Update: TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' marathon after Josh Duggar child molestation allegations
UPDATE: TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule amid the molestation allegations against Josh Duggar.
EARLIER:On Thursday, 19 Kids and Counting’s Josh Duggar responded to reports that he molested five underage girls when he was a teen.
“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, now 27, wrote on the Duggars’ Facebook page. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
TLC, which has aired 19 Kids and Counting since 2008, did not comment on the subject. But the network did run a marathon of the popular series on Thursday night, upsetting many Twitter users.
Following the allegations, Josh Duggar stepped down from his position as executive director of the conservative Family Research Council Action group. Anna, Josh’s wife of more than six years, also weighed in on Facebook, saying she knew about Josh’s past with “teenage mistakes” two years before the pair got engaged.
“I want to say thank you to those who took time over a decade ago to help Josh in a time of crisis,” Anna wrote. “Your investment changed his life from going down the wrong path to doing what is right. If it weren’t for your help I would not be here as his wife — celebrating 6 1/2 years of marriage to a man who knows how to be a gentleman and treat a girl right. Thank you to all of you who tirelessly work with children in crisis, you are changing lives and I am forever grateful for all of you.”
As Us Weekly notes, TLC has another marathon scheduled for Friday night.
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