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Derick Dillard Under Fire For Atheist Sympathies: Has He Abandoned His Beliefs?

It's been quite an interesting few months in the life of Derick Dillard.

It all started, of course, when Derick got fired by TLC after harassing transgender teen and fellow network star Jazz Jennings in a bizarre Twitter tirade.

Derick Dillard and his boys on Christmas

Derick issued an explanation for his remarks that he probably thinks qualifies as an apology, but fans weren't buying it, and most seemed happy to see him go.

Earlier this week, Derick doubled down on his homophobia by promoting a speaking engagement by a pastor who became famous for his support of the abhorrent practice of conversion therapy.

It briefly seemed that Derick had taken an "in for a penny, in for a pound" approach to his own bigotry and decided that since he'd already been fired from TLC, the time was right to rebrand himself as a far-right firebrand.

Today, however, something interesting occurred on Derick's Twitter page.

Derick Dillard, Awful Haircut and Cookie Dough

"I want to personally invite any LGBTQ person & anyone else who would like to come with my family and me to church next Sunday. See you there!" Derick tweeted.

These days, it seems that Derick is supporting his family almost entirely through monetary donations from fans, so many were suspicious that the tweet was simply a publicity stunt or part of an effort to rebuild his image.

But some expressed an interest in taking him up on the invitation.

One woman identified herself as an atheist and asked if it was okay for her to attend services with Derick and his family.

The former reality star astonished many Duggar fans when he responded, "Absolutely!"

Jill Dillard and Derick

Some expressed outright shock that Derick would invite someone whose beliefs are so different from his own into his house of worship.

The mini-controversy comes on the heels of reports that Derick's wife, Jill Duggar, had turned her back on her beliefs due to an Instagram post in which she revealed that she's reading a book with sections addressed to those who are questioning their faith in God.

In the end, however, it turned out there was really nothing to either scandal.

Jill was simply offering support to those whose belief had wavered, while Derick is apparently hoping to convert some non-believers, which is actually one of the expressed duties of Independent Baptists.

Oh, well. We're sure a legitimate Derick scandal will pop up soon enough.

In the meantime, watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.

Joy-Anna Duggar: Baby Name Revealed! Has She Already Given Birth?!

When a Duggar woman gives birth, it's always a big deal for the family's legion of devoted fans.

But it looks as though Joy-Anna Duggar may have recently tried - and failed - to keep some major baby news from going public.

Joy-Anna on Counting On

As you may already know, rumors that Joy-Anna got pregnant before her wedding to Austin Forsyth have been running rampant in recent months.

Even some of the most devout Duggar loyalists began to believe the reports of a "shotgun wedding" thanks to a series of suspicious developments:

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth moved their wedding date up several months without warning; the Duggars refused to acknowledge the rumors in any way; doctors who examined photos of Joy stated that she appeared much further along than she claimed...

Needless to say, there was plenty of reason to believe that Joy wasn't being totally forthcoming with fans.

Throughout her pregnancy, conspiracy-minded fans assured themselves that the truth would come out when Joy finally gave birth.

Joy-Anna Duggar Due Date Photo

But now there's reason to believe that the Duggars may be attempting to mislead fans by keeping the birth under wraps and making the announcement on what would have been Joy's due date had she actually gotten pregnant on her honeymoon like she claimed.

According to recent changes to Joy's Wikipedia page, she has already given birth to a little girl named Julie.

Fans understandably freaked out over the news, and the changes were quickly deleted.

It's important to note that the edits may have been some rogue fan's idea of a joke.

But it's also worth noting that if the new information was accurate, then the Duggars would have made certain it was promptly removed.

Obviously, at this point, it's tough to determine what exactly happened.

Joy-Anna Duggar Pregnancy Photo

We'll play it safe and say we wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a fan hoax, and we also wouldn't be surprised if the Joy has already given birth, and her family is keeping it under wraps.

Whatever the case, you can expect some Joy-ous baby news in the very near future.

Joy stated on Valentine's day that she's expected to deliver before the end of the month.

So congrats to the happy couple either way!

And way to keep the "J" name trend going!

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.

Joy-Anna Duggar Pregnancy Post: Life Begins at Birth!

The Duggars have gotten a lot of criticism over the years. For Michelle Duggar being a neglectful parent. For their fringe fundamentalist views on everything. For their children being uneducated "clones" of their beliefs.

But no one has ever realistically questioned whether the Duggar family is 100% anti-abortion.

Until now, that is. Diehard fans are questioning their views after being alarmed by the language used in a recent Duggar post.

Jim Bob, Michelle on Facebook

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth may never address the shotgun wedding rumors -- at least, that's how some fans are feeling.

Some believe that they're not trying to clear the air because the story is true and they're ashamed of doing the natural and healthy activity that almost every couple in the country does.

Others believe that they're not speaking about it directly because they don't want to give any weight to a false rumor. Perhaps they fear that if they shoot down one rumor, they'll be expected to respond to them all.

A more moderate view might be that Joy-Anna and Austin are biding their time and seeing when Joy-Anna gives birth. If it's late enough, it might look like "evidence" that the couple waited until their wedding night.

The touchy subject of Joy-Anna's due date was what brought about this post, which shocked numerous Duggar fans:

Joy-Anna Duggar Due Date Photo

On the Duggar family's official Facebook page, they wrote:

"Joy and Austin will soon be parents! Anybody have a guess when baby will be here?"

They then wrote:

"When it comes to arrival, these babies make up their own minds!"

On the surface, this is just a post about a pregnant Duggar daughter.

Dig slightly deeper, and it's a set-up to give a plausible explanation if (or when) Joy-Anna gives birth earlier than her wedding date would "allow."

But did you notice the unexpected language from the Duggars? These fans did, and they were shocked.

Duggars in NYC

One diehard Duggar fan commented:

"They are already parents! They've been parents since conception, because that's when life begins! (Just like to point that out, because life-affirming language is super important - and I know your family agrees on the sanctity of life!)"

That comment then continued, with some odd capitalizatin and hyphenation.

"God bless! Pregnancy is such a special time with Baby and so is birth! Praying for Baby and Mama on your upcoming big day! Have a very Happy Birth-day!"

Other commenters echoed the sentiment, "correcting" the Duggars.

"Life begins at conception."

And another:

"Human life begins before one has a heartbeat; of course, even if it didn’t, they’d still have been parents since nearly conception. Nothing controversial about that. It’s encouraging, actually."

Austin Forsyth, Joy-Anna Duggar

So, to the anti-abortion crowd, the Duggars were odd to suggest that Joy-Anna isn't already a mother.

By their beliefs, she's been a mother since conception.

The Duggars haven't been shy about mourning miscarriages with grave markers, as they might if a baby had died. (Which is totally their choice, folks -- everyone has a right to grieve a loss in their own way)

Fans have noted the family's apparent hypocrisy, grieving Jubilee while seeming to forget Caleb Duggar by calling Jubilee their "20th child."

And one commenter referred to that under the post about Joy-Anna and Austin.

"The Duggars are very pro-life. They turn up to abortion clinics and hold signs on the street. They choose to tell everyone else what should be considered life and then ignore one of the 'lives' they created. It’s hypocritical."

Austin, Joy

But perhaps whether or not Jim Bob and Michelle mention one child they never got to meet or another is beside the point.

For the Duggars to use the language that they did is odd for pro-life activists who usually use language designed to reinforce the idea that a fetus is a person already.

Were they just ... tired? Did they task some intern or family friend to make the post on their behalf?

Who knows.

Fans can all agree that, for most families, the language used to describe Joy-Anna's upcoming maternity wouldn't be unusual.

But surely the entire world can agree that the Duggars are not most families.

Derick Dillard’s Homophobia Sinks to New Low, Even For Him

Remember when Derick Dillard was fired by TLC for making bigoted comments on Twitter?

Well, apparently he doesn't!

Derick Dillard, Awful Haircut and Cookie Dough

Or at the very least he remains totally unconcerned with the effect his views might have on his career and public reputation.

Earlier this week, Derick took to social media to promote a speaking engagement by Ricky Chelette a controversial preacher who's a big proponent of the appalling practice of attempting to turn gay teens straight through "conversion therapy."

"Tomorrow night we will have an opportunity to hear from Rickey Chelette on same-sex attraction," Derick wrote.

"7:30 pm in the Arvest Building!"

Fans were quick to remind Derick of what a widely-reviled figure Chelette is.

Derick Dillard and his boys on Christmas

One fan commented, "Isn't this the 'pray away the gay' guy???"

Derick typically isn't one to shy away from conflict, but he's been doing his best to dodge questions about Chelette's more revolting beliefs:

"Our church invites ALL to come. I’m open to all who would join our family," he replied to one fan.

Yes, the Duggars invite "ALL to come."

So stay tuned for next week's keynote address from Rupaul.

Here's the thing:

Jill Dillard and Derick

It's easy for Derick to be glib about his beliefs now, when he still has a bank account full of reality star money.

But soon enough, the Dillards will be 100% reliant on donations from fans in order to keep food on the table.

They already lost a lot of followers thanks to Derick's transphobic views, and now he's doubling down and alienating what few faithful fans he has left.

The Duggars have always espoused abhorrent views, but they're usually more social media savvy than this.

If he keeps this up, Derick may soon suffer a fate worse than being exiled like the Duggars eldest son, Josh.

That's right: he will soon be forced to get ... a real job!!!

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV's most controversial family.

Jana Duggar: "Creepy" Valentine’s Day Gift Grosses Fans Out

In recent months, a slew of Jana Duggar courtship rumors piqued the interest of fans who have spent years awaiting news that she eldest Duggar daughter has found Mr. Right.

Unfortunately, it seems all that optimism was unfounded, as the Duggars recently confirmed that Jana is still single with a gesture that some fans are describing as "creepy" and "weird."

Jana Duggar Velentine's Day Pic

On Monday, the family posted the above photo of Jana with a massive floral arrangement.

Fans were initially excited, believing that the roses were a Valentine's Day gift from a suitor.

However, a caption written by Jana's parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, revealed that that wasn't quite the case.

“Jana received SO MANY beautiful valentine flowers from her brothers on Valentine’s day!” the caption read.

Yes, it seems Jana's brothers sent her flowers, a gesture that some fans found heart-warming and others found super gross.

Jana Duggar Smirk

Some were simply disappointed that Jana hasn't actually found the man of her dreams:

“Dang….thought she had a special guy in her life for a second,” commented one.

“I thought she had someone,” wrote another.

Others felt that Jana's brothers overstepped their bounds by sending a romantic present.

“That’s a little creepy,” wrote one follower.

“Sweet but a little weird to get flowers from your brothers!!!” remarked another.

Jana Duggar Selfie

Needless to say, the fan reactions to the photo varied widely:

“She helped to raise most of those boys. Wouldn’t you give flowers to your mother figure? How is it creepy?” wrote one Duggar defender.

Another fan blamed Jana's parents and their strict courtship rules for the fact that that 27-year-old is still single.

“How is she waiting for mister right when she is not allowed to go anywhere, the guy has to be approved by Jim Bob. Mister right isn’t going to just come knocking on the door or drop out of the sky,” reads one comment.

Believe it or not, the Duggars love Valentine's Day, and the tradition of single family members exchanging gifts is a long-standing one.

This year, however, fans had hoped that the Counting On clan would mark the occasion by revealing that Jana had finally entered a relationship.

Jana Duggar: Counting On!

Reports that Jana is dating Caleb Williams have been all over social media in recent months.

While Jana never came out and confirmed the rumors, she also never expressly denied them, which was enough to give some fans hope.

Unfortunately, it now looks as though the "Cinderella Duggar" is still very much a single woman.

Hey, at least she gets a nice floral arrangement in exchange for all the work she does around the compound.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.

Michelle Duggar: SLAMMED For Negligent Parenting!

Michelle Duggar is a busy woman.

In addition to being the mother of an astonishing twenty children, Michelle is the queen of a multi-million dollar media empire.

Of course, there are times when these two aspects of Michelle's life come into direct conflict with one another, and they collided in a major way last week.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

It all started when Michelle was invited to address a group of mothers at a religious retreat.

She wrote about the experience on Facebook, and some fans took issue with the reality star's comments:

"As a busy mom with a growing family through the years, I never imagined me being the one to talk to crowds! My days were filled with all the daily chores of being a mom," Michelle wrote.

"Yet, I am so thankful for the opportunity to share our story with others and encourage moms in their faith, their marriages and raising their children."

Seems innocent enough, right?

Jim Bob, Michelle on Facebook

Unfortunately for Michelle, pretty much nothing she does is above criticism.

The issue this time is that many fans believe the Duggar matriarch is not as busy as she claims.

For one thing, Michelle is known for having her older kids assist with parenting duties.

It's a controversial method that she calls the buddy system.

So in addition to their extensive lists of chores the older Duggar kids who are still at home are each assigned one younger child to look after.

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar on Vacation

Jana Duggar seems to have been burdened with the majority of the house and has earned the nickname "the Cinderella Duggar" as a result of her tireless devotion to her younger siblings.

“I love the show but let’s face it you couldn’t have raised such a big family without the older girls who did so much of the work,” wrote one fan on Michelle's Facebook post.

“It is not a child’s job to be a mom for the younger siblings,” another remarked.

“A child should do chores, have fun and go to school, homework is their job, not to be a mom’s replacement just because the parents were so selfish that they decided to have child after child.”

“Wow I absolutely do not agree that a baby at 6 [months] should be weaned and then you work on its replacement,” a third remarked, adding: 

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar: NOT Divorced!

“Having older daughters help is one thing but to just basically adopt out your infant is ridiculous.”

Obviously, Michelle hasn't responded to the backlash, and as Duggar controversies go, this one is pretty minor.

Still, it points to a growing trend that's likely got the whole family feeling a little uneasy these days.

With just days to go until the premiere of Counting On Season 7, fans are not as forgiving of the Duggars flaws as they once were.

That could mean trouble for a family whose livelihood depends on their reputation.

Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for what may well be the show's final season.

Jill Duggar Drops Hint That She’s Pregnant With Baby #3!

Duggar pregnancy rumors seem to circulate nonstop these days, and for the most part, they're easily dismissed.

After all, this is a family that celebrates procreation above all things.

The Dillards Pic

So when they have pregnancy news to share, they usually do so pretty promptly.

These days, it seems fans are most interested in rumors regarding the newlywed Duggar women who are expecting their first children.

But they still find time to scrutinize the social media pages of Jill and Jessa, the first Duggar women of their generation to welcome children.

These days, the rumor mill is convinced that Jill is secretly expecting her third child.

Now, Jill pregnancy rumors seem to pop up at the rate of about one per month, but this time fans actually have pretty good reason to believe she might be in a family way.

Derick Dillard on the Gram

That's a photo that Derick Dillard posted on Instagram last week.

You might be wondering how a pic of her husband could possibly tip off fans that Jill is expecting.

But look closely at the background, and you'll notice what appears to be a bottle of prenatal vitamins.

“Is Jill pregnant again or is she taking the prenatal vitamins because she’s nursing?” one follower asked.

Several fans ran with the speculation and jumped to the conclusion that Jill is knocked up.

Dillard Family Picture

Others pointed out that there could be other reasons she's taking the vitamins:

“I take prenatals while nursing. Also if you read the bottle it says to take before, during, and after pregnancy," commented one fan.

Whatever the case, it probably won't be long before Jill has another big announcement for fans.

She and Derick have both stated that they'd like to follow in her mother's footsteps and have an extremely large family.

(Jill, as we probably don't have to remind you, is one of 20 siblings.)

Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar in DC

But the Dillards procreation plans may have recently suffered a setback.

Derick was fired by TLC late last year after attacking fellow network star Jazz Jennings on Twitter.

It now looks as though Jill won't be returning for another season of the family's reality show, either.

Jill isn't featured in the promotional materials for the series, and Derick has hinted that she quit in a display of solidarity.

She may regret that decision, as it currently looks as though the Dillards are living on donations from fans - a situation that's sure to make them think twice about welcoming another child.

Watch Counting On online to relive Jill and Derick's happier days.

Jinger Duggar at 18 Weeks: Check Out My "Bell Pepper!"

Jinger Duggar is nearly halfway home, folks.

Or, to be more specific, Jinger Duggar's impending bundle of joy is nearly halfway home.

Jinger Duggar at 18 Weeks

The young reality star has updated fans on the status of her pregnancy, sharing a new photo on Instagram on Saturday that depicts her standing alongside a chalkboard.

We can see a baby bump just starting to form underneath her black shirt, while we can also be treated to a science lesson from Jinger at the same time.

"Update on Baby Vuolo," she wrote as a simple caption to the snapshot above, which includes a message of its own.

At 18 weeks, Jinger informs us, a baby is the size of a bell pepper.

Sort of interesting, right?

(And, no, for the medical record, it does not matter if said pepper is red, green or yellow.)

This is the first baby bump glimpse Jinger has given us since her fetus turned 15 weeks old, as you can see below:

Jinger Duggar Baby Bump

Jinger and husband Jeremy Vuolo announced they were expecting in early January.

They did so via a very cute snapshot of the couple and a sign that said, appropriately, "We're expecting."

In a follow-up statement to Us Weekly, the twosome - who got married in late 2016 - told the tabloid:

“The past 14 months have been the best of our lives as we have had the wonderful privilege of beginning our journey through life together in marriage.

"We both looked forward to the joys of marriage but neither one of us fully understood just how amazing the start of this journey would be."

Having barely even held hands prior to exchanging vows, Jinger and Jeremy eventually had the sort of sex that leads to a baby.

"Truly, the Lord’s mercies are new every morning! Now, the journey has taken an exciting turn: We are expecting our first child!" they added in this statement, concluding at the time:

"We are praising God for this beautiful gift and ask that you join us in praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy."

Jinger Duggar Is Pregnant!

For the Duggar family, of course, waiting over a year after marriage to get pregnant is equivalent to a lifetime.

(By comparison, for example, Joy-Anna Duggar got pregnant just three months after getting hitched.)

As a result, some judgemental social media trolls have been shaming Jinger over her pregnancy, much to the chagrin of viewers who have followed this TLC personality since she was a young teenager.

Thankfully, in response to this new snapshot, almost all comments have been positive and supportive.

Jinger and Jeremy Image

“You’re carrying high @jingervuolo! I bet it’s a girl!” predicted one excited follower.

Added another: "Omg you got a belly as if you were having a girl."

Interesting, huh?

Jinger is yet to confirm the gender of her baby. We're guessing she doesn't even know what it is herself.

But we'll all find out in about 22 weeks!

Exciting stuff.

Anna Duggar Ditches Josh For Valentine’s Day, Earns Applause From Fans

In the two years since the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five young girls, his wife, Anna Duggar has stood by his side.

Needless to say, she's taken quite a bit of flak for that decision.

Josh and Anna Duggar with Family

In fact, when Anna welcomed her fifth child in September of last year, many went so far as to claim that she's as bad as Josh for putting yet another child in harm's way.

We understand the critics' frustration, but it's important to remember that Anna is one of Josh's many victims, and she lives in a world where divorce is believed to be on par with murder.

So we're willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she feels she has no choice but to be loyal to her disgraced husband.

But just as fans had finally resigned themselves to the situation, Anna began to give indications that she's through putting up with Josh's crap.

Anna Duggar Valentine's Day Post

The mother of five posted the above photo of her children earlier this week, and it's prompted speculation that she and Josh are on the outs.

For one thing, the image was posted on Valentine's Day, and yet Josh is nowhere to be seen.

Since Anna very rarely posts on social media these days, and since the Duggars' love for Valentine's Day is well-known the widespread theory is that this is Anna's way of sending a subtle message about the state of her marriage.

“Such cute kiddos, what a shame that Turd is their father,” one follower commented.

“Anna literally hasn’t posted [on Instagram] for two years and then she’s posted three times in the last week. I bet something’s going on behind the scenes, the Duggars are wily like that.”

Josh and Anna Image

Sadly, it's still highly unlikely that Anna will ever leave Josh.

“[The Duggars] always taught their kids that divorce was never an option,” a source previously told People.

“They never even thought about cheating. But that’s not how life works.”

Well, Josh certainly thought about cheating, but those who know the couple best say the possibility of leaving him has still never crossed Anna's mind.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.

Jessa Duggar & Ben Seewald: Slammed For Endagering Kids AGAIN!

It's been a full year since Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald welcomed their second child, and the couple has been subjected to a non-stop torrent of criticism ever since. 

Part of the problem is that Jessa and Ben are members of the famous/infamous Duggar clan, meaning their every move is dissected in search of potential controversies.

The Seewalds Celebrate the Forsyths!

But part of the problem is that Jessa and Ben really do make some questionable decisions as parents.

When fans criticize Jessa's messy home, that's a case in which their just zeroing in on minor Duggar controversies for target practice so that they'll be ready to take aim when something major happens.

When folks are worried that Jessa's not properly homeschooling her kids, that might come from a place of genuine concern.

We'll leave it up to you decide which category the most recent mini-scandal falls into.

It all started when "fans" (read: stalkers) noticed something interesting about Jessa and Ben's address.

Jessa and Ben Seewald Date Night

Apparently, a glance at Google Maps reveals that ther house is located right next to a stretch of Interstate 49 that's known to be one of the most dangerous in the country.

The aerial view also reveals that the Seewalds don't have a fence around their property.

Naturally, these facts sent Duggar obsessives into a tizzy.

But the question remains - are they worried about the safety of toddler Spurgeon and baby Henry, or do they just enjoy ragging on Jessa and Ben?

Not surprisingly, this is far from the first parenting controversy the Seewalds have been involved in in recent weeks.

Ben Seewald, Sons

In an Instagram story posted last week Jessa shared an Instagram story in which eldest son Spurgeon reads a book.

(This may have been in response to claims that her children are not being properly educated.)

The video showed Henry playing in what appeared to be a clean and empty fireplace.

Despite the fact that the child was in no immediate danger, Jessa's followers absolutelt lost their mnds.

"Am I the only one who noticed the baby playing in the fireplace?!" one commenter wrote.

Duggar-Seewald Family

"So cute. But the baby at the fireplace," remarked another

"Meanwhile, the baby is playing with the fireplace!!" a third commented.

Yes, such is life for Jessa Duggar.

You'd think she would just make her social media accounts private, but then she wouldn't be doing her part to promote the family brand.

Watch Counting On online for more on Jessa and Ben's controversial parenting techniques.

Duggar Family: Do They Even SEE Josh’s Kids?

It's been nearly three years since the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five girls - four of whom were his sisters.

But for obvious reasons, the appalling scandal remains fresh in the minds of many former Duggar fans.

Anna, Josh Duggar Pic

These days, the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle lives in virtual exile.

Josh works on a used car lot owned by his family, and while he still lives in Arkansas, he doesn't spend nearly as much time with his parents and siblings as he once did.

In fact, Josh sightings are so rare at the Duggar compound that it seems even the family's most devoted fans have forgotten the 29-year-old exists.

As you're probably aware, multiple Duggar women are expecting children these days, and a recent online conversation about their pregnancies revealed the extent to which Josh is no longer on the minds of Counting On viewers.

Fans on Facebook commented on a recent post made by the family with predictions about the genders of Joy-Anna, Jinger, and Kendra's babies.

Anna, Josh Duggar

“Lots of grandboys,” one fan wrote.

“I’m betting Jinger has the first girl! Or maybe Joy.”

“In all fairness, it’s been a long string of boys,” another commented

“The girls are sorely outnumbered!”

It was only then that a third fan pointed out that Jim Bob and Michelle have already welcomed two female grandchildren.

“You’re forgetting Mckenzie and Meredith,” 

Josh Duggar Family Photo

The apparent Josh amnesia amongst obsessive Duggar fans might be attributed to a number of different causes:

It could be that these fans simply prefer to forget about Josh.

After all, the disgraced former lobbyist no doubt inflicted immeasurable trauma on his sisters, to say nothing of the fact that he nearly single-handedly destroyed his family's media empire.

It's not hard to see why fans might prefer to pretend he never existed.

Of course, selective memory is just one possible reason that Josh and his family aren't at the forefront of some fans' minds.

Some fans seem to believe that the Duggars would prefer they never mention Josh.

Anna Duggar with Josh Duggar

In all likelihood, Josh makes so few appearances on his family's social media pages for practical reasons, but discussions in online Reddit boards reveal that many Duggar obsessives believe Josh is such a painful part of the family's past that they would prefer to pretend he doesn't exist.

Another possible reason - and perhaps the most likely explanation - is that Josh is not on fans' minds for the simple reason that these days, he has very little interaction with the famous branch of his family tree.

He lives outside of town, and not only has he never appeared on his family's reality show, he rarely pops up on his sisters' social media pages.

Since those are the primary means through which Duggars interact with their fans, it's not hard to see how Josh might get confined to the dustbin of history.

We just hope both fans and family members will bear in mind that his children have done nothing wrong and do not deserve to be exiled.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most famous family.

Counting On Season 7 Preview: The Duggars Need EXTRA Chaperones!

Well, it's almost that time of year.

A new season of Counting On is nearly upon us, and it seems longtime viewers may be in for some surprises:

Now, that might sound impossible.

After all, not a day goes by without the family revealing some sort of courtship, marriage, or pregnancy news on social media.

But like the Kardashians before them, the Duggars are savvy enough to keep some details of their lives under wraps.

You don't hear Kris Jenner-Jim Bob Duggar comparisons too often in life, but they're running the same playbook here.

Fans still need a reason to tune into the family reality show to get the full story, right? Of course. Case in point:

Who would've guessed we would ever hear the Duggars admitting to their need for additional chaperones?

Counting On: TLC Promo Image

As fans of the family are no doubt aware, Duggar courtship rules forbid just about all forms of physical contact before marriage.

But the guidelines aren't always so easy to enforce. 

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell married in September, but the early episodes of CO S7 find them in the final weeks of their engagement.

And, like Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth before them, it seems they're not finding it easy to keep their hands to themselves.

“I would say when you’re engaged you almost need more chaperones because you’re getting closer,” Kendra tells the camera.

“The desires are getting stronger.”

Joseph and Kendra Dugger Picture

(The pair acted on those desires pretty efficiently after tying the knot; Kendra is pregnant with their first child already right now.)

It's interesting that the Duggars would choose to acknowledge the harsh nature of their dating directives in light of recent events.

This has been source of controversy in recent months, due in large part to the "shotgun wedding" rumors surrounding Joy-Anna.

Did she really have premarital sex?!

We may never know, but she appears in the trailer and reminds fans of just how rough the ultra-strict Duggar courtship rules can be.

Austin, Joy

“During our relationship, all the way up to our wedding day, we have never been alone together,” Joy tells the TLC cameras.

With that being the entirety of their romance, "it was really amazing being on our honeymoon and just being by ourselves.”

All of this candor from the Tontitown, Arkansas crew isn't the only thing that's shaping up to be different about Season 7.

As many fans have pointed out, the promotional materials released by the network contain some noteworthy absences.

One major one in particular ...

Jill Duggar Rocks Gold Shoes

Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard are nowhere to be seen, but that's not unexpected, as Derick was fired by TLC.

Making numerous inappropriate comments about fellow network star Jazz Jennings on social media got him the heave-ho.

What is surprising is that the OG Duggars, Jim Bob and Michelle, appear to be MIA as well from clips and photos as well.

Did the parents of 19 get the boot?

Viewers have speculated that the show is returning to its roots by focusing on Jim Bob and Michelle's eldest children.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

To be honest, Jim Bob and Michelle aren't exactly beloved figures these days; Josh Duggar's sex scandals tarnished them too.

While they'll always be a major presence in the lives of their kids and grandkids, sidelining them in part may be deliberate.

TLC knows what the people want - and don't want.

Perhaps Jessa Duggar best summarizes what fans can expect from the long-anticipated seventh season of Counting On:

"We've had a lot of exciting things happen in our family in the last few months, and you never know what's around the corner," she says.

Jana, Jessa and Jinger Duggar

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the once uber-predictable family has actually been throwing fans some curveballs lately.

But if it all sounds a bit overwhelming, fear not, Duggar Nation:

There's still some riveting, edge-of-your-seat drama involving Jeremy Vuolo moving books into his office or something.

That should be enough to slow your heart rate back down.

Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar: Ties to Child Abuse Scandal Exposed?!

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hold a number of controversial views.

In fact, the parents of 20 are almost as well-known for their eccentric worldview as for their love of procreation.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

Many of the Duggars' most hotly debated ideas have to do with their unusual take on child-rearing.

In addition to the famous Duggar courtship rules, Jim Bob and Michelle advocate a number of controversial corporal punishment techniques.

Back in 2015, Michelle was criticized for her espousal of "blanket training," a practice in which children as young as six months old are instructed to remain seated on a blanket and struck if they refuse to comply.

Blanket training was originally devised by Michael and Debi Pearl, authors of the bestselling parenting book To Train Up a Child.

Critics of the Pearls accuse them of advocating some of the most brutal forms of child abuse and neglect.

Jim Bob and Michelle Today

The New York Times reports that in 2011, their book was found in the homes of three children who had died from child abuse.

The Duggars effectively distanced themselves from the Pearls following the blanket training scandal, but now it appears they've decided its safe to get back in their old friends' corner.

Last week, their daughter Joy-Anna Duggar's ties to the Pearls were revealed when she promoted a speaking engagement of theirs that's scheduled to take place at a facility owned by her in-laws.

On Monday, Jim Bob and Michelle also promoted the appearance on their Facebook page.

"This makes me so sad,” one user wrote on the post. “The Pearls literally promote hitting babies, actual babies. They are child abusers. Why you would promote their evil and cruel practices is mind boggling

“Why are you promoting child abuse?" another remarked.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar: NOT Divorced!

"I hope every single one of you participating in the Pearls’ abusive ways are arrested and spend significant time in prison. Those poor Duggar children.”

In an impassioned interview with Radar Online, Michael Pearl defended his views and teachings:

“The book has sold well over 1 million copies,” he told the outlet.

“A lot of families are being blessed by the content. They say it’s the best thing that ever happened to their family, including grown people who were raised with the principles in that book.

"Those adults are now training their children.”

Michelle, Jim Bob Duggar Photo

Pearl added:

"I teach not to punish your children. It’s a whole comprehensive approach to child training. Physical discipline is a small part of it.”

It seems unlikely, of course, that anyone who believes the Pearls' are responsible for the deaths of several small children will be persuaded by that argument.

At this time, the post promoting the Pearls' appearance in Arkansas has not been removed from the Duggars' Facebook page.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.

Michelle Duggar: Her Life Before Jim Bob Exposed!

These days Michelle Duggar is the very picture of peity and domesticity.

But the mother of twenty's past isn't as squeaky clean as you might expect.

Sources say Michelle has cut ties with the family that raised her and is doing her best to distance herself form her upbringing.

But it's hard to keep anything a secret when your one of reality TV's mst famous moms...

1. Jim Bob's Bride

Michelle and jim bob 1984
These days, Michelle lives a life of quiet domesticity. But her past wasn't always quite so peaceful.

2. Michelle the Cheerleader

Michelle duggar in high school
Michelle was the one who decided her daughters should only wear below-the-knee skirts. Interestingly, she didn't always follow such a strict dress code herself.

3. She Wore What?!

Jim bob duggar and michelle duggar on vacation
And it wasn't just while she was cheerleading that Michelle refused to cover up. "The neighbors used to complain because she would mow the lawn in her bikini and wear short skirts," a neighbor tells Star magazine.

4. The Rebel

Jim bob and michelle duggar kitchen hug
It seems Michelle's parents were no fans of her fashion sense. "They were always trying to get her to cover up her legs," says the source. So THAT'S where she gets it!

5. The Protesant Reformation

Michelle duggar and jim bob duggar photo
Michelle has changed so much since marrying Jim Bob that those who knew her growing up say they can hardly believe it. "I've seen commercials for the show, but I never in a million years would've believed that's Michelle," says former classmate Joe Roblee.

6. A Modest Wedding

Jim bob and michelle duggar wedding pics
Of course, Michelle put all that behind her when she met Jim Bob. The two were married on July 21, 1984 after just a few months of dating. But as much as she's tried to leave her past behind her, reminders of her former life still pop up from time to time.
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Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Pay Birthday Tribute to Son Tyler: We Didn’t Forget This Time!

There are many challenges that come with raising 20 children.

You have to feed and clothe a small army, you have to yell out the right name when you're angry, which is often a challenge even for parents with regular-sized families...

... and of course, you have to remember 20 different birthdays.

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar on Vacation

Lately, that last task has proven a considerable challenge for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

Yes, despite their claims of being the planet's foremost super parents, the Duggars have been forgetting birthdays lately.

But don't worry, they've been doing their damnedest to cover their tracks.

First, they spaced on Jordyn Duggars' birthday, and hastily threw together a last-minute celebration.

Shortly thereafter, Joseph Duggar turned 23, and his parents obviously forgot about his big day entirely.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

They compensated by posting a video with a Jay Leno impersonator they'd just happened to run into, which sounds like something only the drunkest of stepdads would attempt to get away with.

Needless to say, the Duggars took quite a bit of flak, for their recent lapses in memory.

So it should come as no surprise that they've taken steps to ensure that no such errors occur again.

After all, forgetting your kids' birthdays is one thing - being called out as anything other than models of perfect parenting is quite another.

Many fans of the family aren't even aware of this, but back in 2016, the Duggars adopted a 20th child.

His name is Tyler Duggar and he celebrated his 10th birthday over the weekend.

Tyler Duggar on Facebook

Newly self-conscious about assuring the world that they remember the dates all their kids were born, the Duggars took to social media to pay tribute to Tyler.

The Duggars posted the above photo on Facebook, along with a caption praising the newest addition to their massive brood:

"Happy 10th birthday Tyler, a whole decade now!" Michelle and Jim Bob wrote.

"You are such a joy and a delight! We are so thankful for you! We wish you a happy birthday and look forward to another great year!!" 

Comments on the post served as a reminder that many fans were not aware of Tyler's existence:

Tyler Duggar

"Happy Birthday young man...Tyler. But, who is Tyler? All Duggar names start with a J," one fan wrote.

"Who is Tyler? I thought all there [sic] kids' names started with a J? Did they adopt?" another remarked.

So it looks like the Duggars haven't been very good about celebrating all things Tyler on social media.

But hey, at least they remembered his birthday!

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.

Duggar Family: New Counting On Promo Stuns Fans!

It's hard to think of a famous family more secretive than the Duggars.

Sure they have their reality show and their tens of millions of social media followers, but there are many aspects of their lives that they work hard to keep private.

For obvious reasons, they're not always successful in that endeavor.

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

Of course, keeping a lower profile would mean failing to properly promote their reality show, and thus allowing the foundation of their media empire to crumble.

So the Duggars make do with the fact that sometimes, the public will intrude on their private lives a bit more than they would prefer.

These days, with a new season of Counting On soon to premiere, the Duggar marketing machine is running non-stop.

But as always, Jim Bob and company are being cagey about which details of the upcoming episodes they choose to share with the public.

Over the weekend, a new promotional pic for the new season was revealed, and Duggar obsessives picked up on some very surprising details.

Counting On: TLC Promo Image

For one, it looks like the show will be getting back to basics.

Unlike 19 Kids and Counting, the original intent of Counting On was to focus on Michelle and Jim Bob's older kids (with the obvious exception of Josh Duggar, who's still in exile).

The next thing that fans zeroed in on was the obvious absence of Jill Duggar.

Jill's husband, Derick Dillard, was fired from the show back in November after harassing fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings on Twitter.

Derick stated that Jill wouldn't be returning to Counting On either, but many fans doubted if the Dillards would stick to their guns on that one.

Duggar Family Photo: A Classic!

After all, this is a family with such serious financial constraints that they've been forced to rely on donations from fans to get by.

Counting On was their primary source of income, and it's likely that these days, Jill and Derick are struggling.

Other details fans took note of were less revealing, but still indicates that the show is headed in a different direction this season.

For one thing, there's Joy-Anna Duggar's attire.

Several commenters pointed out that she's wearing a much shorter skirt than we typically see on the Duggar women,

Duggar Family Reunion Pic

That may not sound like a big deal, but this is a family that's made the importance of "modest attire" a big part of their brand and public persona.

A Duggar in a short skirt is a major sign that the times are changing, even in Tontitown, Arkansas.

Recently some of the Duggar women have taken to wearing pants, but the rebellious legwear is nowhere to be seen in the promo pic, and may not make it on screen this season.

Jim Bob is still an executive producer, after all.

Finally, the presence of Joseph Duggar's wife, Kendra Caldwell, is being taken as an indication that the show will shift its focus to their relationship this season.

We guess that's one of the advantages of being reality TV's biggest family - you never run out of new storylines.

Watch Counting On online in order to get caught up for the big premiere on February 26.