He’s not holding back. Derick Dillard spoke candidly about a “painful burning of bridges” while venting his frustrations about the hit reality show Counting On. Shortly after saying TLC should give the kids their “own show,” he’s sharing more explosive details about what allegedly went on behind-the-scenes.
“So do you mean to say that none of the Duggar children ever got paid for being on the show? Or are you saying that you believed they weren’t paid enough for their efforts,” one fan wrote in the comment section of his latest Instagram post. “You would have the right to be upset either way.”
The father of two, 30, said his brood began as volunteers on the show, but things ended up changing down the line.
“It eventually became apparent that it wasn’t even volunteerism, because typically volunteerism assumes that you can leave without serious risks, such as legal/financial threats, in addition to the extreme emotional pressure from within and without your family, which unfortunately end with painful burning of bridges just so that you can protect your family,” he replied.
This shocking development comes after Derick claimed that his family was left in the dark about getting paid for their TV appearances.
“It was presented to us as something that was done as a ministry that TLC periodically subsidized in the form of reimbursements for things like gas, restaurants, travel, etc … but not any actual pay on top of that,” he previously wrote. The law student also claimed that all of the shows, including the spinoffs, have been under Jim Bob’s contract.
Derick has continued to surprise fans with his claims, having recently explained why viewers haven’t seen him or his wife, Jill Dillard (née Duggar), on recent episodes, including the heart-wrenching one about grandmother Mary Duggar’s death.
“Not our fault,” he wrote. “TLC cut out any family that they don’t want viewers to see in attendance. It wasn’t in the script for us or the Kings to be there,” he added, referring to Amy King (née Duggar) and her husband, Dillon King.
After seeing his comments about the show, Amy showed support via Twitter. She wrote, “You really are shedding some light on some very dark gray areas! Keep it up!”
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