It’s official: Josh Duggar couldn’t get laid at a whorehouse with a fistful of money. At least, if that brothel is the Moonlite Bunny Ranch.
“19 Kids and Counting” star Duggar has been banned from the Moonlite — the Nevada brothel that was at the center of the HBO series “Cathouse” — following revelations that he fondled several underage girls, some of them his sisters, when he was a teenager.
In a press release issued Thursday, the Moonlite said it had taken the “extraordinary step” of barring Duggar from the premises, out of concern for its employees.
Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof also offered a math lesson in announcing the ban.
“My number-one priority has got to be the safety of my girls,” Hof said. “We employ 500 girls at any one time, and we’ve had tens of thousands of them come and go over the years. With the Duggars having 19 kids, it is just simple math that the odds are much greater than usual that one of their daughters might come work for us at some point. There’s no way I would ever put them or any other girl in harm’s way, should that brother of theirs come prowling around here. He’s persona non grata, starting now.”
After news broke that Duggar had been accused of sexually molesting the girls, the reality TV star — for now, anyway — released a statement admitting that he had “acted inexcusably” and stepped down from his position with the Family Research Council.
Since then, a slew of advertisers have pulled their support from the TLC series. TLC has not yet announced whether it will cancel the show, though it did pull all episodes from its schedule shortly after news of the scandal broke.
In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly last week, Josh’s sisters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard acknowledged that they were among Josh’s victims, but also offered a defense of their scandal-embroiled sibling.
“Josh was a boy, a young boy in puberty, and a little too curious about girls,” Seewald said. “And that got him into some trouble. And he made some bad choices, but, really, the extent of it was mild — inappropriate touching on fully clothed victims, most of it while [the] girls were sleeping.”
But the disgraced “19 Kids and Counting” personality is receiving no such mercy from Hof, who opines that his house of ill repute is a safer environment than the Duggar household.
“Those poor girls [the Duggar sisters] were propped up on television by their Bible-thumping parents to make excuses for their brother, saying that their mother and father had protected them after they became aware of the molestations by putting locks on the girls’ doors,” Hof said in the release. “We don’t have locks on our girls’ doors, because we’ve never needed them. Apparently the Bunny Ranch brothel is a safer place for young girls than the Duggar household.”