in April.
US Chief Judge Erin L. Wiedemann previously warned that, if released, Josh “would likely require an outside custodian that he could reside with” rather than return to his family home, where minors are present. U.S He later confirmed that the Arkansas native was approved to reside with Pastor Lacount Reber and his wife, Maria Reber, during their stay at the home after his release.
“We want to be able to help … with God’s help,” Maria told the court. “I see it because we are here to help the family… Josh and Anna, and we want to manage them as best we can. … My husband has made the decision and I am here to support that decision. “
This is not the first time Josh has been the subject of scandal. In 2015, TLC canceled 19 children and counting after several women accused Josh of sexually abusing them years before when he was a teenager. The controversy continued when Josh admitted to cheating on his wife, now 32, when his Ashley Madison profile was leaked in a hoax. At the time, Josh apologized in a statement and sought treatment at a religious rehab center.
Sun was the first to report the news of the cancellation.