Duggar Interview With Fox’s Megyn Kelly Sparks Massive Social Media Reaction

Twitter users call the interview “creepy” and criticize the “19 Kids and Counting” parents for the way they handled the molestation scandal

Last Updated: June 4, 2015 @ 12:55 AM

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar sat down with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Wednesday for an interview that drew sharp reaction on social media.

In the sit-down that aired on “The Kelly File,” the “19 Kids and Counting” parents detailed what happened when their eldest son Josh confessed to having touched some of his younger sisters and a babysitter inappropriately.

Social media quickly exploded with angry reactions to the Duggars’ explanation of how they handled the molestation scandal and what many perceived as Kelly’s “softball” questions.

“Jim Bob is awfully cavalier about these ‘incidents’ for a guy who ran for Senate on an incest should get death penalty platform?” commented former daytime talk show host Montel Williams, who went on to express his disgust in a string of tweets, including calling the couple “creepy, creepy, creepy.”

“Weirdest Duggar ‘safeguard’ revealed in tonight’s intv: ‘no male babysitters.’ HELLO. The threat was coming from your own family,” wrote Lisa Bloom, NBC News legal analyst and author of “Suspicion Nation.”

“They are trying to justify themselves justifying incest and sexual abuse,” wrote socialite and PR executive Lee Radziwill.

The hour-long interview became the number 1 trending topic on Twitter, and it concluded with a teaser where Duggar daughters Jessa and Jill admitted they were among Josh’s victims. Kelly promised viewers that portion of her sit-down would air on Friday.

Below is a sampling of reaction to the Fox News Channel interview.

But not everyone was critical of the Duggar family. In fact, some viewers lashed out at Arkansas authorities for releasing the sealed police report and the media for disseminating the information.