Reports that Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame — and infamy — is coming back to reality television for a “tell all” episode with his two sisters, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, caught their network, TLC by surprise.
Dillard and Seewald are the cohosts of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, and also two of the five victims of molestation Duggar admitted to committing when he was a teenager. That confession, in 2015, led TLC to cancel the family’s reality show.
In a TLC special on the subject of abuse last August, Seewald spoke out about the need for conversation about what is too often whispered about or swept under the rug. “I feel like this should be a discussion that people are having, even regularly,” she said. “I think that it shouldn’t be a taboo subject, and that we should be bringing awareness to child sexual abuse, and talking about this.”
Molesting his sisters and other young girls when he was a teen wasn’t the only secret Duggar was keeping. Just in 2015, it was revealed he owned two Ashley Madison accounts, admitted he suffers a debilitating “addiction” to porn, had a string of adulterous affairs, took part in myriad libidinous exploits with a gaggle of strippers, and had sex with several underage girls, many of whom were family members — all while being the head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council Action. Duggar remains married to his wife, Ana, but resigned from FRC following the molestation confession.
Although the source who claimed he would appear with his sisters on their show insisted, “what he has to say will be ratings gold, and TLC – and the Duggars – know it,” People reports TLC executives have had zero contact with Josh regarding his career prospects.