On this week’s brand new episode of Counting On, fans watched as Joy-Anna Duggar happily bopped from house to house and told her family she was expecting baby No. 1 with Austin Forsyth. Unfortunately, Jill Duggar missed the memo. She and Jana were the only two who received a text about the news, leaving many to wonder — where is Jill?
Oddly enough, she doesn’t live that far away. In fact, although she and her disgraced husband, Derick Dillard, reportedly downsized, they’re still living in Arkansas as far as we know. And even if they did happen to live states away, Joy and Austin could’ve at least taken the time to video chat with them — like they did with Jinger and Jeremy. That being said, our guess is that Joy was forced to text her big sis since Jill and Derick were fired from the show last year and are no longer allowed to appear on the show.
Still, some people wondered if the sisters were feuding. After all, Ben Seewald and the Bates family recently unfollowed Derick on social media following his transphobic rant. An eagle-eyed fan wrote, “The shunning begins… the Bates family have unfollowed Jill and Derick. Individual accounts unfollowing just Derick, meanwhile Ben unfollowed him, who’s next?” To which someone replied, “I predict that someone at Cross Church is going to have a ‘counseling session’ with Derick and then his account will abruptly disappear. For as much as they probably agree with what he’s saying, at some point, they don’t want to be responsible for negative attention that this will invariably draw.” Another agreed, “What he is doing is incredibly tacky. Twitter is not the place for personal, family or business grievances.”
Luckily, Joy’s texting at least answered one question that’s been bugging us recently: The Duggars can have cell phones! Just don’t expect them to be watching TV any time soon. Or wearing a bathing suit. Or hanging out with unwed mothers. Or basically having any fun.
The season finale of Counting On airs Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. EST on TLC.
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