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Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Are 'Focused on Their Faith and Each Other' and Not Their TV Show: Source
Originally posted 05/27/2015 08:00AM
The famously conservative Duggars seemed to be models of wholesome family life, but son Josh was hiding a dark past: He allegedly molested five young girls as a teen. Subscribe now for an inside look at the Duggars' dark family secrets, only in PEOPLE.
The future of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting is on shaky ground following the revelation that a felony investigation was opened in 2006 after Josh Duggar was accused by his victims of molesting five underage girls.
In statements to PEOPLE, the Duggar family indirectly addressed the closed investigation by referring to the multiple incidents listed in the report unearthed by InTouch Weekly as "teenage mistakes."
Michelle and Jim Bob are "devastated" over the leak, a source close to the family tells PEOPLE. "They know that they did the best they could, but it doesn't mean they're not filled with regret."
Originally posted 05/26/2015 06:20PM
Just days after news broke that 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was allegedly involved in a shocking molestation scandal, TLC pulled the hit reality series from its schedule. Though no permanent decision has been made yet on the fate of the show, the Duggars stand to lose a lot when it comes to the family's profitable brand.
A source close to the series confirms they could lose an estimated $25,000 to $45,000 per episode, but that amount doesn't include any of other sources of income related to their 19 Kids and Counting fame. There were 22 episodes in season 9 of the show, which wrapped up May 19 and there have been 227 episodes total.
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 05/22/2015 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 05/21/2015 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.
Originally posted 05/12/2015 09:00PM
Each episode of 19 Kids and Counting is chaotic in one way or another, but it's easy to forget that it's not just Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar wrangling a household currently filled with 17 children, but a full television production crew as well.
On a special 19 Kids, we met coordinating producer Courtney Enlow, director Scott Enlow, sound man Jim Goodwin and cameraman John Rotan, all of whom who have been with the family for several years – the Enlows, in particular, have been with the Duggars ever since their very first TLC special, 14 Kids and Pregnant Again.
Here are 12 things you probably didn't know about what it's like to work on the set of one of TLC's biggest shows, which aired its 225th episode (really!) on Tuesday.
Originally posted 05/10/2015 09:00AM
Jill (Duggar) Dillard – who went through a 70 hour labor and cesarean section to welcome son Israel David Dillard on April 6 – has a busy first Mother's Day ahead.
Originally posted 05/08/2015 05:00PM
When Mother's Day comes to the Duggar house, the celebration is, well, Duggar-sized.
"Oh boy, do we ever celebrate," Michelle Duggar, 48, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "We definitely do. Jim Bob and the kids come up with all kinds of ideas."
For the matriarch of the famously expansive clan, which stars in TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, Mother's Day usually includes over a dozen handmade cards, no cooking for mom (she might get one of her favorite meals – chicken and dumplings) and all "being together as a family," she says. Husband Jim Bob, 49, helps the kids with all the preparations, she says.
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