Trying to cover your tracks, TLC? Fans of 19 Kids and Counting are accusing the network of cutting out clips of Josh Duggar from the old specials. In 2015, Josh was accused of sexually molesting five younger women including sisters, Jessa and Jill Duggar. Now, The Inquistr is reporting that avid fans are noticing that TLC might have been editing out parts of the show.
“In one Duggar group, the original special was posted so fans could discuss the difference between then and now,” the website notes. “However, it was noted that originally, Josh stated that he took care of his siblings at night time, which appears to have been omitted so as not to continue to cast a bad light on the Duggar family.”
After the news broke that Josh had been abusing girls, advertisers immediately pulled out of the show. Shortly after, TLC was forced to cancel 19 Kids and Counting and later pitched Counting On to focus on the older sisters’ families. His presence was cut from all TLC programming and he was rarely spotted on his family’s social media.
“He said he was just curious about girls and he had gone in and just basically touched them over their clothes while they were sleeping; they didn’t even know he had done it,” Jim Bob Duggar explained during a Fox News interview with anchor Megyn Kelly. “This was like touching somebody over their clothes. There were a couple instances where he touched them under their clothes. This was not rape or anything like that.”
“I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life,” Josh said of his actions. “I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions.” Since the scandal, he as increasingly appeared more and more on his family’s social media accounts. Maybe they are happy to have ties to him… but TLC is clearly not.