The TLC reality show Counting On has been off the air for just over six weeks, and now fans are wondering if it is ever coming back. Could a cryptic post on the Duggar family blog about the network’s plan for the show be a hint about possible cancellation?
The International Business Times is reporting that TLC could be dropping Counting On like a hot potato in the wake of the Derick Dillard scandal involving his Twitter rant against fellow reality star, transgender teenager Jazz Jennings.
In the family’s online statement, they wrote that they know fans are eager to find out if the show – which follows the lives of Duggar daughters Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth, and Jinger Duggar Vuolo – will be coming back for another season.
“We have been in contact with TLC, but at this time, there are no announcements to share. As soon as there is news to give, we will post it here,” the statement concluded.
Many Counting On fans immediately took the post as an announcement that TLC canceled the show. Some wrote their apologies for the cancellation and said they would never watch the network again, while others asked why it happened. There were also pleas to keep the show on the air.
But, some fans realized that it was not a cancellation notice, and wrote that a delayed announcement from the network was the result of TLC parting ways with Dillard. Even if the show does come back for season seven, the network has made it clear Jill’s husband will not be a part of it.
— Olivia Martin (@OliviaEditor) December 15, 2017
However, if the show didn’t go away after Josh Duggar’s child molestation and cheating scandals, it’s hard to believe Dillard’s homophobic tweets would bring it to an end.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, there isn’t a family on television more controversial than the Duggars. They are so controversial, that even though TLC canceled 19 Kids & Counting years ago, Counting On continues, even with occasional appearances from Jim Bob and Michelle.
But, the family’s extremely religious and political views weren’t the reason TLC put them on the air over a decade ago. It started off with a one-off documentary special about a family with a lot of children, and the ratings were so surprisingly high that the network offered the Duggars their own series.
Austin and I are SO thankful to announce that we are parents!! Even before we were married we prayed that God would give us children and we are so blessed that he has given us this baby! Jesus is the giver of Life! The baby has arms, legs, fingers, and toes. It has a beating heart and brain waves. The baby responds to touch and is already right- or left-handed. The baby has its own unique fingerprints, which are different from anyone else's. All organ systems are in place! Psalm 139:13-16 "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." This passage indicates that God Himself formed our physical features and that He did so with a wonderful plan for our lives. God knew us in the womb. #babyforsyth #alreadyinlovewithmybaby #blessedbeyondmeasure #Jesusanswersprayers
The original focus was their proclivity for breeding, but the cult-like way the Duggar’s raised their children soon became the reason fans tuned in. Some hate-watch the show, while others take notes on how to live a godlier lifestyle.
It seems, though, that the younger generation of Duggars aren’t quite as conservative as their parents, with some daughters wearing pants and another piercing her nose. So, we will never be completely sure just how accurate our impression of the Duggars really is.
Stay tuned to see if Counting On returns for another season.