Round two. Earlier this week, former Counting On star Jill Dillard (née Duggar)’s husband, Derick Dillard, started spilling the tea about his relationship with his in-laws via his Instagram comments with fans. Now, during a mini Instagram comment Q&A session, the 30-year-old is continuing to get extremely candid about the famous reality TV fam by explaining why he thinks most of the rest of the adult Duggar kids and their spouses continue to film the show — and which Duggar has control over the contracts. Scroll through the gallery below for Derick’s full responses.
One fan asked, “None of the 19 kids or spouses are getting paid?? That’s what Jim Bob [Duggar] and Michelle [Duggar] have been telling all of you? So, they have been keeping all of the money? Even no when the show isn’t about them anymore?”
“Yes, all of the shows have been under his contract, and he is the only one with a contract,” Derick replied.
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Another fan asked, “Why would anyone do it if they aren’t getting compensated? With the kids having families, wouldn’t it help with the expenses of life?”
“We were pressured to think that we were required to and that we would get sued if we didn’t,” Derick claimed. “It’s not going to look good for TLC when it’s exposed that they pressured an abuse victim to continue filming when we tried to quit, just so they could continue withJill and Jessa: Counting On after 19 [Kids and Counting.]“
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One follower seemed skeptical of Derick’s previous comments. “I am sorry but if you are going to law school, you can’t want people to think you [are] that clueless. No one volunteers to be on a show. Of course there was a contract and pay. If you let yourself be fooled says more about you. You weren’t on their show. The show was called Jill and Jessa: Counting On. Clue right there.”
“The show title has nothing to do with whose show it is or who owns/controls the contract. And I wasn’t in law school at that time,” Derick simply responded.
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One fan believed everything Derick had been saying in the comments and showed their support. “I hope you guys expose the truth. That’s abuse to not let you guys quit unless you wanted to be sued. You guys should stay away from the family and filming. I don’t know how Jinger [Vuolo (née Duggar)] and her husband stay on the show. They seem pretty smart as well to let this happen. I’m sure you guys are good without the drama in that family. You have a cute little family of your own. Just keep being you guys and the truth of [TLC] would come out.”
Derick replied and explained why he thinks Jinger and the rest of Jill’s siblings and spouses continue to film Counting On. “If it’s the same way it was for us, the others may be pressured into submission with threats of lawsuits, too deep into it/dependent or something else like that to speak up.”
TLC, Figure 8 Films and the Duggar family did not respond to In Touch‘s request for comment.