“It’s hard to believe that more than 17 years have passed since a production company first contacted us to make an hour-long documentary on the logistics of raising 14 children,” they wrote in a statement. on your website on Saturday July 3. “Our family has grown (and grown!) In front of our eyes and on national television, and the journey has been miraculous: following God is an exciting adventure!”
Jim Bob, 55, and Michelle, 54, added that their reality series has given them their “most precious moments,” meeting “children from all over the country who are alive today thanks to our testimony that children they are a blessing. “
The couple said it was a “great honor” to “share our lives, our faith and our history with you, including some of the most difficult and painful times our family has ever faced.”
Duggar’s parents explained: “We are filled with deep gratitude for the love shown to us and the prayers of so many who have sustained us both now and throughout the years. We look forward to all the new adventures and endeavors that may come our way, and with so many grown children and wonderful grandchildren, we know our love will only continue to multiply! “
They continued to thank their film crew and promised that fans will continue to hear from them. “We look forward to finding out what’s next for our family and sharing more with you along the way!”
TLC confirmed the cancellation on Tuesday, June 29, revealing that they cut ties with the family after Josh duggarApril arrest.
“TLC will not produce additional seasons of Counting on“They said 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 family has worked with TLC since 19 children and counting it debuted in 2008. After 10 seasons, the show was canceled in 2015 when Josh, now 32, was charged with sexual abuse. Then he admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna duggar, and entered treatment.
Shortly after the show ended, TLC released the spin-off, previously Jill and Jessa: counting, to follow the rest of the family following the case.
In April, Duggar was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, “some of which represents 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. April 30.
At that time, he pleaded not guilty on his behalf; The reality star is scheduled for a court hearing on November 30, with a pre-trial conference beginning on November 18. He faces up to 20 years in prison and $ 250,000 in fines for each count if convicted.
“TLC is saddened to learn of the continuing problems involving Josh Duggar,” the network said in a statement to U.S at the time of the initial hearing. “19 Kids and Counting has not aired since 2015. TLC canceled the show immediately following previous allegations against Josh Duggar and has not appeared on the air since.”
“We are grateful that TLC has provided us with the opportunity to be in their network over the years and their kindness towards the Vuolo family,” the couple wrote via Instagram. “It has been an extraordinary journey that has opened the doors to travel and experience the world in a way that we could not have imagined possible.”