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Behind the Duggars' Cancellation: Inside the Sudden Move That Ended a Jill & Jessa Spin-Off

UpdatePosted 07/26/2015 11:55AM

Behind the Duggars' Cancellation: Inside the Sudden Move That Ended a Jill & Jessa Spin-Off

Originally posted 07/22/2015 11:00AM

After TLC pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting from the air, following reports that Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls when he was 14 (he subsequently apologized and said he had "acted inexcusably"), there was talk that the show would shift from the entire family and focus on daughters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald.

It's no surprise a spin-off centered on the older Duggar daughters – whose marriages and pregnancies had become a popular part of the show – was being considered during the "near-constant" and "intense" conversations about the show's future, as a source who has worked closely with the family tells PEOPLE in this week's issue, but the source says not everyone was on board.

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The Duggars Are 'Heartbroken' After Show Cancellation, 'Want to Return to TV'

UpdatePosted 07/25/2015 12:00PM

The Duggars Are 'Heartbroken' After Show Cancellation, 'Want to Return to TV'

Originally posted 07/22/2015 07:00AM

When news broke that the Duggars' hit TLC show 19 Kids and Counting had been officially canceled, no one was more disappointed than the family, a source who has worked closely with them tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.

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Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Posts 25-Week Baby Bump Photo: 'Counting Down the Days'

Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Posts 25-Week Baby Bump Photo: 'Counting Down the Days'

Originally posted 07/24/2015 11:10AM

Check out that belly!

Jessa (Duggar) Seewald took to Instagram on Thursday to post a picture of her growing bump as the end of her second trimester approaches.

"#BabySeewald at 25 weeks 4 days!" wrote the mom-to-be as the caption to the mirror selfie, in which she rests her hand on her belly. "Just a little over 14 weeks to go! Counting down the days with @ben_seewald!"

#BabySeewald at 25 weeks 4 days! Just a little over 14 weeks to go! Counting down the days with @ben_seewald!

A photo posted by Jessa Seewald (@jessaseewald) on



Seewald, 22, and husband Ben, 20, have not yet revealed the baby's gender. The baby is due Nov. 1 – which also happens to be the couple's first wedding anniversary.

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Duggar Sisters Jill and Jessa Will Appear in TLC Documentary on Child Sex Abuse

Duggar Sisters Jill and Jessa Will Appear in TLC Documentary on Child Sex Abuse

Originally posted 07/20/2015 05:45PM

When TLC announced last week that it has officially axed 19 Kids and Counting, the network said it is putting together a documentary about child sex abuse.

The Duggars also mentioned the special in their statement on the cancellation, writing that they "look forward to working with TLC" and "hope that it is an encouragement to many."

Now, a source at TLC tells PEOPLE that Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard will indeed appear in the documentary, which is in the early stages of production. Both women have come forward as molestation victims of brother Josh Duggar when he was a teenager.

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19 Kids and Counting Canceled by TLC in Wake of Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal | The Duggars

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19 Kids and Counting Canceled by TLC in Wake of Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal

Originally posted 07/16/2015 10:15AM

After nine seasons, 227 episodes and a number of one-off specials, TLC has officially canceled 19 Kids and Counting after star Josh Duggar's molestation scandal surfaced this spring.

The reality show "will no longer appear on the air," the network told the Associated Press in a statement Thursday.

TLC pulled the plug on 19 Kids following public pressure that erupted when a resurfaced police report from 2006 revealed that Josh had been investigated for child molestation of six people when he was a teen.

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2 Bumps and Counting: Pregnant Anna Duggar and Jessa Seewald Compare Baby Bellies

2 Bumps and Counting: Pregnant Anna Duggar and Jessa Seewald Compare Baby Bellies

Originally posted 07/13/2015 10:10AM

Anna is expecting her fourth child with Josh Duggar

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Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Posts 22-Week Bump Pic: 'Baby Seewald Weighs Just Over a Pound'

Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Posts 22-Week Bump Pic: 'Baby Seewald Weighs Just Over a Pound'

Originally posted 07/02/2015 01:10AM

As mom-to-be Jessa (Duggar) Seewald nears the end of her second trimester, she posted a photo to Twitter showing her growing bump.

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Josh Duggar Makes Father's Day Tribute to Jim Bob for Helping Him 'Through the Hard Times' Since Molestation Scandal

Originally posted 06/22/2015 02:25PM

[YOUTUBE "rI5vJis06Wg"] Josh Duggar is thanking his dad publicly for the first time since news of the Duggar family's molestation scandal broke in May.

In a video made for Father's Day and posted with other family tributes to the Duggar patriarch Jim Bob on the family's website, the 19 Kids and Counting star thanks his dad, 49, for helping him "through the hard times."

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Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Make First Public Appearance Since Scandal: 'We're Not a Perfect Family'

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Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Make First Public Appearance Since Scandal: 'We're Not a Perfect Family'

Originally posted 06/21/2015 10:40AM

In their first public appearance since news of the Duggar family's molestation scandal broke exactly one month ago, Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald, appeared at the ALIVE Christian Music Festival Saturday to talk faith, marriage and children.

While the sisters never directly addressed the scandal, Jill did say that one of the messages of their hit show, 19 Kids and Counting, is that their family has struggles.

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Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Take Family Trip to Ohio for First Public Appearance Since Scandal

Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Take Family Trip to Ohio for First Public Appearance Since Scandal

Originally posted 06/19/2015 12:15PM

This will mark a big weekend for Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald.

The two sisters were joined by their husbands (and little Israel Dillard) to travel to Mineral City, Ohio, on Friday for the ALIVE Christian music festival. Jill, 24, and Jessa, 22, are set to speak on the main stage on Saturday, according to organizers. The 19 Kids and Counting stars were originally slated to appear alongside their eldest brother Josh Duggar and his wife Anna, but it is unclear if he will still be attending the festival in the wake of his molestation scandal.

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