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.