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TLC Pulls '19 Kids and Counting' as Josh Duggar's Molestation Scandal Intensifies

by Cate Meighan   May 22, 2015 18:21 PM EDT

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Several months after being rocked by a sex scandal within the family of Honey Boo Boo, we are now learning that TLC's situation with The Duggar's 19 Kids and Counting reality show might be even more horrific. Earlier this week, 27-year-old Josh Duggar admitted to sexually molesting five teenaged girls thirteen years ago with at least three of them being his family members. As if that wasn't hard enough to digest, the fact that the family covered it up for a year has sickened some of even their biggest fans, leaving many insisting that the network take some sort of action.

According to the show's official Facebook page, TLC has heard the backlash and taking what many will see as appropriate actions. "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time." reads an official statement issued by the network.

As for Josh, well, his life is in the kind of turmoil that his family helped him to avoid all of those years ago. He Issued a statement yesterday upon resigning from the Family Research Council saying, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life." said the father of three.

This situation has prompted many who would normally just lurk to instead speak up and out. Do you think that the fact that Josh's parents did involve the police eventually somehow corrects the fact that they waited a year to do so? Do you believe that he is just fine now, as everyone, up to and including his wife, Anna Duggar is insisting? Or do you think that this huge issue was simply swept under the rug until the press eventually got their hands on it and demanded the truth come out? Will TLC end up canceling 19 Kids and Counting? Do you believe that they should? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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