Hulu has dropped 19 Kids and Counting and announced that the show will no longer be aired on their site while TLC appears to be leaning towards cancelation.
Hulu, which was bombarded with viewer complaints after the show was still streaming on Wednesday responded in a statement, “The show page has already been removed, and is no longer hosted on Hulu.”
There has also been a speculation that TLC will cancel 19 Kids and replace it with a show featuring the Duggar daughters, or some other Duggar related programming that does not feature self-admitted molester Josh Duggar. However, none of these TLC backup plans may be viable as the Arkansas state trooper who is currently in prison for child pornography is claiming that Jim Bob Duggar lied to him. Joseph Hutchens told InTouch Weekly, “Josh had inappropriately touched [redacted] during the time she was asleep. He said he touched her through her clothing and he said it only happened one time. I did what I thought was right and obviously it wasn’t. If I had to do it over again, I would have told him immediately I am going to call the hotline and contacted the trooper that worked those cases and have a full report made. I thought I could handle it myself.”
If this is the case, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are directly implicated in covering up their son’s molestation of their own daughters. There is absolutely no way that TLC can ever show any programming relating to the Duggars. The family’s fame should be over. Seventeen advertisers have dropped the show. Many of them are refusing to buy ads on any show featuring the Duggars.
TLC has been gambling that they could wait out the scandal. The network if obviously placing money ahead of doing what is right. The scandal is not going away, and with each passing day, TLC is looking worse. The network still hasn’t gotten the message that the Duggars must be dropped.
If you have not done so, please sign our petition telling TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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