In the wake of Josh Duggar’s arrest, Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, is criticizing her family for how they handled his first scandal.
Last week, Duggar entered a not guilty plea to charges related to the possession of material that “depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12.” As a result, users took to Twitter to call for TLC to remove the family from the network. Additionally, Derrick liked and commented on the tweets.
Both Jill and her husband have become transparent about how they are actively distancing themselves from the Duggar family. According to the couple, they decided to distance themselves since they were not compensated fairly for their time on “19 and Counting” and “Counting On.” As “Counting On” went forward with taping, “19 and Counting” was canceled when Josh admitted to molesting four of his sisters — including Jill.
Per her husband’s tweets, “Counting On” acted as a “rebrand” to keep the Duggar family on the network. When one fan said it would be unfair to cancel “Counting On” because it had nothing to do with Josh, Derick argued that “19 and Counting” weren’t canceled simply because of Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal.
Another fan then responded, writing that “Counting On” felt like a “rebranding” that was supposed to focus on Jill and Jessa but just gave more air time to the family matriarch and patriarch: Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
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“Yes, that’s exactly what they called it — a rebranding. Same business structure as 19K&C (I.e., one person makes the decisions for all and one person got paid), but it would be ‘rebranded’ to make people think it was different,” tweeted Derick. “We pushed back often, and we were threatened often.”
“If you’ll notice, we refused to go to the photoshoot for the intro of the show, ‘Jill & Jessa: Counting On,'” he added. “That’s why we weren’t in the intro, but had to do the shows. Finally, we called their bluff and quit. Will explain more later in a different context.”
When a user wrote that they thought that TLC and the family handled the scandal “very well,” Derick fired back.
“How do you know how it was handled? It was not handled well,” he replied to the user. “The public was deceived. Their plan worked. And we were told to keep filming and keep our mouths shut. We called their bluff and left.”
However, the user pushed back. They argued that it was Derick and Jill’s decision to leave. Further, they added that the couple should let the other family members who decided to stay on the show “be.”
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Again, Dillard hit back: “How do you know they’re not trying to leave? They didn’t know what we knew when we knew it. As I’ve said before, we were told to not talk to the others about what we learned. And based on our history, I don’t know what scare tactics are used on the others to keep them compliant.”
“We pushed back for a long time & pretended like there was nothing wrong on the outside before we finally got to the place where we quit. Everyone has their own context, including timeline, incentives, fears/threats, information, etc., that they must operate within,” he wrote.
“So it will play out and look different as each individual behaves & responds differently within their unique context,” he continued. “My main message at this point is just for people to evaluate critically and not just assume things are as they appear on the surface. Thank you.”