Derick Dillard claims he wasn't fired from Counting On.
After the network announced a reality show focused on transgender teen Jazz Jennings, I Am Jazz, Derick Dillard decided to give the loyal public his unsolicited opinion. "What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God."
That's… an argument in itself, but let's focus on half a second later when TLC announced that they had fired him and weren't going to touch him with a 10-foot pole. "We want to let 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," TLC's statement 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."
Right, so Derick is fired. No question there. The reports flooded in.
Finally, Derick retweets a Fox News article and starts contesting this. "Unbelievable what’s considered newsworthy these days, but then again, this is how I first heard that I was 'fired.'" he wrote. "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." K.
Derick posted this tweet a month after the announcement. TLC posted that they severed ties with him pretty much immediately after those tweets were released. Point blank, being narrow-minded is in itself a huge problem, but slamming a teenager and technically a co-worker at the same time is a surefire way to get yourself canned. Oh well. Maybe he can start another GoFundMe or something.