More Bad News for the Duggars

Things not looking good for '19 Kids and Counting'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2015 9:09 AM CDT
18 of the members of the Duggar family pose for a photo at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfil, Ark. on Friday, May 9, 2008, after returning from a trip to New York.   (AP Photo/Beth Hall)

(Newser) – Still no official word from TLC on whether 19 Kids and Counting will be canceled in the wake of the Josh Duggar scandal, but multiple sources connected to the network tell TMZ it's looking like that's what will happen. "If you're betting, you'd be wise to put money on the show getting canceled," says one. In other bad news for the family:

  • After getting complaints, Hulu yanked the show entirely, TMZ reports.
  • And about a dozen advertisers so far have fled the show or pledged not to advertise on it, E! reports. Among them: ConAgra Foods, CVS, H&R Block, Keurig, Walgreens, Payless Shoes, and General Mills; TMZ also lists Jimmy Dean, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Ace Hardware, David's Bridal, Party City, Ricola, and Behr.

  • In Touch, which broke the Duggar story, now reports that after Arkansas police shut their 2006 investigation because the statute of limitations was up, they referred it to the Families in Need of Services agency, and ultimately the Department of Human Services was brought in. Nine months later, Duggar sued DHS. Details of the DHS investigation and the trial that resulted are sealed, but a source says Duggar was probably appealing whatever the DHS decided. The Stir explains: If DHS recommended that Duggar be removed from the home, or that the family be monitored, Duggar could have sued to dispute that finding.
Another possibility for the future of 19 Kids and Counting: Josh could be cut from the show.

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