The Duggars endured a nationwide scandal in 2015, but Michelle Duggar looks to be having a rough 2017 too. The reality show matriarch is perpetually in the news, and it’s usually not for anything good.
In October, for example, fans criticized her and husband Jim Bob for posting a photo of their infant grandchildren being “trained” to mop the floors. Michelle also made headlines that same month when Facebook commenters thought she looked ill in recent photos.
Then in November, one of her blog posts fueled rumors of a Duggar family feud. And just this month, Michelle got mom-shamed over a throwback photo of daughter Jinger. Even her recent 51st birthday celebration backfired, featuring awkward PDA between her and Jim Bob.
Still, all things considered, Michelle and Jim Bob’s life could be worse. They’re spending the holidays with their 20 kids, some of whom are featured on the 19 Kids and Counting spin-off Counting On. The 20th kid, by the way, isn’t even their own! His name is Tyler, and he’s a great-nephew. The pair officially adopted him in 2016.
And yes, 2017 is a far cry from 2015. In May of that year, TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting after In Touch revealed that Josh Duggar, their eldest child, had molested five girls, four of whom were his sisters. In fact, the network not only stopped production on the show, but took reruns off the air too.
Still, Michelle and Jim Bob appear on Counting On all the time… though we still haven’t figured out what Michelle does when she’s not on TV (apart from raise those 10+ kids who still live at home, of course). Can we get a behind-the-scenes Michelle-centric spin-off?