One month after TLC fired Jill Duggar's husband from their family's reality TV series Counting On, Derick Dillard is finally addressing the issue. On Friday, Dec. 15, the controversial Duggar in-law took to his favorite social media platform, Twitter, to set the record straight about cutting ties with the network.
"Unbelievable what’s considered newsworthy these days, but then again, this is how I first heard that I was 'fired,'" he wrote, reposting a Fox News tweet from November. "For the record, I was never fired. I just felt it best for my family to cut ties months ago, as we are heading in a different direction."
Unbelievable what’s considered newsworthy these days, but then again, this is how I first heard that I was “fired”. For the record, I was never fired. I just felt it best for my family to cut ties months ago, as we are heading in a different direction. https://t.co/XUFD3i5arj— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) December 15, 2017
His latest message is slightly different than the one he shared one week after news of his firing broke. Back in November, he took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support after he was let go because of his transphobic comments about his fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.
"Thank you to all those who have supported us and given us so many words of encouragement recently. God bless you all!" the 28-year-old tweeted.
Thank you to all those who have supported us and given us so many words of encouragement recently. God bless you all!— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) November 18, 2017
TLC confirmed that fans won't be seeing Derick on the show anymore. Last week, the network released a statement on its official Twitter account, announcing that Derick will no longer be a part of the 19 Kids and Counting spin-off.
“We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future," the statement read. "We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.”
The network's statement comes just two days after Derick doubled down on transphobic comments that he made towards Jazz, a 17-year-old transgender activist who stars on her very own TLC reality TV series, I Am Jazz. Last month, Derick tweeted in response to the Las Vegas shooting and wrote, "America needs unity now more than ever."
But a fan responded to his tweet and pointed out his hypocrisy in calling for unity but coming off as hateful in the comments he made about Jazz back in August. “What an oxymoron... a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality,” he tweeted at the time. “‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God.”
I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child. It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on tv these days.— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) November 9, 2017
Derick doubled down on his transphobic views, and he even misgendered Jazz in his response. Derick expressed "pity" for Jazz and said she was being taken advantage of by her parents and the network in order to "promote their agenda."
In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love💖— Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) November 11, 2017
After Derick's comments stirred up controversy, Jazz took to Twitter to address them in a statement. "In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love," she wrote.