TLC’s Counting On cancelled as Josh Duggar trial for child abuse images delayed

TLC’s Counting On cancelled as Josh Duggar trial for child abuse images delayed (Image: Getty)

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TLC has cancelled the reality TV series Counting On after Josh Duggar was arrested in April and his trial has now been postponed until November.

The 33-year-old former 19 Kids and Counting star was arrested in April and charged with possessing and receiving images of child abuse, which he denies.

Now, in a statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday, the network revealed TLC has revealed that the Duggar family's show Counting On – a spin-off of 19 Kids and Counting which Josh does not feature in – had now been cancelled, stating: "TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On".

The statement adds: "TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately."

Meanwhile, Counting On stars Jinger Vuolo and her husband Jeremy Vuolo confirmed the show's ending on Instagram.

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The pair's statement reads: "We are grateful for TLC giving us the opportunity to be on their network over the years and their kindness towards the Vuolo family.

"It's been a remarkable journey that has opened doors to traveling and experiencing the world in a way that we wouldn't have imagined possible.

"We wholeheartedly agree with TLC's decision not to renew 'Counting On' and are excited for the next chapter in our lives.

"We'd like to thank our fans, friends and the amazing film crew who have shown us love and support.

"We look forward to continuing our creative journey in Los Angeles and seeing what the future holds."

The Mirror has reached out to TLC for additional comment on this story.

Josh Duggar is currently awaiting trial for charges of charged with possessing and receiving images of child abuse, which he denies.
(Image: Washington County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)

On April 30, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Arkansas said in a press release about Josh Duggar: "Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019."

Josh entered a not guilty plea at the time and was initially held without bail before being granted release on bond in May.

Homeland Security special agent Gerald Faulkner told the court at Duggar's detention hearing that the 65 images discovered during a raid of Wholesale Motorcars car dealership were some of the "worst of the worst" he had ever seen in his career, with Josh Duggar standing accused of possessing the content, some involving toddlers as young as 18 months.

He had been due to be tried on July 6 but on Tuesday the date of the trial was delayed until November 30 after he requested an extension.

A pretrial conference is now due to take place on November 18.

Josh Duggar (right) and wife Anna in 2015.
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Us Weekly reports that Josh Duggar faces 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each count if he is found guilty.

In the meantime, Josh Duggar will stay with friends for his home confinement until the trial.

The TLC franchise that began with the series 19 Kids and Counting and focused on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their children continued with the spin-off show Counting On.

Counting On followed the elder siblings of the Duggar family but did not feature Josh Duggar himself.

Josh's wife Anna and their children Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith, Mason, and Maryella did appear on the spin-off show, however.

Anna is currently pregnant with her and Josh's seventh child.

Josh Duggar speaks during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2015
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In a statement from the Duggar Family from April 30 following Josh's arrest, it said: "We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time.

"The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner.

"We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family."

The statement was noted as being from "Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar".

The original show 19 Kids and Counting aired from September 2008 to May 2015, with Counting On premiering in December 2015 following the previous show's end.

19 Kids and Counting had been cancelled in 2015 due to Josh having been investigated for groping five girls when he was a teenager.

At the time, Josh's parents confirmed the incidents had taken place and Josh had confessed to them. He did not face any charges due to the statute of limitations on the cases.

Michelle Duggar with her newborn 18th child Jordan Grace, surrounded by the rest of the Duggar family, with Josh not present
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At the time, the network has said in a statement: "After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided not to move forward with 19 Kids and Counting.

"The show will no longer appear on the air. The recent speculation around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection."

The Duggar family said at the time: "With God's grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward.

"We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have become. It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who have also lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing as well."

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