Insert eye roll. After TLC fired him for making transphobic remarks about Jazz Jennings, Derick Dillard — who is married to Jill Duggar — decided he might as well start begging fans for money (again). The Counting On alum, 28, launched a GoFundMe page over the weekend, asking for a total of $10,000.
“I am currently serving through a program at my home church, called the Cross Church School of Ministry! I am so excited about this incredible opportunity for further ministry development, and I would like to invite you to share in this excitement with me,” the anti-trans reality TV exile wrote. “I started a fundraiser on gofundme to raise the funding I need for various missions opportunities I will have throughout the year. I have a donations goal of $10,000. This will enable me to fulfill my specific calling to ministry this year, including trips for Gospel-advancement and humanitarian work in Northwest Arkansas, North America, and abroad.”
He also wrote some more stuff about spreading the “good news of Jesus Christ”…which we’re pretty sure he can do without $10,000, right? As of Monday afternoon, only five people had donated. However, thanks to one person’s generous gift of $2,694, he has reached $2,714 of his goal. Despite the hefty donation, Derick (who has repeatedly asked for fans’ donations via the Internet) was criticized for his latest fundraising campaign — especially after he inexplicably took aim at 17-year-old Jazz yet again.
“Wow truly low to be begging for money right when TLC fires you! Serves you right you bully,” one angry fan wrote on Twitter, while another fumed, “I think you’re a scam artist and the only reason you’re asking for money is because you got fired for making fun of a teenage girl!”
As previously reported, TLC gave Derick the pink slip on Saturday, Nov. 11, after he said he “[pities] Jazz,” referred to her using the wrong pronoun, and suggested that the I Am Jazz star’s parents were “taking advantage” of her to “promote their agenda.” Earlier this summer, Derick also slammed Jazz’s reality series, tweeting, “What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”
But enough was enough. And TLC finally let Derick know in a statement on Twitter. “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 network said. “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.”