Derick Dillard is probably not Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar‘s favorite son-in-law these days, thanks to all of the information he’s spilled about the Duggars over the last year or so. However, on Tuesday, one member of the famous family went public with her support for Derick’s loose lips.
Amy Duggar King, the cousin of Derick’s wife Jill and her siblings, spoke out on Twitter this week, commending Derick for exposing some of the family’s dark secrets.
“You really are shedding some light on some very dark gray areas,” Amy tweeted to Derick on Tuesday. “Keep it up!”
@derickmdillard you really are shedding some light on some very dark gray areas! Keep it up!
— Amy Rachelle King (@amyduggar) January 14, 2020
In a new comment on Instagram, Derick continued to speak out about him, Jill and the other adult Duggar kids allegedly being “forced” into filming for ‘Counting On’ without being paid.
“I’ve previously mentioned volunteerism as it relates to our past work with the show, and volunteer means volunteer,” Derick wrote on Tuesday. “While we began as volunteers, it eventually became apparent that it wasn’t even volunteerism, because typically volunteerism assumes that you can leave without serious risks, such as legal/financial threats, in addition to the extreme emotional pressure from within and without your family, which unfortunately end with painful burning of bridges just so that you can protect your family.”
Amy’s tweet comes just about a week after Derick revealed on his Instagram account that he and Jill, as well as Amy and her husband Dillon, were specifically cut from scenes of the Counting On episode that showed Grandma Mary Duggar‘s funeral.
Derick responded to a fan who asked why he, Jill and their kids weren’t shown at Mary’s funeral, even though they did attend. (We know they attended because Jill plastered photos of the funeral— casket included— all over her social media accounts!) He also explained why Amy— who was extremely close to Mary— was absent from the funeral footage.
“Not our fault. TLC cut out any family that they don’t want viewers to see in attendance,” Derick wrote. “It wasn’t in the script for us or the Kings to be there.”
(Jill’s disgraced brother Josh was also cut out of the funeral footage.)
As ‘Counting On’ viewers know, Derick was booted from ‘Counting On’ in 2017 after he posted an assortment of negative tweets about transgender TLC star Jazz Jennings. In 2018, he revealed that he and Jill had decided their family would no longer appear on ‘Counting On,’ although Jill did make a special appearance this season while assisting her sister Jessa Seewald with her labor.
Over the past few months, Derick has been very vocal about the strained relationship he and Jill have with Jill’s father, Jim Bob Duggar. He even recently stated that he and Jill are no longer allowed at the Duggar Compound when Jim Bob is not present, and that Jill had to obtain special permission from her father to help Jessa.
In his latest Instagram comments, Derick revealed that family members who are no longer approved by the network are simply edited out of the footage.
“Well the show is only about what TLC wants it to be about. If there’s something about the family that they don’t want viewers to see, then they’ll just edit it out or create their own storyline,” Derick wrote. “TLC is only going to show viewers what they want viewers to see.”
Viewers have witnessed this occurring on ‘Counting On’ for years. During Jinger Vuolo‘s wedding episode, Josh was cleverly edited (or blocked) out of the footage. He was placed in a pew away from the other Duggar siblings (so that he wouldn’t be included in the audience pans as much), and held up his son Marcus in front of his face to block viewers from seeing him in the footage.
(Photos: TLC; Twitter)