Fans of 19 Kids And Counting were upset to learn that the TLC show had been cancelled in the wake of the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, but happy that Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald were getting their own special. One person who was not glad to hear this news? Jim Bob Duggar!
According to People, the girls’ dad and family patriarch is “not fond of” TLC’s plan to feature the sisters in a special documentary to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. And despite his claims that he and the family would “go on and live life” without cameras, he wanted desperately to remain the star.
“He absolutely wanted to be back on TV and was never thrilled about the show suddenly shifting focus,” the source told People.
The report said that Jim Bob and the network spent two months in “near-constant” and “intense” discussions about future of the show, but he wanted the entire family and their Christian values to remain center stage.
“The Duggars want to return to TV because they truly believe it was part of God’s plan for them to spread the word about their faith,” the source said. “They are heartbroken that they’ve now lost that platform.”
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Jim Bob is now calling his show’s cancellation “a liberal media conspiracy to bring his family down” and believes “the network should have shown more support” for the family after the scandal came to light.
Josh Duggar admitted to molesting five young girls, two of which were Jessa and Jill, in 2002 and 2003. Jim Bob, Michelle and the girls went on Fox News to defend Josh and say they’ve moved on, but their efforts were not successful in the end.
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“I think Jim Bob and Michelle honestly did expect people to just move on from this,” the source said. “Their thinking is, they put this behind them ages ago, so why wouldn’t the rest of the world?”