It’s the end of an era filled with skirts, sofa birthing and scandals.
Counting On— which has been highlighting the Duggar Family‘s hijinks since 2015– has officially been cancelled by TLC.
The Sun was the first to break the news that the show would not be renewed for 12th season, citing an insider who stated that the Duggars were informed of the cancellation earlier this week. TLC later confirmed the news in a statement to Today. In her own statement, Jinger Duggar Vuolo told her followers she was “excited” about the future now that the show was cancelled, and made it clear she agreed with the network’s decision.
Although disgraced eldest Duggar kid Josh never appeared on ‘Counting On,’ it was his recent arrest for receiving and possessing child sex abuse material that got the show axed.
After Josh’s arrest in April, several petitions circulated the Internet urging TLC to cancel the Duggar clan’s show.
“The family was told over the phone…” The Sun reported. “The petition from those who boycotted ‘Counting On’ was hard to ignore, and sponsors were very concerned following Josh’s arrest.”
The source stated that the network had already forked out plenty of cash to film the Duggars for another season; however given the seriousness of Josh’s charges and upcoming trial, the decision was made to scrap the footage and the show.
“There have been a lot of discussions in recent weeks as the network had already spent money on production after months of filming. But the bottom line is, the network really wants to be on the right side of this scandal ahead of Josh’s trial. It was important for bosses to be seen to have taken action. The case has put the show in such a bad light, and although it’s a shame for those who worked hard on it, and the money spent, there really is no way forward.”
After The Sun‘s story was published, TLC confirmed the news in a statement made to several media outlets, including Today.
“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of ‘Counting On’,” the network said in the statement. “TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”
Their “situation” (aka Josh’s legal issues) has already splintered the family, with some of Josh’s siblings and relatives publicly slamming Josh over his alleged actions. One such family member, sister Jinger Duggar Vuolo, released a statement on Instagram after news of the ‘Counting On’ cancellation went public. She and her husband Jeremy Vuolo made it clear that they felt TLC made the right decision to ax the show.
“We wholeheartedly agree with TLC’s decision not to renew ‘Counting On’ and are excited for the next chapter in our lives,” Jinger and Jeremy wrote.
They did, however, thank the network and those behind the show for all they have done over the past six years.
“We are grateful for TLC for 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’s opened doors to traveling and experiencing the world in a way that we wouldn’t have imagined possible.”
Later in the statement, Jinger and Jeremy stated that they plan to pursue their “creative journey” in California.
“We look forward to continuing our creative journey in Los Angeles and seeing what the future holds.”
(Jinger and Jeremy were rumored to be looking to exit the show even before Josh’s latest scandal, although they never confirmed that rumor.) They have seemingly distanced themselves from most things related to the Duggar Family in recent months.
As of press time, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had yet to release any statement regarding the cancellation. The other Duggar kids also remained silent.
‘Counting On’ premiered in 2015 as Jill & Jessa: Counting On, focusing on the growing families of Duggar kids Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald. (At the time, they were the only married Duggars other than Josh, whose previous sex abuse scandal had gotten the family’s first show, 19 Kids and Counting, cancelled.) As the years went on, other siblings went on to get married and have
babies blessings, with most of those births being featured on ‘Counting On.’
The last episode of ‘Counting On’ aired in September 2020.
Over the years, The Ashley very much enjoyed recapping the placenta heap that was ‘Counting On.’ From birth specials to bad dates and holiday celebrations, The Ashley covered it all. If you’d like to relive the “so bad it’s almost good” days of the show, click here to read The Ashley’s ‘Counting On’ recaps!
(Photos: TLC; Instagram)