‘Counting On’ Canceled by TLC Amid Josh Duggar Arrest Scandal

by Chris Haney

On Tuesday, TLC announced that the network has canceled Counting On after 11 seasons following Josh Duggar’s most recent arrest scandal.

The reality television show is a spin-off of 19 Kids and Counting, which also aired on TLC from 2008 to 2015. Each series follows members of the Duggar family. Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had 17 children as the show debuted. By the end of its run, the couple had two more kids to make it a household of 21 family members.

In 2015, Josh Duggar’s first legal troubles came to light. The eldest son of the family was accused of molesting five underage girls as a teenager. Two of the young women were his own sisters, Jill and Jessa, who later confirmed the accusations. The pair also went on to publicly forgive their brother for his past actions. TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting amid the controversy in July of that year.

The next month, another scandal rocked the Duggar family involving the eldest son. Gawker reported that Josh had an account on Ashley Madison – a website specifically designed for extramarital affairs. He later apologized saying he had a sex addiction and admitted that he cheated on his wife.

Fast forward to April 2021 and authorities arrested Josh Duggar for receiving and possessing child pornography. The brother of the Counting On stars pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released from jail one week after his arrest.

For now, Duggar is still awaiting trial. If he’s convicted of all charges in court, the reality TV star could end up serving up to 40 years in prison. Additionally, he faces up to $500,000 in fines for his alleged crimes.

‘Counting On’ Star Jinger Vuolo Addresses Cancellation

Following the additional April arrest, TLC has moved on from the long-running reality series Counting On. While it doesn’t come as a surprise considering the circumstances, some of the family members seem to be at peace with the network’s decision.

After the original scandal rocked the family in 2015, TLC chose to shift the focus of the reality series elsewhere within the family. The show still featured the Duggar parents, but instead highlighted some of the older children like Jill Dillard (29), Jessa Seewald (28), Jinger Vuolo (27), and Joy-Anna Forsyth (23).

Counting On followed the lives of some of the older Duggar siblings. The series showed them as they got married and began to have children of their own. Early on it only revolved around a couple of the eldest daughters and their families. Yet by the second season the show expanded to include the rest of the Duggar siblings and their families. 15 of the siblings starred on the reality show until TLC announced its cancellation today.

“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On,” the network’s statement said, according to PEOPLE. “TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”

The Duggar family hasn’t addressed the canceled series as of yet. But daughter Jinger Vuolo did share a statement this evening on Instagram thanking TLC. She also said she “wholeheartedly” agreed with the network’s decision.