After over a decade on television, the Duggar kids are ready for a break. The Counting On stars are getting tired of being in front of cameras 24/7 says a source, so they are taking big breaks between seasons instead of filming year-round.
Radar Online is reporting that the Duggars will continue to film their show as long as they can because it is their biggest source of income, but they also need to time “to carry on with their lives.”
One of the biggest reasons the kids want time away from the cameras is so they can court.
“John David kept his relationship quiet and hidden so he could enjoy time without press,” an insider explained.
Counting On mainly focuses on the marriages of Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo, Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth, and Joseph and Kendra Duggar, and it also stars the single adult kids — John David and Jana Duggar.
The Duggar family first appeared on television back in 2004 on the special 14 Children and Pregnant Again, and then later we saw the conservative Christian clan in 16 Kids and Moving In. In 2008, the family finally got their own reality show, which at the time was called 17 Kids & Counting. Throughout its run on TLC, it later changed to 18 and then 19 Kids & Counting.
But, that all came crashing down in 2015 thanks to the Josh Duggar molestation scandal which led to TLC pulling the show from their schedule. But, just a few months later, the spinoff Counting On emerged that originally focused on the two Duggar girls who at the time were courting and getting married, Jill and Jessa.
But, during the last four years, more of the kids have gotten married and joined the show, including Joy-Anna, Jinger, Joseph, and Josiah. However, Jill is no longer a part of Counting On thanks to her husband Derick Dillard and his homophobic and transphobic Twitter rants.
As for Josh, he and his family have never been a part of Counting On, and chances are that won’t change anytime soon.
In addition to all of the marriages in the last four years, fans have also seen a lot of babies arrive. Last month, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo welcomed their daughter, Felicity, and TLC recently aired the birth special, which is also available on TLCgo.
However, after the special aired, fans started asking if the Vuolo’s had moved since Jinger gave birth in a San Antonio birth center instead of one in Laredo, Texas. But, Jinger explained that she had been working with a midwife and her doctor because the women in her family have a history of birthing large babies.
So, she chose where she wanted to deliver and was very prepared for traveling the 150 miles to the San Antonio hospital where doctors induced her. Jinger and her medical team wanted to be sure that she didn’t go past her due date and deliver a ten-pound baby like her sisters.
They were successful because Felicity weighed in at eight pounds and three ounces.
New episodes of Counting On air Monday nights on TLC.