Counting On CANCELLED by TLC following Josh Duggar child pornography charges
Counting On, the spin-off of 19 Kids and Counting, has been cancelled by TLC.
The axing comes after the arrest of Josh Duggar, who was charged with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material in May, with some material showing children younger than 12.
‘TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On,’ TLC revealed in a statement to Us Weekly. ‘TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.’
Counting On, the popular 19 Kids and Counting spin-off, has been cancelled by TLC
It comes just a month after Josh, 33, the eldest child from the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, was charged with receiving and possessing 65 images of child sexual abuse material, including some that Homeland Security special agent Gerald Faulkner described as ‘in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’
On April 29, Josh was arrested on federal charges following a 2019 Homeland Security raid on his property.
According to the indictment, he is alleged to have downloaded child sexual abuse material online in May 2019. Some of the material he is accused of possessing shows toddlers.
His computer was reportedly equipped with a dark web browser that could have let him anonymously search for child porn. The ‘Tor’ browser would have allowed him to bypass anti-porn software called ‘Covenant Eyes’ that his wife Anna installed to monitor what her husband downloaded.
The axing comes after the arrest of Josh Duggar , who was charged with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material in May, with some material showing children younger than 12
He faces two federal charges carrying up to 40 years in prison and is currently on house arrest at the home of a family friend.
On May 8, he was released on bail, with the condition that he stay with a third party, family friends LaCount and Maria Reber.
Despite the seriousness of his charges, Josh is allowed to see his children — Mackynzie Renée, 11, Michael James, 10, Marcus Anthony, 7, Meredith Grace, 5, Mason Garrett, 3, and Maryella Hope, 19 months — as long as Anna is present.
A source told People that Anna, 32, doesn’t believe the charges against him and has no intention of ending the marriage — or walking away with their six children and seventh unborn baby.
‘She’s standing by him,’ the source said. ‘She thinks Josh is innocent.’
TLC sensation: The newly cancelled series is a spin-off from 19 Kids & Counting