How Josh Duggar destroyed his family's TV career with years of horrific sex scandals as Counting On is canceled for good

AS Counting On gets canceled after six years, we examine how Josh Duggar ruined his family's TV career with his disturbing sex scandals.

Back in 2015, the Duggars' original show 19 Kids & Counting was axed after it emerged that Josh had molested five underage girls when he was a teenager.

Anna, 32, and the Duggar family stood by Josh through his shocking scandal.

That year, In Touch Weekly uncovered a 33-page Arkansas police report claiming Jim Bob confessed to local authorities that his eldest son fondled young girls while they were asleep in the Duggar family home back in 2002.

The publication's report also claimed that in 2006, the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline received a tip that there was abuse happening in the Duggar household, and the Springdale Police Department reached out to the family for interviews.

Josh addressed the allegations at the time, saying: "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret."

"I hurt others, including my family and close friends."

Josh was never charged with any crime related to the incidents.

His sisters Jill and Jessa came forward as victims in an interview with reporter Megyn Kelly, though they insisted they had forgiven Josh for his sins.

Jim Bob and Michelle said of the report: “Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives."

"When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong.

“That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God.”

In the fallout, Josh was fired from his position at Christian lobbying group the Family Research Council and went to a Bible-based rehab.

His family re-branded 19 Kids & Counting as the spinoff show Counting On without Josh.

But the scandals didn't stop there, as another report just three months later claimed Josh was using adultery dating service Ashley Madison.

He said in a statement: "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this has become a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife."

Soon after, porn star Danica Dillon, whose real name is Ashley Johnston, claimed he assaulted her during a sexual encounter.

In a 2020 interview with The Sun, Ashley, 33, described the alleged incident as being so intense "it felt like this guy tried to kill me."

She accused him of choking, spitting and calling her "worthless" during rough intercourse after they allegedly met at a Philadelphia strip club in 2015.

She claimed he invited her up to his room after he paid $600 for lap dances from her. 

Ashley, now a married mother-of-four, said Josh "knows what he's done and has to live with his demons".

Josh has always denied the alleged assault.

Anna stood by Josh throughout all the scandals and in early April of 2021 confirmed that she's pregnant with their seventh child.

Anna and Josh – who tied the knot in 2008 – are already parents to daughters Mackynzie, 11, Meredith, five, and Maryella, one, and sons Michael, nine, Marcus, seven, and Mason, three.

Anna defended her husband after a fan questioned how they are affording to look after such a large family.

The fan asked: “How do you afford all those kids? Does Josh even work?”

The TV star shot back: “Yes, my husband is a diligent worker and provides well for our family.”

In the years following the scandals, Josh found it hard to keep a stable job, and lived with Anna and his six kids in a warehouse on his parents Jim Bob and Michelle's Arkansas property, The Sun exclusively reported.

Then on April 29, Josh was arrested and charged with two counts of receiving and possessing child porn. 

He pleaded not guilty after being taken into custody following a 2019 Homeland Security raid on his now-shuttered used car dealership.

Jim Bob is believed to be paying his lawyers, as Josh has been out of work for months. He also arranged for a third party custodian to take him in when he was let out on bail.

The Sun exclusively revealed on Tuesday that his jury trial has been postponed until November.

If convicted, he could receive 20 years in prison with fines up to $250,000 for each count.

It appears Josh's arrest was the final straw for TLC, as The Sun exclusively revealed this week that they have canceled Counting On.

The shocking news comes after fans launched a petition to boycott Counting On.

An insider told The Sun exclusively: "The decision was made by TLC earlier this week to cancel the show.

"The family was told over the phone shortly after and it's still very hush hush."

"The petition from those who boycotted Counting On was hard to ignore, and sponsors were very concerned following Josh's arrest. 

"There have been a lot of discussions in recent weeks as the network had already spent money on production after months of filming. 

"But the bottom line is, the network really wants to be on the right side of this scandal ahead of Josh's trial. It was important for bosses to be seen to have taken action."

"The case has put the show in such a bad light, and although it's a shame for those who worked hard on it, and the money spent, there really is no way forward."

Counting On's last season ended in September 2020, and fans had been wondering if there would be a new season this year.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).

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