Derick Dillard isn’t going down with a fight. After TLC fired Dillard for making controversial remarks about Jazz Jennings, the former Counting On star lashed out on Twitter claiming that he decided to leave the show and wasn’t fired by the network. In a series of angry tweets, Dillard also assured fans that his wife, Jill Duggar, will also no longer be on the show.
Dillard says that he made the decision to leave the series months ago and was not fired by any stretch of the imagination. He claims that he cut ties with the show because he felt like his family needed to go in a different direction.
He also pointed out that he was never an employee of TLC and could not have been fired because he wasn’t under contract. Dillard believes that the network released a statement about his firing because they wanted to save face. While Dillard is clearly bitter about how things ended, he also dropped the bombshell that Jill is leaving the series as well.
— The Ashley (@TheAshleysRR) December 19, 2017
Dillard’s downward spiral began this year when he started making controversial comments about Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenager who stars on her own show on TLC. Over the course of several months, Dillard slammed Jennings and her show, espousing his conservative view that being transgender isn’t real.
After public outcry on social media, the network released a statement confirming that Dillard will no longer be a part of Counting On, the Duggar family spin-off of 19 Kids and Counting. In the wake of Dillard’s firing, many fans wondered whether Jill will still be on the show. Sadly, Dillard confirmed that Jill has followed his lead and will no longer be a part of the series.
To be fair, TLC never used the word “fired” in their official statement about Dillard’s future. But that doesn’t mean Dillard is right to say he quit. After all, it’s not like he could return to the show if he wanted.
In fact, TLC made it clear that Dillard’s remarks about Jennings were not appropriate and do not reflect their beliefs as a network. They may not have said directly that he was fired, but they didn’t have to. That said, Dillard may no longer appear in front of the camera, but he is still a part of the Duggar family.
Unbelievable what’s considered newsworthy these days, but then again, this is how I first heard that I was “fired”. For the record, I was never fired. I just felt it best for my family to cut ties months ago, as we are heading in a different direction. https://t.co/XUFD3i5arj
— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) December 15, 2017
Following his most recent remarks about TLC, Dillard went on social media to congratulate Joseph and Kendra Duggar on their baby announcement. Dillard told the couple that they will make great parents and assured them that his two boys are excited to have new cousins.
Joseph and Kendra announced their first pregnancy this week. The pair tied the knot back in September and are already getting busy expanding the family. Dillard might not be on the show, but he clearly plans on staying close to the rest of the Duggar family.
The new season of Counting On is expected to premiere sometime in 2018 on TLC, presumably without Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar.