The Duggar family’s new TV show, “Jill and Jessa: Counting On” faces cancellation as more corporations refuse to advertise on the TLC show.
Big-name corporations such as Verizon Wireless, the UPS Store, and Choice Hotels have decided to pull their ads because they don’t want to be associated with Josh Duggar’s child molestation scandal, as Examiner has reported.
“The Duggars are radioactive right now,” media expert David Johnson told InTouch. “People will see that this new show is just a desperate ploy by the Duggars to reclaim the spotlight and hopefully make some dollars off the public.”
Some of the corporations whose commercials aired during recent episodes of “Jill and Jessa” say their products were advertised in error. “It was not our intention to advertise on the program,” said a UPS rep. “This specific program is [now] on our list of exclusions as well as any other potential Duggar programming.”
Choice Hotels echoed similar sentiments, and distanced itself from the Duggars. “We are not a sponsor or an advertiser on any TV shows or specials about the Duggars,” said Choice Hotels. “If any ads run, it is an error of the network. Our advertising agency has directed them to remove our advertising from the show.
It is never our intent to endorse content that could offend our consumers.”
The Duggars’ hit TV show, “19 Kids and Counting,” was canceled in July 2015 after 10 seasons amid Josh Duggar’s admission that he had sexually molested five underage girls — including four of his sisters — when he was 14 years old.
Two of the Duggar girls who were molested — Jessa and Jill — now star on the new TLC show, “Jill and Jessa: Counting On,” which recently filmed a whole new season. Josh does not appear on the show, but his wife, Anna, does.
Corporations are fleeing “Jill and Jessa” under pressure from outraged TV fans, who say TLC is enabling child abuse by allowing the Duggars to profit from their sex scandals, as Examiner has reported. Critics are disgusted that the bible-thumping Duggars hold themselves out as pious Christians advocating family values when Josh molested his own sisters and cheated on his wife with porn stars and prostitutes.
Meanwhile, the Duggars are desperate to regain their TV fame and fortune after earning $25,000 to $45,000 per episode of “19 Kids and Counting.” In 2015, the Duggar family reportedly lost over $25 million on lost book deals, endorsements and speaking engagements stemming from their show’s cancellation.