One week after TLC pulled the plug from “Counting On,” Jill Duggar and her husband are speaking out.
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard recently broke their silence when they opened up about the “pressures and some unexpected challenges” from the popular show. The network recently announced that there would not be a 12th season of “Counting On.”
On Monday, the couple released a joint message on their Dillard Family blog. They revealed that they were addressing the cancellation “because we just learned the news with the rest of the world last Tuesday” and “this season of life is quite busy for us.”
The pair didn’t find out about the cancellation until after their cousin texted the couple after reading the news online. They added that they did not know how long TLC was planning the cancellation.
The pair also added that it’s been four years since they stopped filming. While at first, they couldn’t speak about their decision to leave, they are now opening up via social media.
Fans of the show know that the Dillards stopped being a part of it years ago. In 2017, they stopped filming. However, they returned for a brief appearance in the “Counting On” special: Josiah and Lauren’s Baby in 2019.
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Additionally, the couple opened up about the rumors regarding their relationship with Duggar’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle. The pair confessed that they no longer communicate with them.
They also revealed that while they had “many great experiences with the network” that there was also a dark side hidden from viewers.
They added that they faced “many pressures” and “unexpected challenges” while on the show. As a result, the couple stepped away from “Counting On.” They described that it was to have more control over their lives and “to do what was best for our family.”
“The pursuit of freedom and authenticity has been a growing theme in our lives,” they continued on their shared blog. “Our story is still being written, and this event is just one more step forward toward that goal. Our family’s departure from “19 Kids & Counting” and “Counting On” has allowed us to make our own decisions, including the ability to have a choice in what we share.”
They concluded the post with: “For now, we will move forward on our own terms, and we look forward to whatever opportunities the future holds.”
On June 30, the network announced that it “will not be producing additional seasons of the long-running show. In a public statement, TLC said it “feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.” The announcement referenced the controversy surrounding Josh Duggar’s charges.