Fox News news host Megyn Kelly has snagged the first interview with 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose son Josh admitted to acting “inexcusably” after a report surfaced that he molested five underage girls when he was 14.
Fox News announced that the interview would air during The Kelly File on Wednesday, June 3, at 9 p.m. ET. Additional portions will also air during a one-hour special on Friday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET. The duo released this statement on Michelle’s blog: “Next week we will sit down with Megyn Kelly on Fox News to share our hearts with you about the pain that we walked through as a family twelve years ago, the tears we all shed and the forgiveness that was given. We appreciate the outpouring of love and prayers for our family at this time.”
Reruns of 19 Kids were pulled from TLC last week after a magazine revealed sexual molestation allegations against the Duggar’s eldest son Josh, now 27. The now-married man, with a fourth child on the way, released a statement to PEOPLE that said, “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.”
Shortly thereafter, TLC released a statement saying “we are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation.” But the network has since remained mum in the wake in the scandal — all while advertisers like Payless Shoe Source and General Mills have announced via social media they will not run ads on 19 Kids and Counting. The show recently wrapped its 10th season.
The unscripted program, which follows parents Jim Bob and Michelle and their 19 children — all of whose names begin with the letter J — first launched in 2008. It is TLC’s most successful program.