Josh Duggar’s scandals of infidelity and molestation led TLC to stop the show “19 Kids and Counting”. TLC brought on a new show “Counting On”, based on the Duggars, back to their television lineup.
You would think TLC would have learnt the lesson that companies do not want to be associated with Josh Duggar, who molested his sisters and cheated on his wife. 12 companies stopped advertising with TLC because of Duggars scandals, last year.
Since TLC started airing “Counting On”, four companies have pulled way from the network. Maybe TLC thought since Josh Duggar has not appeared on the show it would not matter. However that does not seem to be the case, execs do not want to be associated with the scandals.
Josh is in rehab and the focus of the show is Jessa, Jill and Jinger Duggar, but that has not made much of difference in the way the Duggar’s are now perceived.
A Gerber Life ad aired during the premier of “Counting On”. A spokesman for Gerber issued a statement that said, “We have been assured that Gerber Life ads will no longer be shown during this program.”
Hotwire issued a statement that said, “We have decided to remove this network from our plan.”
TLC has had some issues with reality shows having major moral issues. “Honey Boo Boo” was canceled after the scandal of Mama June dating a sex offender who molested one of her daughters. The Duggars are a supposedly a Christian family, who pass judgment on others they feel are immoral, all the while their son was molesting his sisters.
Maybe it is time TLC rethinks the shows that they air, and focus a little less on reality. Sometimes reality is not so nice.
Written by: Cindy Wright