Fans of Counting On know that TLC fired Derick Dillard last fall after he made multiple transphobic comments about fellow reality star Jazz Jennings. But, Dillard is now alleging that TLC may stage Duggar family functions so that he and his wife, Jill Duggar, will not be in any of the shots for the show.
A fan recently asked the disgraced reality star turned law student, “Do you not attend events they film if possible (like Lauren/Josiah’s tea party) or do they just edit around you? Thanks!”
To which Derick replied, “TLC is probably not going to invite us if they don’t want us there.”
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— Us Weekly (@usweekly) September 21, 2018
While his answer was not perfectly clear, it did seem to allude that TLC stages family events, otherwise, why would they — and not the family — be in charge of the guest list.
This is not the first time Dillard has spoken out against the network following their decision to not film with him after his transphobic and homophobic tweets. The network made it clear that they fired Dillard, but he insisted that leaving Counting On was a family decision. Which is why Jill would no longer film either.
“We were going in a different direction as a family and decided to stop doing filming. Thank you; we hope you are encouraged in some way by our journey, especially our reliance upon our savior, Jesus Christ,” wrote Dillard.
Last November, TLC issued a statement saying that Dillard hadn’t worked with them for months, and they had “no plans” to work with him in the future. The network also made it clear that the views Dillard expressed on his social media accounts were not those of TLC, and they were proud to share Jennings’ story.
Dillard has continued to make remarks about Jennings since he and the network parted ways and continues to outrage fans by referring to the transgender teen as “him” in a tweet.
Staged or not Counting On — sans Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar — will return with new episodes on TLC in 2019.