The new season of Counting On begins in less than a month and a new promo photo for the show makes it clear that Joy-Anna, Jinger, and Jessa (along with their husbands) are the stars of the show. Does this mean that Jill Duggar has ended her reality TV career?
According to the latest reports, TLC fired Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, after his transphobic comments on Twitter about fellow network star, transgender teen Jazz Jennings. Dillard’s shocking comments included misgendering Jennings as a male.
“4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decision 2 be made by a child. It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on TV these days,” wrote Dillard.
Derick Dillard Defends Transphobic Views That Got Him Fired from TLC https://t.co/Lp7y3UtLYN
— People (@people) January 23, 2018
Doctors diagnosed Jennings with gender identity disorder when she was four years old, and she later transitioned from male to female.
When Dillard’s followers accused him of bullying the teen reality star, he responded by saying that he was simply expressing his views.
For years, the 28-year-old’s wife was a big part of 19 Kids & Counting before TLC canceled the show after her brother’s molestation and cheating scandal. She then moved on to be the focus of the spinoff, which at first had the title of Jill & Jessa: Counting On.
The show has extensively followed the Dillards’ life as a married couple, but now the network has moved on to featuring Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth, Jessa and Ben Seewald, and Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo. It is not clear if Jill will ever return.
In a new promo photo for the show the three couples smile with the caption, “30 days until Counting On returns!”
Some fans were happy that TLC decided to remove Dillard from the show, while others thought it wasn’t fair that the network punished him because of his religious beliefs.
One fan wrote that Dillard’s firing was “utterly ridiculous,” adding that everyone is entitled to free speech and just because we might not agree with him that isn’t reason enough to remove him.
Earlier this month Dillard went back to social media to defend his viewpoint, writing that he thinks like most Americans, and he just happened to be the one who mentioned it.
Without the Dillards on the show, the popular spinoff will be focusing on Joy-Anna and her new baby – which is due right around the show’s premiere date – and Jinger, who is expecting her first child with Vuolo.
Jessa and her husband all already parents to two boys, but it wouldn’t surprise fans if she announced a pregnancy or adoption before the season is over.
Meanwhile, Jinger and Joy-Anna aren’t the only Duggars expecting. Joseph and his wife Kendra have also announced that they will have their first baby this summer.
No one has said if they will give birth on the show this season, but after Jessa shared her home birth it is quite likely that at least one of the expectant moms will allow cameras to be present for the big moment.
Counting On returns to TLC for its brand-new season on Monday, February 26th.