Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more of them, another Duggar is ready for his close up. A new report has surfaced that Duggar cousin John Andrew Studdard is in talks for his own Counting On spinoff, and he is ready to steal the spotlight.
Radar Online is reporting that Studdard, whose mom is cousins with Duggar patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, joined the controversial family via adoption as a young child. But, despite their close family ties, Studdard is nothing like his cousins, and he believes audiences are ready to see his unique story.
“I think their time is up,” said Studdard. “Producers reached out to me about doing a show because I have a unique storyline. Being Asian adopted into an all causation family living in the South. American needs me to fix their mess!”
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Studdard added that he believes he could “carry a show way better” because he is more open-minded than the stars of Counting On, plus he thinks he is way more fun. He says that every religion, gender, sexual orientation, and race is important, and even though he is somewhat conservative, he knows how to keep his opinions to himself.
He continued by explaining that his show will be in the real South, with good style and a lot of colorful personalities. And, Studdard believes that the topics on his show could reach all audiences.
Studdard – who is an LGBTQ activist – recently spoke out against his cousin Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, after he went on a homophobic Twitter rant attacking Nate Berkus and his husband, Jeremiah Brent. The 29-year-old called Berkus and Brent’s show Nate & Jeremiah by Design a “travesty of family” because it features the gay couple and their 3-year-old daughter Poppy and one-month-old son Oskar.
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The Duggar cousin said that Dillard needs to keep his mouth shut, and he is sick of hearing his homophobic cries for publicity.
He went on to say that we don’t have to agree with someone’s life, but it isn’t smart to speak out publicly when you know that half of America already dislikes you. As a public figure, Dillard should stop being so harsh. Instead, Studdard believes that love is everywhere, and he thinks everyone should be happy.
Studdard says that he hasn’t seen Dillard since he married Jill back in 2014, and the two are not close.
There is no word yet as to when Studdard’s show will premiere, but Counting On will return to TLC later this summer.