Former Counting On star Derick Dillard took to Twitter this past week to try to convince people that the homophobic remarks he made last year on the site had nothing to do with transgender teen Jazz Jennings. When a follower called him out on his bullying, Dillard’s response was essentially “I didn’t do it.”
A fan tweeted, “Jazz did nothing to him [Dillard] to deserve the trash talking she received. So, try again. Judge others like he does & you’ll be judged the same.”
Then Dillard confusingly responded, “None of anything I said was directed at Jazz.”
— FutureStarr (@FutureStarrcom) January 11, 2018
After reading that exchange, fans were scratching their heads, because they know Dillard’s claims are simply not true. Last summer, in a tweet that was a response to TLC’s tweet promoting I Am Jazz, he called Jennings’ show an “oxymoron” because it was a reality show that follows non-reality.
He then went on to write that “transgender is a myth,” and he claimed that gender is not fluid, but instead, it is ordained by God.
Later, he tried to say he has no ill will towards the 17-year-old, but Dillard referred to Jennings using the wrong pronoun.
Dillard wrote that he wanted to be clear that he has nothing against “him.” The 28-year-old’s issue, he claimed, was with words and definitions.
— The Fame (@TheFameChannel) January 11, 2018
A few months later, he doubled down on his comments and tweeted that he pitied Jennings because of people that take advantage of “him” to promote their own agenda. He then went after Jennings’ parents for letting a child make such a decision, saying it’s sad people use a juvenile that way.
Just days after that post, TLC decided to fire Dillard from Counting On and reiterated that his views were not the views of the network. After TLC made their announcement, Dillard said that his family wouldn’t be on the show anymore, either.
So, his wife Jill, and their sons, Israel and Samuel, won’t be part of the reality show in the upcoming season.
That’s disappointing since Jill has become more interesting in recent months by starting to wear pants, getting a nose piercing, and rocking a henna tattoo. And, rumor has it – after Jill and Derick didn’t appear with the rest of the married Duggars in a video congratulating Jinger Vuolo on her pregnancy – there may be a feud brewing.
The Dillard’s may not be popular with the Duggars right now, and they aren’t popular with fans, either. Mommyish reports that after his Twitter comments and the couple’s attempts online to beg for money, they made the list of the worst celebrity couples in 2017.
Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar have not commented on making the list or their next endeavors.