Their Prayers Answered: TLC Bringing Back '19 Kids and Counting'
According to the Christian Post, TLC is bringing back its highly popular TV show "19 Kids and Counting." The program was canceled last year after star Josh Duggar confessed to molesting his sisters and was implicated in several other sex scandals.
The show about a conservative Christian family was rocked with scandal when it was revealed that Duggar had molested his sisters multiple times as a teenager. Shortly after, Duggar was accused by two prostitutes of forcing them to have rough sex described as "almost rape," and was revealed to have had accounts on AshleyMadison.com, a website for married men who wanted to cheat on their wives, as well as the dating app OKCupid.
Duggar, who was employed as the executive director of the vehemently anti-LGBT organization Family Research Council's lobbying arm, resigned his position after the revelations he had molested five minor girls. His mother, Michelle Duggar, has been active in several anti-LGBT ballot measures.
“Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years,” FRC president Tony Perkins said at the time. “Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time. We will be praying for everyone involved.”
TLC downplayed concerns that they would be using the family for their own financial gain. Last year the media company aired "Jill & Jessa: Counting On," a show featuring Duggar's sisters coping with the scandal's aftermath.
"Every decision we've made has been done very thoughtfully and very carefully about what is in the best interests of the people involved and the network," executive vice president Nancy Daniels said. "Our first priority is making sure that there's a health and well-being of our families first and foremost. We feature stories of different families with real people and real things happen."