Duggar Family Pitches New TLC Show Where Jim Bob and Michelle Counsel Sex Abuse Victims: Report
The Duggar family is reportedly pitching a new show to TLC in which they provide “Christian counseling” to victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Patheos and Star magazine are both reporting that sources close to the family say the Duggars are looking to capitalize on their upcoming hour-long documentary Breaking the Silence to launch a spin-off after the network cancelled their 19 Kids and Counting show earlier this year.
Set to air on August 30, Breaking the Silence will “shed light” on childhood sexual abuse and feature members of the Duggar family involved in Josh’s molestation scandal.
TLC said in a statement:
“Over these past weeks, TLC has consulted regularly with leading victims’ rights and advocacy organizations in the U.S., including RAINN and Darkness to Light, to discuss how to use this moment to address the issue and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated issue; it affects many children and families around the world. To that end, we are partnering with both organizations on a multi-platform campaign to raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue. In the first phase of this initiative, TLC will work closely with both groups and with the Duggar family on a one-hour documentary that will include Jill and Jessa and other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse.”
A source close to the Duggars tells Star magazine that:
“The family can’t afford to not have the show — it is their main source of income, and with a family of that size, without it they’re in enormous trouble. They know they have to at least pretend to be sorry about what happened, and now they want a spin-off where Jim Bob and Michelle would give advice to abuse victims—even though they’re in denial about their culpability in Josh’s crimes.”