In a statement posted to Instagram, Jinger Vuolo shared her sentiments towards the network, and the decision to end the series after 11 seasons.
“We are grateful for TLC giving us the opportunity to be on their network over the years and their kindness towards the Vuolo family,” Vuolo wrote. “It’s been a remarkable journey that has opened doors to traveling and experiencing the world in a way that we wouldn’t have imagined possible.”
Jinger has been part of the TLC family since 2008, where she first starred in the Duggar’s 19 Kids and Counting until 2015, then appeared on the show’s spinoff Counting On.
“We wholeheartedly agree with TLC’s decision not to renew ‘Counting On’ and are excited for the next chapter in our lives,” Jinger continued in her post. “We’d like to thank our fans, friends and the amazing film crew who have shown us love and support. We look forward to continuing our creative journey in Los Angeles and seeing what the future holds.”
Per People, the network officially confirmed the cancellation yesterday, referencing the situation involving Josh Duggar’s public scandals.
“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On,” the network said. “TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”
Counting On debuted the same year that the news broke about Josh Duggar allegedly molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. Two of his sisters, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, later came forward as two of the victims. When the news became public, though, the pair insisted that they had “moved on” and already forgiven their brother.
In 2015, amid Josh’s first scandal and the debut of Counting On, 19 Kids and Counting was also canceled after nine seasons on TLC. In the same year, Duggar confessed to being addicted to pornography, as well as cheating on his wife Anna Duggar after Gawker reported that he had several accounts on Ashley Madison (a website used for affairs).
Another scandal made headlines this April when Josh pleaded not guilty to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography and was released from jail one week after his arrest. Prosecutors stated that Josh had over 200 images of child pornography on his computer.
A handful of Duggar family members spoke out after Josh’s allegations in April, including the Vuolos.
“We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh,” Jinger wrote in a statement posted to Instagram. While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice.”
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