Five…and counting! That’s the number of major advertisers that have pulled their ads from airing during TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting. The reality show, which was once the darling for family product companies to advertise on, has already lost five major advertisers in the wake of the Josh Duggar sex abuse scandal, which broke last week. (Click here and here to read all about that.)
TMZ is reporting that Payless ShoeSource, Walgreens and Choice Hotels have joined General Mills (the first company to pull out of its ad schedule with the show after the scandal broke).
“In the wake of recent news, we are no longer advertising on the ’19 Kids and Counting’ program,” a rep for Walgreens told TMZ on Tuesday.
While TLC has not yet officially cancelled ’19 Kids,’ that time may soon come. Without advertisers, the show cannot go on. The network has not spoken out about the show’s future since it issued its statement on May 22 that informed the public that reruns of ’19 Kids’ had been pulled from the network for the time being.
Even People magazine seems to be turning on the Duggars. The mag, which had pretty much had a monopoly on all Duggar exclusives, has been posting stories that paint Josh and his family in a somewhat negative light—a drastic change from their previous coverage of the family.
While the family hasn’t issued any official statements since their statements on Thursday to People, the magazine spoke with a “source,” (likely a Duggar who didn’t want to go on record), about how the family is coping amidst the scandal.
The ‘source’ told the magazine that Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were “devastated” by the leak of the police report, which confirmed that Josh had been charged with molesting five young girls—including some of his sisters—back when he was a teenager. The Duggar parents have been criticized for not informing the police of their son’s crimes.
“They know that they did the best they could, but it doesn’t mean they’re not filled with regret,” the family source told People.
Even though TLC has not yet cancelled ’19 Kids,’ it has begun pulling down some of the show’s massive presence on the network’s website. This, however, is not Bob and Michelle’s biggest concern right now, says the source.
“Right now they’re just focused on their faith – and each other,” the source said.
Since the scandal broke, all of the Duggars have been basically silent on their social media accounts. The Duggar girls have not yet made their own statements about the abuse they suffered at the hands of their older brother. So far, the only other people from the Duggar camp to speak out regarding the scandal are Amy Duggar (who made it clear over the weekend that she wasn’t one of Josh’s victims) and Michael Seewald (the father of Ben Seewald), who praised Michelle and Jim Bob for the way they handled the situation.
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