Josh Duggar May Be Coming Back to TLC After All (Report)

“Did someone say more reality TV?”

After a two-year hiatus, Josh Duggar may be returning to TLC.

Although the network once made it clear that Josh would never appear on its reality TV shows again, after he was involved in multiple scandals back in 2015, it’s being reported that the network may be cracking under pressure from Duggar family patriarch, Jim Bob.

In Touch Weekly  reports that the network is going to start out slow and ease Josh back into the public eye by featuring him in a web-episode. A source tells In Touch that Jim Bob is really putting the pressure on TLC to bring Josh onto the show full-time.

“He spent a month trying to convince TLC that Josh should be back on the show. They finally caved and agreed to let him film an upcoming ‘Counting On’ web-episode where he’ll talk about the joy of becoming a father again,” the source explains. (Josh and his wife Anna are currently expecting their fifth child.)

“If the episode is well-received, he will appear on the next season of ‘Counting On,’” the magazine’s source reports.

As you may recall, Josh was banned from TLC after it came to light that he molested five young girls when he was a teenager. Four of those girls were his younger sisters who now appear on TLC’s Counting On.

The decision to allegedly put Josh on the family’s reality show is a stray from what TLC was saying when they cancelled the Duggar family’s first reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, after the molestation scandal broke in the summer of 2015. At the time the network used People magazine to inform viewers that Josh would not be featured on ‘Counting On’ and to date, he has not appeared on the show. In fact, the network has gone to great lengths to hide Josh from the cameras when he was present during filming.

The footage of family events such as Jinger’s wedding was cut so that Josh’s smug mug was never shown. Even on footage that could not be cut, the network blurred out Josh’s face. (Once, they even used Josh’s son’s head to block Josh from the cameras!)

Josh hid out in disgrace when the molestation came to light, but the drama wasn’t over for the eldest Duggar offspring. Shortly thereafter, it came to light that Josh had been using the cheating website Ashley Madison to be “unfaithful” to his wife Anna. Once the media discovered that Josh was preaching family values at the same time that he was desperately trying to have an affair, Josh was sent to a faith-based rehab center for several months.

“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” Josh said in a statement at the time of the Ashley Madison scandal. “While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing p0rnography on the Internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”

TLC and the Duggar family have remained silent on the report that Josh is coming back to the show. The Ashley has reached out to the network for comment and will update this story when more information is available.

(Photo: TLC)

56 Responses

  1. he’s an adulterer and molester that gets away with all of it…He’s never been accountable for any of it.I think if they put him back on TV, he’s going to finally get the karma he truly deserves…nobody other than the Duggars, want him on their TV.

  2. It’s okay though. He’s cured. Oppressive religion is always the way. What could go wrong?

    1. Write to TLC’s parent company, Discovery Communications, and/or individual companies that advertise on Discovery Communications networks, and let them know you plan to boycott all companies who advertise with TLC’s parent company if Josh gets reinstated.

  3. To be honest I’m not surprised. Jim Bob is all about the money and the Duggars will stop at nothing to promote their brand. They will use Josh as an example of “sinner who has been forgiven” and “aren’t we amazing”. Everyone is angry about Josh’s behavior and while what he did is vile, I’m also angry that his parents created that monster. They are equally responsible for what Josh did. He obviously had issues when he was a child due to their fanatical Christianity and they did nothing but pray it away. They could’ve saved all of their children from this mess by getting the proper therapies and treatment. Their son needs help and they just turn a blind eye and blame women, or in this case, little girls for “tempting” or whatever nonsense they preach. They all have an unhealthy obsession with sex and pregnancy and it’s a damn shame.

  4. No! … Vomitting… How does a known pedophile-protector get to dictate to a network?? Nobody wants to see that POS!

  5. The Duggar cult is worse than herpes, at least herpes goes into remission.

    Why the hell does anyone watch these people?

  6. The only way I’d watch Josh Duggar on tv was if it were “divorce court”, and Anna was leaving his perverted ass!!! I also might watch if he was on “Cops”, and being taken to prison for being a pedophile! What’s wrong with TLC!!!!

    1. The only way I’d watch would be if they brought something like Stephen King’s ‘The Running Man’ to television for real.

      Since that won’t likely happen (boo-hiss), these pickle sucking, hair spray huffing, hate-mongering bible thumpers can kiss my tuchas.

  7. No bueno.
    TLC you fucking greedy mofos. Tossing aside morals & social responsibility for ratings among all your The Good Book thumper fundie followers with Bibles in their eyes, staring at the screen dreamily believing that this is a “wholesome family.” Yuk
    I hope he’s in some freak accident where his dick gets chopped off….And his face.
    Also…This particular picture has made me feel dirty. I’m going to shower now

  8. The really sad part is that the girls, especially the sisters, were probably never allowed to deal with what happened to them in a truly therapeutic way. They probably were only allowed to do what their parents permitted and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they were blamed because they did something to tempt him.

  9. Until his gross history came out I couldn’t put my finger on what bothered me so much about this douche. For some reason he always gave me the creeps…and his gag worthy smile always seemed fake. Yuck.

  10. A pedophile who’s about to have a new baby…..This should not be celebrated what so ever! This family and TLC are disgusting.

    1. He controls the entire family, he can use them as leverage bc the show is popular (both genuinely and due to people who hate-watch)

  11. He has made it right with his family and Creator, all is forgiven. Who has not sinned? No one here.Josh has paid his dues and should be back in the limelight and the good graces of public opinion. With a new baby on the way he could certainly use the extra income that it would provide. I look forward to his return, it should be very interesting and fun.

    1. Josh DID NOT pay ANY DUES for what he has done! Anybody can pray to God and ask forgiveness for anything. Josh NEVER paid any pinishment for what he did and the scars he left on other women (sisters included). He went to a so called rehab. That was it. He didn’t spend anytime locked up nor did he have to register as a sex offender. He is a pig and as far as I am concerned he is still a threat to women. You just don’t get cured and over it in a short rehab stint. Once a molester always a molester. God doesn’t just miraculously cure him. He didn’t just cheat on his wife. He touched little children. The Duggars have minimized this and swept it under the rug. Who knows if he did more than what we know?

    2. Um, most child molestors “pay their dues” by going to jail, or being registered as sex offenders. But yeah sure, pray away his issues ?

    3. Lilly Whitestone you are an idiot. This monster molested five young girls. By putting him back on T.V they are basically saying that what he did wasn’t a big deal and that it wasn’t wrong. It was beyond wrong and is something that can never ever be forgiven, no matter what the duggars say about him being a changed man. I also believe that Michelle and Jim Bob should never be shown on T.V, as they helped This pervert get away with his crimes and covered it up. As for him having a baby on the way, He should never be aloud to have more children. He is a danger to the ones he has and the ones that may come afterwards. He is disgusting and should never be back in “the good graces” of the public’s opinion.

        1. Khaleesi, I agree. Every report she’s on it saying the exact opposite of what people think. Not just on one topic, but on every one of them. I don’t get trolls, do you get happy when people hate you? Or do you think you’re funny because you get people upset? Because if that’s the case, you are wasting your time honey, you better go troll on YouTube, where there’s no gray area and people get super angry within 3 secs.

        2. Upvote a million times. This person always writes the most outlandish BS responses to every article, just to get a rise it seems.

          1. Raeleigh, I’ve always endeavoured to look for the good in people, sometimes struggling, but always trying. I’m sorry that your world view and mine differ to such a degree, but I have a right to my opinion as you do your’s. Other than that, I can’t do anything other than attempt to explain.

      1. Amelia, you have a beautiful name, BTW. I appreciate your feedback, it’s always good to hear another point of view on any subject or topic and I can see, partially, how you reach some conclusions​. Ispeakthetruth, also.

    4. I will admit curiosity got the better of me how do you think this would ever be made right?? What he did l to those girls his children his family he has no idea the impact his actions had on his victims and they will carry that around with them for life so I have to disagree with you this is not now nor will it ever be something that can be made to be ok

      1. I believe in forgiveness, Colleen, I believe in the Holy Scriptures. In a parable, Christ said “Go and sin no more” and that was the end of that. I think we should keep a positive attitude and realize people can change. We can’t change the past but we can change the future. St.Paul was a sinner as Saul, but became greatly loved by God and all followers of Christ. There is always hope if we truly ask forgiveness​ of past transgressions, this is why The Lord’s Prayer is so powerful. Thanks for the chance to answer your good question, Colleen.

        1. Oh? I think God isn’t the all forgiving, turn a blind eye God people think He is… when it’s convenient to them. Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

          So Josh was “forgiven” for his sister and child diddling ways, but then went on to commit adultery, breaking one of the 10 Commandments. I mean, robbing those girls is tantamount to “Thou Shalt Not Steal” as well.. you know, robbing them of their innocence, faith in others, etc.. so that’s 2 Commandments down! I wonder how many more Josh will break and still feign enlightenment when he gets busted?

          Blech, this guy is a sick phuck that deserves 1000 plagues visited upon him. May his soul, the black, twisted thing that it is, rot in Hell.

        2. Thank you for writing as a Christian would, Lilly. Calmly, forgivingly, and gracefully. It’s rare here, that’s for sure.

      2. There is an on off switch on your TV. There are numerous other TV channels. If you don’t agree with him being in the programme then the answer is obvious. Don’t watch. Let those that do want to watch make their choice. Who and what people are being paid is no one else’s business but their own. I really feel sorry for you lot. Your lives must be so dull that you have to poke your noses into other people’s business to get your kicks. Why don’t you all shut up you bunch of saddos.

        1. Saddos even. I’m hurt.

          Don’t hold back, tear us all new ones! We’re not worthy! We’re scum!

    5. How exactly did he pay his dues? He molested little girls (his sisters included) and was never held accountable. That is a serious crime that warrants serious punishment. Then, as an adult, he cheated multiple times on his wife while she was having and raising his young children, including a newborn. What kind of man would do that to his family? And now we are to believe that he will never do it again? No one asked him to have another baby if he can’t afford the four he already has. Some things can never be made right. The victims of his crimes will have to live with what he has done forever. He cannot make that right.

      1. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. ” 1 John 1:7 Being free and clear of past sins is the greatest blessing and promise. God makes things right for those who repent and then do right. When we forgive it frees us, we no longer have to carry the heavy burden of hate and makes life a joyous​ experience. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:19

        1. That’s my favorite. When people use the Bible to shield themselves of the monstrous acts they’ve visited on someone else.

          How about these:

          John 14:15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

          Hebrews 10:26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins

          Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

          Exodus 21:24-25 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

        2. You refuse to answer the simple question of how has he made this right. How has he repented? When did he do the right thing? You can’t actually answer these questions so you keep preaching. Your words are hollow

          1. It’s my understanding that Josh asked for forgiveness and was granted it. If you are thinking of some other possible course of action I’d be interested in hearing it. The past is past and can not be changed by anyone. As humans, the best we have is to move ahead into better future with the prayers of supplication for guidance, ultimately with good will to all and free of sin.

          2. So you believe that criminals should not have to be tried or receive any sort of punishment. That is what you are saying, right? Because what he did is a crime. You really don’t think child molesters should be behind bars? Would you let this man your children?

          3. Sarahk, Josh was never charged with anything or lawfully convicted of anything. “Man your children?” ??? My apologies, that’s incomprehensible to me. Never heard that term before, not sure what you are asking. Is it “prison talk” or “urban” something?

          4. Lilly, you’re clearly suffering from a neurological deficit in the area of your brain dealing with common sense because you’re bat guano crazy.

            If you can’t get past a very simple typo and be able to go on to accurately decipher a simple sentence without a first grade primer to help your wee (albeit likely brainwashed) mind make sense of it, and instead try to insult SarahK for perhaps using “urban” or “prison talk” you’re too cultured or special to understand, please know you just looked “special“. Really “special“.

            Momma must be so proud.

          5. Oh wow. Prison or urban talk? Over me leaving out one word in a single sentence. Way to show your true colors. I knew that religious preaching was hollow.

            Let’s try this again. Would you let this man near your children? Very simple question. Josh has admitted to molesting children. He wasn’t charged, tried, or convicted because his parents covered up the crime until the statute of limitations had lapsed. So, would you leave your children with him?

          6. Sorry, Sarahk, I didn’t get back to you sooner, it’s a long story. Yes.

    6. Everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody finger-bangs their minor sisters. This sort of false equivalency nonsense is exactly how a twisted culture like the Duggars’ can excuse child molestation as if it were a fashion faux-pas, while condemning women who wear leggings as if they were child molesters.

    7. You’re disgusting and exactly what is wrong with the Bible thumping culture the Duggars promote.

      Do you have daughters? Maybe Josh can babysit sometime since you think he is a-okay in your book.

      1. Manny Josh. MmmHmm, sounds like a winner!

        Yes, I agree, Jenn. I think Lilly should be the first person to embrace Josh and allow him into her home, unsupervised, around her children. I mean, it’s nothing to worry about, right? He repented for his sins right? Phuck the law of man, right? Oh wait, Lilly, there goes that pesky Bible smacking that theory of yours down again!

        Peter 2:14 – Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

        Romans 13:1 – “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”

        Peter 2:13 – “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,”

        Unless the “law” contradicts God’s law, a good Christian should be obeying the laws of man. I’m pretty sure the Bible doesn’t condone adultery or say, “Go forth and diddle thy sisters!

    8. It is fascinating isn’t it? Someone who claims to be such a devout Catholic (previous post), and has such high praise for faith, forgiveness, and loving all frequents a page that posts nothing but snark and sarcasm about people. I second the troll idea. lol

  12. I do not agree with this at all in any way just because the Duggers want to sweep this under the rug doesn’t mean The rest of us then should it was wrong and a violation of all his victims and I can only hope that nobody watches this is just ridiculous

  13. It’s disgusting in TLC’s part. Why should they continue to give him a job just because Jim Bob said so? The Duggars totally chose their son over their daughters in the wake of his molestation, a story TLC kept hidden but was on the internet more than a year before the story broke.
    The daughters were all shamed in to saying they forgive him, but why should they? He shouldn’t be trusted around his kids, his sisters or any of their kids.
    This waxy faced rolly polly should be in jail, not plotting his reality TV return.

    1. Yes to all of this. Jim Bob and Michelle are truly awful. They had the audacity to scare monger about trans people going to the bathroom to molest little girls (by robocalling people in their community) while they hid their child molester son in their home. They allowed him to molest their daughters and never got any of the children help. They are the worst kind of people.

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