“19 Kids and Counting” has been removed from TLC’s schedule, as one of the show’s stars, Josh Duggar, finds himself mired in a child molestation scandal.
All episodes of the series have been removed from the network’s schedule.
TLC has offered no comment on the Duggar scandal or the fate of the series, one of the network’s most popular offerings.
As reported by Us Weekly, TLC had a seven-hour “19 Kids” marathon slated to run on Friday. That marathon is no longer listed among the scheduled programming on the network’s website.
The network drew criticism among Twitter users for airing “19 Kids” on Thursday, following news of Josh Duggar’s admission.
Following reports that he had been accused of molesting multiple underage girls, including some of his own sisters, Duggar issued a statement Thursday admitting, “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.”
Duggar added. “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.”
Duggar also resigned from his post with the Family Research Council, where he served as executive director of the organization’s legislative affiliate FRC Action.
In Touch Weekly initially reported on the allegations against Duggar on Tuesday, saying that his father had brought Josh to the Arkansas State Police when he learned his son had engaged in inappropriate behavior after catching him leaving a young girl’s bedroom; however, according to In Touch, prosecutors were prevented from completing their investigation due to a “bizarre turn of events.”
According to TMZ, Duggar, now 27, was accused of molesting five underage girls, including some of his sisters, in 2002 and 2003, allegedly fondling the girls’ genitals and breasts. The incidents were reported to police in 2006, and at this point the alleged acts fall outside the statute of limitations.