josh duggar child molesting tlc
Executive Vice President, Nancy Daniels, discussed the subject during a Television Critics Association panel Thursday, explaining that the network had only
their ratings the family’s best interests at heart throughout the whole ordeal.
Here’s what she said:
We have had our challenges. As soon as we found out about [Josh Duggar], we did work with the family.
These are people who had something happening in their lives a long time ago. We took the show off the air and immediately connected with two well-respected agencies to figure out the appropriate response. And one of those responses was the documentary to put the word out about a situation that doesn’t really get talked about.
The “situation that doesn’t really get talked about” is presumably the subject that didn't really get talked about that much during Breaking the Silence, the documentary special that TLC subsequently aired
As Popdust previously reported, TLC promised a one hour documentary that would “explore the devastating effects of child sex abuse in an effort to raise awareness of child sex abuse.”
During the special, two of Josh Duggar's kiddy fiddling victims—his sisters, Jill and Jessa, along with their mother, Michelle, attended a sex abuse prevention seminar—because, sure, it’s all about the victims preventing it happening, not about preventing the abuser from acting in the first place, don’t you know?
"I was so glad that my girls and I were able to do this together and that we could just be a support and encouragement to each other to be able to gain more information about this important topic," Michelle said during the documentary, which did not mention Josh Duggar by name even once.
Pretty much immediately after news broke that Michelle and Jim-Bob Duggar had done everything in their power to cover-up the fact Josh had molested his two underage sisters, in addition to three underage family friends, TLC announced that it was canceling its Duggar family ratings hit, 19 Kids and Counting.
But money talks y’all, because sure enough, following hot on the heels of the documentary special came
the exact same 19 Kids and Counting show labelled under a different name a three-part special, focusing on Jill and Jessa Duggar, called Jill & Jessa: Counting On.
Continuing to put the family’s best interests at heart, rather than the network’s ratings, Daniels announced that TLC is “considering” yet more
19 Kids and Counting shows labelled under a different name specials in the future.
We are still considering doing [Duggar specials] but haven’t made a decision yet.
Hmmm…. we’re going to go out on a limb here, and hazard a guess that, YES, there will most definitely be a whole lot more Duggars on TV in the very near future……
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