11:33 AM EDT 05/28/2015
Originally posted 05/24/2015 02:35PM
After Josh Duggar admitted to "past wrongdoing" with five underage girls as a teenager, the 19 Kids and Counting family has been facing harsh backlash, and many famous people were quick to either condemn or sympathize with the Duggars.
Originally posted 05/24/2015 06:05PM
When allegations that 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar molested five young girls resurfaced this week, fans of the TLC reality show were shocked. To the millions of viewers who've tuned in each week, the Duggars personified family values, from their strict rules about modesty to their dedication to religion.
The illusion was shattered Thursday, when Josh, 27, admitted he "acted inexcusably" as a teenager. But rumors of the former Christian lobbyist's past are nothing new: They first surfaced online eight years ago. As Gawker's Defamer points out, a commenter called "Alice" recounted the allegations on a blog, ibiblio.org, in May 2007. Other sites such as FreeJinger.org have long cited Alice's comments.
Originally posted 05/24/2015 05:20PM
When Jim Bob Duggar became aware that his eldest son was allegedly molesting underage girls, the family decided to handle the incident privately instead of immediately reporting the accusations to police.
Originally posted 05/24/2015 03:25PM
Josh and Anna Duggar’s official website has been taken down.
Originally posted 05/22/2015 09:20PM
Of the 2,460 people who live in Tontitown, Arkansas, none have made quite as many headlines as the 19-plus – and counting – in the Duggar family.
Since Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar invited cameras into their lives in 2008, viewers have seen the TLC stars through courtships, new additions and no shortage of controversy. Most recently, eldest son Josh Duggar spoke out in response to reports that he was once accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen.
"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret," Josh, who resigned from his position at the Family Research Council as a result of the accusations becoming public, told PEOPLE in a statement. TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule amid the reports.
Originally posted 05/22/2015 03:10PM
TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule amid reports that Josh Duggar was once accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen.
The network released a statement on Friday: "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time."
Originally posted 05/22/2015 12:25PM
After Josh Duggar addressed accusations that he molested five underage girls as a teen, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has spoken out in support of his longtime friends the Duggars.
Originally posted 05/21/2015 07:40PM
Following reports that surfaced alleging Josh Duggar was accused of child molestation as a teen, he resigned his position at the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C.
Originally posted 05/21/2015 05:55PM
In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Josh Duggar, his wife Anna, and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle are speaking out in response to reports that Josh was once accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen.
Originally posted 05/19/2015 10:05PM
It's been an eventful season of 19 Kids and Counting, which primarily followed Jessa's marriage to Ben Seewald and Jill and Derick Dillard's journey to parenthood.
However, there was one moment which stood in stark contrast to the rest of the season – when Josie, 5, began seizing out of nowhere under 25-year-old Jana's watch.
As Duggar patriarch Jim Bob revealed during Tuesday's finale of 19 Kids, though, it's expected that Josie will one day outgrow her seizures. "All of Josie's seizures have happened around a fever – normally an ear infection," he said during the aftershow special. "Typically, children will outgrow these by the time they're 10.
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