Anna Duggar divorce speculation and Josh Duggar’s sordid sex scandals have fueled interest in “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” even though furious fans have been calling for a boycott of the TV show for months
More than 1,000 companies have pledged not to advertise on the TLC show, and fans have launched campaigns to get the show dropped, but the public outrage has only stoked interest in “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” which premieres Dec. 13. Critics note TLC is moving forward with the broadcast for the same reason the Duggars have decided to air their dirty laundry on TV: Money.
“They don’t have any problem revictimizing the girls because they hold little to no value in their belief system,” wrote one outraged fan. “They are nothing more than breeders. Josh is the focus because they want to rebuild his credibility, because as a male in that cult he holds more value than the girls do.”
They probably also blame Josh’s wife for his cheating. TLC will continue to air them because TLC sees all advertising as good advertising. Even if they are promoting a child molester.
Meanwhile, the Duggar family is reportedly fighting among themselves over the decision to exploit Anna’s marital problems, potential divorce, and Josh’s sex scandals to promote “Jill & Jessa: Counting On.” Some family members say it’s wrong to spotlight Anna’s misery, while others believe it will make Josh and the Duggars sympathetic to a TV audience.
Critics say the Duggars should not be allowed to profit from their scandals. Anna, a mom of four, recently took an STD test after Josh admitted having sex with porn star Danica Dillon. Danica has since filed a $500,000 lawsuit claiming Josh was battered her during their two “rough sex” encounters, Celebrity Health & Fitness reported.
Despite the furor their TV show is causing, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar need to pimp out their children and family because they lost the major chunk of their income after “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled earlier this year due to Josh’s child molestation scandals.
The Duggars earned $25,000 to $45,000 per episode of “19 Kids and Counting.” The Duggars have also reportedly lost income totaling over $25 million a year as a result of lost book deals, endorsement and speaking engagements stemming from their TV show’s cancellation.
In a controversial move, TLC agreed to feature Jessa and Jill in a three-part TV special that will focus on the girls and their newborn babies. “Jill & Jessa: Counting On” premieres Dec. 13. The other two parts air Dec. 20 and Dec. 27.