After weeks of uncertainty, it looks like TLC has officially canceled 19 Kids and Counting.
The reality TV show, which premiered in 2008, was first pulled from the air amid allegations that Josh Duggar had molested five children as a young teenager, four of which were his sisters.
“After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air,” the network said in a statement.
TLC has also partnered with two organizations to raise more awareness of child abuse, and added in the press release,”the recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.”
Gawker reports that Jessa and Jill Duggar, who were two of the victims of Josh’s abuse, will appear in in a documentary about the situation, which will air in late August. The two are also rumored to get their own spinoff show in the future.
During an interview with Fox News last month, the sisters defended their brother, saying he was a “young boy in puberty who was a little too curious about girls” at the time of the incidents, and “that got him into some trouble.”
Regarding the cancellation, the Duggar family released a separate statement on their website that read in part, “With God’s grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become…We appreciate the love, support, prayers and kindness extended to us by many of you. You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time.”
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