Being the most wholesome thing on television is the Duggar family brand. But, that hasn’t kept them from being involved with their share of scandals over the years. The stars of Counting On and 19 Kids & Counting aren’t perfect, and the family has made multiple headlines that damaged their squeaky-clean reputation.
Starting with the worst of the worst, oldest son Josh Duggar almost single-handedly ended his family’s media empire back in 2015 when he got caught up in a molestation and cheating scandal. First, thanks to a whistleblower, the news broke that Josh had molested five underage girls — including four of his sisters — when he was a teenager. And, to make things worse, his parents Jim Bob and Michelle had helped Josh avoid prosecution.
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This revelation led to TLC canceling 19 Kids & Counting and Josh lost his job as a lobbyist for the conservative Family Research Council in Washington D.C. Not long after, Josh got caught using the affair-promoting website Ashley Madison to cheat on his wife, and Josh ended up in rehab for sex addiction.
The other scandals in the Duggar family don’t even touch the severity of the Josh scandal, but they still caused a big commotion with fans. Both Jill and Jessa got caught plagiarizing recipes and trying to pass them off as their own, and Jinger raised eyebrows when she ignored the family dress code and started wearing pants.
Jinger found herself in another scandal after she appeared on a 2016 episode of Counting On and flipped a car. But, it was later discovered that the whole storyline had been staged.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, fans also accused Jill of endangering lives with her work as a midwife because she didn’t have the proper licensing. And, then there is her husband, Derick Dillard.
Jill Duggar's husband Derick Dillard won't let his sons go trick-or-treating. https://t.co/8FVxTN1Eid
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Dillard got himself into some big trouble in late 2017 when he started bullying transgender teen Jazz Jennings on Twitter. Dillard’s controversial comments led to TLC firing him from Counting On, and Jill decided to leave the show in an act of solidarity.
Since his termination, Dillard has continued to go after people on social media, including Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, the stars of Nate and Jeremiah By Design.
Then there is the issue of corporal punishment. Jim Bob and Michelle are advocates of extreme corporal punishment, like blanket training. And during Josh’s molestation scandal, it came out that Jim Bob and Michelle frequently spank their children.
The Duggar family will be back in 2019 with new episodes of Counting On on TLC.