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Derick Dillard: CAUGHT Cheating on Jill Duggar?!

The Duggar family is almost as well known for its strict code of conduct as for its massive size.

Many, if not most, of the rules the Duggars and their spouses are forced to abide by have to do with their sex lives.

You're probably familiar with the Duggar courtship rules that prohibit virtually all forms of premarital physical contact.

But interestingly, men are granted a surprising amount of freedom once they've said "I do."

Which may be why one of the most infamous Duggar couples is still together -- despite rampant rumors that Derick Dillard has been caught cheating on Jill Duggar.

Here's what we know about the situation thus far:

1. Happier Times

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Jill and Derick got married back in 2014. In the years since, they've performed missionary work together in Central America and welcomed two sons.

2. Leaving the Spotlight

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Last year, Derick was fired from Counting On after bullying a fellow TLC star on social media. Jill quit the show as a sign of solidarity.

3. The Strain

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The couple was left with no source of income, a situation that reportedly placed their marriage under considerable stress.

4. The Rumors Begin

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It was around this time that the rumors of Derick being unfaithful to Jill first began to make their way around social media.

5. Big D on Campus

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Derick began doing work on college campuses as part of his church's ministry program, and it wasn't long before signs of inappropriate relations with female students surfaced online.

6. Caught in the Act

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The most damning piece of evidence was this video of Derick partying and dancing with young women with Jill nowhere in sight.
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Derick Dillard Makes Jill Duggar Sit Through Law School Class, Calls It a Date

Most people have been on a horrendous date or two in their lives.

Maybe the guy conveniently left his wallet at home, or you made reservations at a steakhouse before finding out your date's a vegetarian.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard in Class

But no matter how many boring or awkward nights you've been forced to endure, you can probably say that no one ever forced you to find a babysitter just so you can sit next to them during a class or tort reform or some similarly boring BS.

The photo above was posted on Derick Dillard's Instagram page on Wednesday.

He captioned the pic:

"Glad my favorite study buddy @jillmdillard was able to come to class yesterday! You’ve gotta find alone time (no kids) whenever you can! Thanks @jessaseewald for babysitting!"

Jill and Derick Dillard with Family
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Yes, Derick Dillard is in law school these days, and since men of the Duggar clan don't do anything without the help of their women, he apparently brings Jill to class with him.

Because every harried stay-at-home mom who homeschools her kids dreams of getting a night off so that she can sit there and take notes for her husband.

Commenters on the pic were understandably curious as to why in the hell Derick would drag Jill along on such an incredibly lame "date."

The most likely answer, of course, is that Jesus instructed him to bore the hell out of his wife.

Derick Dillard with Jill

As you may recall Derick has claimed that God wants him to go to law school.

Presumably, this is so that he can fight for school children to be taught that the Earth is 6,000 years old and Jesus invented the AR-15 while feeding his brontosaurus.

Anyway, Duggar men are taught from a young age that God wants them to be obscenely wealthy and if they're faithful enough, he'll set them on the path to fame and fortune.

(Kind of goes against the many passages in the Bible in which Jesus condemns those who amass large amounts of wealth, but that's a conversation for another time.)

Jill M. Duggar and Derick Dillard

Conversely, Duggar women are told that their role in life is to be submissive and do as they're told.

Their purpose on this planet, according to the Duggars' brand of fundamentalism, is to help their husbands get rich.

And so, if Derick wants Jill to help him take notes in class, she would likely see that as her divinely-ordained duty.

So we guess that her date nights will look a lot like this for the next few years.

Hopefully, she'll be able to hold onto that fake smile.

The Duggars: Abusing Their Children With Controversial "Pearl" Method?

Whether you're a fan of Counting On or you simply watch the Duggars from a safe distance out of morbid curiosity, you're probably aware that the family's child-rearing methods have been a frequent source of controversy.

Practices such as "blanket training" and other forms of systematic abuse have led to calls for boycotts and even demands for a full CPS investigation.

But the Duggars have refused to shy away or even issue a public apology.

And now, according to a new report from In Touch Weekly, it looks as though Jim Bob and Michelle's grown children might be practicing the same techniques that were used to quite literally whip them into shape in their own youth.

And fans are terrified that the continued practice of these methods will eventually result in tragedy ...

1. The Originators

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Jim Bob and Michelle have strict views on child-rearing and family hierarchies that were formed in part by their involvement with Bill Gothard's Institute for Basic Life Principles.

2. The Fallen Idol

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Gothard is a disgraced former minister who was drummed out his own organization after being accused of abuse and sexual assault by dozens of employees.

3. The Stubborn Ones

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Despite the scandal, Jim Bob and Michelle have remained true to Gothard's teachings, including two beliefs that have attracted a considerable amount of criticism in recent years.

4. Full Quivers

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Gothard is the originator of the Quiverfull Movement, which holds that women are put on this planet for the sole purpose of birthing as many children as possible.

5. A Dangerous Proposition

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According to Gothard's teachings, women are to continue having children well into middle-age, regardless of threats to their health or their babies'.

6. Pearls Before Swine

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It was also Gothard who directed Jim Bob and Michelle to the controversial teachings of self-proclaimed child-rearing experts Debi and Michael Pearl.
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Derick Dillard to Fans: Don’t Watch the Sinful FILTH on TLC!

It' been almost a year since Jill Duggar's husband, Derick Dillard, was fired by TLC, but it seems the former reality star's distaste for the network that made his in-laws famous is just as potent as ever.

As The Ashley's Reality Roundup points out, Derick is so disgusted by the content offered by his former home network that he's now calling for a boycott.

It seems Derick would like to see Counting On get picked up by a different network with less "worldly" content.

We're sure Dillard's objections are purely moral and the fact that a new network might be open to re-hiring him is merely a bonus.

Check out the gallery below for the latest on D-Dill's kamikaze campaign to bring to settle the score with TLC:

1. The Jobless Dad

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Derick Dillard hasn't worked since being fired from Counting On back in November of 2017.

2. Jazz Hater

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The decision to ax Derick came as a result of a bigoted tirade that Dillard launched against fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.

3. Turns Out Raising Kids Is Expensive

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There was a time when Jill and Derick had zero income, which is a problem, as the couple has two young sons.

4. Making It Work

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These days, Jill is shilling for beauty brands on her Instagram page, but the income is nothing like what she's accustomed to from her years as a reality star.

5. Lawyer for the Lord

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After nearly a year of unemployment, Derick finally has some irons in the fire. He's planning to attend law school, telling fans that he was instructed to do so by God.

6. Nursing a Grudge

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But despite the fact that his life is finally back on the upswing, Derick remains seriously pissed off at the network that forced him to pursue a real line of work ...
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Jill Duggar Announces Birth of Another Family Baby!

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are already parents to Israel and Samuel, and have taught their boys all about "God's plan for sex" using a hate-filled children's book.

It turns out that this fundamentalist take on sex education came just in time, because the Dillard family had another baby on the way.

Now, Jill has gleefully announced, the new baby has been born.

Jill Duggar as a Mama

"So excited for another Dillard baby!! …" Jill wrote on Instagram beside a black-and-white photo of the newborn.

The baby, of course, is not hers.

Jill's post continued: "Congrats @deena.dillard and @justdand."

Those are Denna and Dan Dillard, her in-laws through her husband, Derick.

She also shared her nephew's name, writing: "We can’t wait to meet baby Jax!"

Jill concluded her congratulatory post with the hashtags: "#firstDillardcousin #jaxonmichaeldillard"

Jax Dillard Black and White baby Pic

Jax's mom also had some happy words to share.

"We are so excited to introduce Jaxon Michael Dillard to the world," Deena writes on Instagram.

"He came at 9:11pm on Sept 5th," Deena shares. "He weighs 6lbs 7oz and is 19 inches long."

"He's absolutely perfect in every way," Deena gushes. Awww!

"During our skin to skin time," Deena adds. "@justdand prayed the sweetest prayer of thanksgiving and blessing over our little family."

"We are so grateful for God's sweet blessing of Baby Jax," Deena concludes.

Jax Dillard, Dan Dillard, Deena Dillard Photo

Not content to write an Instagram post, Jill also took to her family blog to congratulate Deena and Dan.

"We are so excited for Dan and Deena (Derick’s brother and sister-in-law) on their new arrival!" Jill writes.

"Israel and Samuel are thrilled to have their first Dillard cousin," Jill adds. "And we are so excited to have our first Dillard nephew!"

Jill reveals that they haven't seen little Jax in person yet, but writes: "We all look forward to meeting him soon!"

"Y’all are such great parents already and we are so happy for you," Jill writes to the new parents. "Welcome to this wonderful parenting journey!"

Jax Dillard

Jill and Derick and Deena and Dan are no strangers to congratulating each other.

"I would like to wish my sister-in-law @jillmdillard the happiest of birthdays!" Deena wrote on Jill's birthday, back in May.

Though Derick's bigoted attacks had gotten the couple in trouble, Deena sang Jill's praises, writing: "She is a wonderful mother who loves Jesus so much!"

Deena even praised Jill and Derick's missionary work, adding: "She’s even willing to raise her kiddos in the most challenging conditions in order to bring the Gospel to the nations."

"We are blessed to know her," Deena concluded at the time.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Kiss Photo

Derick and Jill are controversial, even compared to other Duggar family couples.

Their missionary work raised some eyebrows from fans who are concerned about their parenting -- and from others who want to know why the couple is always begging fans for cash.

Derick's transphobic attacks on fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings were not only despicable (what grown man tweets attacks on a teenage girl?), but ended the couple's reality television career.

A lot of fans -- even those who genuinely like Derick and Jill despite everything -- aren't confident that they know what they're doing when it comes to raising children.

But it's nice to see them celebrate a normal family milestone. They have their very first Dillard nibling! Maybe their kids will be close with Jax.

Jill Duggar: Did She Just Confirm That Derick Dillard Cheated?!

For several months now, rumors of Derick Dillard cheating on his wife, Jill Duggar, have been a frequent topic of conversation among Counting On fans on social media.

While these reports are based almost entirely on claims from anonymous sources and speculation from fans, they seem to have gained a considerable amount of traction online.

Jill Duggar's "Sexy" Attire

So it should come as no surprise that fans are forever scrutinizing Jill's social media updates for signs of trouble in her marriage.

And the mother of two may have unwittingly given the people what they want with her latest Instagram post.

The image she uploaded seems innocent enough at first:

Jill is reading a highlighted section of the Bible while her children play in the background.

Jill Duggar Bible Post

“Praying for my hubby and boys this morning! #proverbs #wisdom,” Jill captioned the pic.

Seems like typical Duggar stuff -- until you realize that Jill is reading a passage from Proverbs that includes the sternly-worded “Warning Against Adultery.”

Did we mention she has the whole thing highlighted? 

“It’s really common to read Proverbs daily, so today’s the fifth and she’s reading Proverbs 5,” one fan commented, adding:

Jill and Derick Dillard with Family

“It’s not so common to have the entire passage on adultery highlighted.”

Some fans noted the timing of the post, and pointed out that it follows on the heels of Derick's decision to attend law school -- "in the company of other women," as one commenter describes it.

Is Jill anxious about her husband heading off to a college campus populated by young women every day?

“You know she is,” remarked one fan.

Derick Dillard with Jill

“She’s probably beside herself with anxiety about it.”

Is the highlighted passage Jill's way of issuing a public warning to her husband?

Why not? Hey, once you've boarded the wild speculation train, why not just let the thing go right off the tracks?

And then there are those pious fans who simply take issue with what they perceive as Jill's boast about her daily Bible time:

Jill M. Duggar and Derick Dillard

"You obviously need to read the new testament where it says not to show off your works before men such as what you are doing in this post," wrote one such Puritan.

Of course, as always, Jill has had no shortage of defenders, with many pointing out that the choice of passage may be entirely coincidental:

"She (and many others, including myself) read the Proverb that corresponds with the day of the month, as there are 31 Proverbs," wrote one fan.

"No need to read something slanderous into it."

If this were anyone else, we would agree that that's the most likely explanation -- but knowing how much thought the Duggars put into their every social media post, we have our doubts.

Jill Duggar Comes Clean: Here’s How I’ve Been Making Money Since Quitting Counting On!

Back in 2017, Derick Dillard was fired from Counting On after launching a bigoted tirade against a fellow TLC star on social media.

Shortly thereafter, his wife, Jill Duggar, quit the show, thus leaving the Dillard clan with no apparent source of income.

These days, Derick is planning to attend law school, but fans are understandably curious about how he and Jill plan to support their two sons while he begins the very lengthy process of becoming an attorney.

Now, it looks as though we may have our answer.

Jump into the gallery below to learn the surprising secret behind Jill's financial comeback.

1. The Breadwinner

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In many respects, Jill is as traditional as her fundamentalist parents. But in one important way, she's very much a woman of the 21st century.

2. One Ugly Rant

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Last year, Derick was fired from Counting On after he launched an appalling tirade against fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.

3. The Victim

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Jazz is a transgender teen, and she became the surprise target of Derick's wrath for reasons that remain a mystery.

4. The Subservient Wife

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Jill quit the show shortly after Derick was fired, seemingly as a show of support for her husband.

5. A Tight Spot

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The move left Jill and Derick without any visible means of support, and for months fans were baffled as to how the family was getting by.

6. Duggar Finances

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Sure, Jill's parents are well-off, but they also have a LOT of kids to support. So how has Jill been supporting herself and her family this year?
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Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard: Packing on the PDA as an Eff You to Jim Bob?

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have been married for over four years.

Together, they've been welcomed two kids and been fired from one lucrative reality TV gig.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Kiss Photo

But it seems that throughout all the ups and downs, Jill and Der have kept their passion for one another burning white-hot.

Or at least, that's what they want us to think when we look at their awkward, tight-lipped kiss selfies.

Jill posted the above pic on Instagram this week.

"You’re my fave! Can’t imagine my life without you! #sogratefultoGod #soinlove#besthubbyever #bestpapaever," she captioned the photo.

Jill and Derick Dillard with Family

If a friend of yours posted this on social media, you'd assume they'd recently entered marriage counseling, and this was their way of attempting to convince the world that everything's kosher.

But this is how the Duggars have always expressed affection -- awkwardly and unconvincingly.

So as much as we'd like to believe Jill is on the verge of filing for divorce from Derick, it doesn't appear that that's the case.

But that's not to say it's all smiles and sunshine in the Dillards world these days.

Derick Dillard with Jill

Reports of Derick clashing with Jim Bob Duggar have been especially rampant in recent weeks.

Part of the problem, it seems, is that Derick has decided to start law school.

Now, you might think Der's father-in-law would be happy to see him finally formulating a plan for his future.

But those close to the family believe Jim Bob would like to see Derick devote himself to a vocation with a more immediate return.

Derick Dillard With Jill Duggar on Instagram

Derick will be 30 in a few months, and he has two young sons to support.

As you may recall, Dillard was fired from Counting On after launching a number of bigoted tirades on social media, which means his family is currently without any source of income.

So it's not hard to see why Jim Bob might like to see his son get into the family business of flipping houses or pursue some other venture that will translate to a weekly paycheck, rather than a mountain of student loan debt.

It's for that reason that some fans believe the timing of Jill and Derick's PDA selfie is no accident.

Jill M. Duggar and Derick Dillard

The photo comes just days after Jill confirmed on her blog that Derick will be going back to school in hopes of earning his JD:

"We will be remaining stateside for now as Derick is beginning law school at the University of Arkansas," Jill wrote.

"We look forward to seeing how God will continue to direct our family in this new chapter!"

We're sure Jim Bob is also very much looking forward to seeing exactly what direction Derick is headed in.

Jill Duggar Teaches Kids "God’s Plan For Sex" Education, Makes Derick Proud

Jill Duggar is under fire yet again, this time for teaching her young kids sex education, and for the material she's chosen to do so.

Despite being fired from Counting On, Jill and husband Derick Dillard have stayed in the spotlight thanks to their social media presence.

Even Jim Bob wishes they wouldn't.

Jill and Derick Dillard with Family

The latest controversy involving the Family Dillard echoes, albeit less drastically, some of the views that led to TLC firing them.

As you can see below, Jill shared a picture on Instagram of the cover of a book that she's reading to her two young children.

Her sons are 3 and 1, respectively.

Reading to little kids before they can fully comprehend the material is something we all do, but the book here is “The Story of Me.”

The Story of Me

This publication appears to be a sex-education book designed with young children in mind ... and a very Duggar one at that.

"Want to teach your kids about the [birds] and the [bees] before someone else does, but you don’t know where to start?" Jill asks.

"Someone [told us] about these books (4 book set) and we love them! Learn more on our *resources page* on our website!” 

Naturally, Jill is shilling for the book as some kind of promotional endeavor, but for once, that's not where some fans have a problem.

Story of Me

The cover, which boasts the fact that it's a Christian Book Award winner, proclaims that it will teach us “God’s Design for Sex.” 

The book's description: “It’s never too early to begin giving your child a practical understanding of his or her unique, beautiful body.”

Nothing too polarizing there. But ...

It also explains “why God designed it (your body) to be exactly the way it is.” A thinly-veiled dig at the transgender community?

Maybe not so veiled at all.

Jill Duggar: Hiding a Bump?

It discusses “the specialness of being made a boy or a girl” and “why God wants each baby to have a mommy and a daddy.”

Naturally, fans used to Derick's social media rants against gay marriage and various transgender stars weren't too surprised.

Derick has notably gone off on TLC's Jazz Jennings, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, and the cast of Lost in Transition.

With this context, it's no surprise that the couple's surprising sex ed endeavors reopened old wounds with fresh criticism.

Jill Duggar's "Sexy" Attire

Hopefully, impressionable Israel and Sam get a lot out of the "proper names" and "realistic illustrations" of their anatomy.

It's God's design, after all.

The wisdom of teaching kids about intimacy at such a young age is debatable in and of itself, but these are the Dillards.

When it comes to indoctrinating the next transphobic and homophobic generation, you might as well start 'em young?

Jill Dillard: Drilled on Instagram Over Child-Proofing, Christian Music Choices

Once again, Jill Duggar's parenting skills as the mother of two continues to hear it from her "fans" over literally every photo.

The Counting On veteran shared a photo of herself installing some baby-proof locks on her kitchen cabinets ... so what's the issue?

Jill Duggar, Nose Pierced

Her two sons, Samuel Dillard and Israel Dillard, are one and three years old. In other words, she's being slammed for child-proofing ...

... later than people think she should have!

"A long over due project!" Jill writes.

"Since Samuel has been walking, he keeps getting into the kitchen cabinets! Finally getting the cabinet locks put on! #writeitdowntocrossitoff."

People who follow her on Instagram routinely criticize Jill Duggar's parenting, and to be fair, some of her decisions are a bit questionable.

Jill, Son

This, though? Fans (we use the term loosely) seem to be reaching a bit if they're ripping on Silly Jilly's supposedly overdue precaution. 

Others took the opportunity to mock Derick Dillard, her oft-maligned and disgraced husband who was fired from Counting On.

Some choice comments in that vein:

"Yes they (well she was, her lazy ass husband does nothing but spew hate) were very busy creating horrid recipes!"

"Good old Derick couldn’t do it because he is as useless as the letter G in Lasagne. I should really get around to that."

Jill Duggar: Third Pregnancy Revealed?

Hey, Derick's going to law school now, people. Everybody just take a deep breath and leave this upstanding citizen alone!

All kidding aside, some supporters of Jill weighed in with more positive feedback. One of them even felt a little inspired:

"We've had the child proofing stuff for 2 months and my husband hasn't done it. So maybe it's time I do it myself!!"

"Thats so cool," another said. "With Jessa it took her and Jinger to do it. Are you both going to see Jinger and her baby?"

The Dillards at Dinner

"Jill looks like a loving, caring woman. I am usually good and judging people just by looking into their eyes," another fan said.

"So to the negative people, find something to do! You are not Jill's friend you're just a fan. You're not an admin on her page!"

"You've such an over inflated sense of the worth of your own opinions. Tell us, has Jill ever posted something you haven't commented on?"

Well, that's just way too logical for the Internet.

Jill Duggar: Hiding a Bump?

In addition to getting dragged for her parenting, Jill also revealed that she was listening to music during her DIY chores.

There were some strong opinions there, too.

"Listening to some praise music on my fave [90.9 KLRC] app," Dillard included in her caption to the photo at the top of this article.

"I was under the impression that music with a beat, which Hillsong undoubtedly has, was not permitted by Jim Bob," one fan commented.

Others blasted her because Hillsong's message doesn't mesh with her fundamentalist lifestyle ... others still just blasted her faith.

At the end of the day, the Duggars are human.

There's plenty to criticize, and we've been there. But to a point we also need to agree to disagree or just let folks live a little.

Is Jill endangering her kids' lives here? Really?

Or is she actually doing something that, by definition, is designed to do the EXACT OPPOSITE and keep the little ones safer?

When we're harping on someone child-proofing her kitchen just because it took her longer than it conceivably could have?

Might be time to rethink your own life. Or at least take a look at some of Jill's mom's far more questionable practices (above).

Seriously, some dubious stuff in here.

Counting On Canceled? Duggars’ 2018 Season May Be Their Last

All good things must come to an end, as the old saying goes. In other news, all reality TV shows eventually run their course.

Whether you love, hate or love to hate them, it's been over a decade on TLC for the Duggars, a mightily impressive streak.

One that may be about to a conclusion.

Counting On Cast Photo

As has been the case for the last 3-4 years, TLC is not making any public assurances regarding the future of Counting On.

Ever since 19 Kids & Counting was canceled and rebranded as Counting On, the Duggar family has been on very thin ice.

Just the same, the reality TV empire survived, thanks in large part to a pivot away from the parents to their oldest childen.

That, though, has left Jim Bob Duggar with a problem on multiple fronts, as both his kids and his employers may be done.

Kendra and Joe

Yes, according to multiple reports, the Counting On stars are tired of TV and demanding time off from their handler (Jim Bob).

Soon, if TLC executives don't pull the plug on the show for them, the young adults may put an end to the practice altogether.

Jill, Jessa, Joy-Anna and company are reportedly eager “to carry on with their lives,” and those who are still single agree.

One of the biggest reasons the kids don't want the cameras following their every move is so they can court in peace.

John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett Engagement Pic

Granted, Duggar courtship rules require chaperones at all times anyway, but younger siblings are different than TV crews.

At least one of them figured this out.

“John David kept his relationship quiet and hidden so he could enjoy time without press,” an insider explained last week.

Seen above with fiancee Abby Burnett, John David had been a sparse presence on Counting On for the last few years.

Clearly that was a calculated move.

Lauren and Si

To be clear, cancelation rumors have been swirling for years as Counting On declines in ratings and increases in controversy.

So far, a loyal fan base and an emerging group of younger stars and in-laws has kept the Duggars afloat. But for how long?

The network already had to fire Josh Duggar, and relegate Jim Bob and Michelle to very minor roles, after his sex scandals.

Facing even more pressure from advertisers, the network then also had to dispatch Jill Duggar's husband Derick Dillard.

How many more hits can it take?

Jana Duggar, Laura DeMasie

These days, Counting On mainly focuses on the marriages of Jinger and Jeremy, Joy-Anna and Austin, and Joe and Kendra.

All three young couples are striking out on their own, and have taken up the bulk of the screen time so far this summer.

It also features Josiah and John David, both of whom are are currently in relationships, and Jana Duggar, who is famously single.

(Unless you believe those rumors swirling around the 28-year-old "Cinderella" Duggar and BFF Laura DeMasie, above.)

Counting On Stars

In any case, with Jill out of the picture, there's been another changing of the guard this summer, making for an uncertain future.

Jessa Duggar, who was also courting when 19 Kids first became Counting On, has begun to fade into the background as well.

The million-dollar question remains:

Is there enough interest in the new-new generation (call it Duggar 2.5) to sustain an entire show for another several years?

Perhaps they can continue to strike a precarious balance to keep the network, its advertisers, and themselves happy for now.

After all, they do need to make money ... something they don't exactly have the necessary skills or experience to help with.

We discussed earlier today how Jim Bob has robbed his daughters of careers at the same time he built this TV juggernaut.

How's that for irony?

In any case, you can be sure that the Duggars are aware of this and won't take the decision to pull the plug on the show lightly.

A source tells Radar that for now, the kids "will continue to film the show as long as they can because it is their biggest source of income."

At the same time, though, they "need to time to focus on their families," which may put them in direct conflict with their TLC gig.

That assumes TLC even wants to keep airing it, which is a different story, especially in light of some truly damaging scandals.

One more Derick Dillard comment about Jazz Jennings, or pretty much anything else, could put an end to that very, very fast.

Duggar Girls: Denied Real Careers, Lives Because of Jim Bob!

In the last decade, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's children have undoubtedly made something of a career out of reality TV stardom.

But at what cost? Their entire identities.

Counting On Stars

At this point, if you know anything about the famous family, you know that females are treated like property in their patriarchal lifestyle.

Sorry if it sounds rough to say it that bluntly, but it's accurate. Their father controls everything about their lives until they get married.

At that point, their husbands take over.

Fortunately, at least in certain cases (Jinger Duggar marrying Jeremy Vuolo), their husbands have been a bit less restrictive.

Nevertheless, the Duggar girls have been taught from the get-go that their primary purpose in life is to wed and reproduce.

Counting On Photo

That's it. Marry, make baby, repeat.

You can count out any dreams of having a career, in other words - no matter what natural skills, abilities and aspirations you have.

As Jim Bob and Michelle reach a dozen grandkids, it's hard not to wonder what might have been for the young women they raised.

In a world where he didn't control them, and they could actually pursue education, vocation and inspiration, so much could be possible.

So much. All of this potential ...

Jill Duggar: Certified Midwife?

Jill Duggar, for example, would almost surely have entered the medical profession, with a specialty in maternity and childbirth.

She is (or was) a certified midwife, having received certification from the North American Registry of Midwives back in 2015.

Whether Jill Duggar is really a midwife paid under the table or faked her certification has been debated, but therein lies the point:

If she had the freedom to explore this in earnest, rather than being shackled to that homophobe Derick Dillard, who knows!?

Jill Duggar Delivers Baby

She could've been a nurse, like Abbie Grace Burnett (John David Duggar's fiancee), or a Certified Nurse Midwife, or both!

Of course, that requires years of training, a Bachelor’s Degree, work experience and fellowships, which she's not allowed to pursue.

While not as stifled as her older sister, Jinger Duggar's interest in photography could have turned into a full-fledged career as well.

Remember Jill and Jessa's engagement photos? Josiah’s graduation? Countless other family moments? Yeah. She took all those. 

With her name and her talent, she could go places.

Jinger Duggar and Jessa Duggar

Jessa Duggar, meanwhile, is a natural fit as a stylist and model - because of her striking natural beauty as well as her interest in it.

As diehard fans who followed the family pre-Josh Duggar sex scandals remember, 19 Kids & Counting focused on the Duggars' frugality.

Case in point? Rather than going to the salon, they opted to get their hair done and cut at home, with Jessa doing the honors!

Jessa stays on top of her appearance despite the family's strict rules and restrictions about what's too "tempting" and the like.

Jessa Duggar Swimsuit Photo

Growing up in an environment that limits access to Internet makeup and hair tutorials did little to quell her interest in those topics.

At the same time, she's become the standard-bearer for Michelle Duggar's conservative style - full-length dresses and all.

See where we're going with this? A fashion line for women interested in looking their best in keeping with similar values.

If there's anyone who can rock a maternity top or swimsuit that reveals nothing at all yet still looks hot, it's Mrs. Seewald.

Joy-Anna and Austin PDA on Counting On

Joy-Anna Duggar would make a fine real estate agent or house flipper, given the skills and history on both sides of her family.

Jim Bob has long made money in real estate, while her husband Austin Forsyth has considerable experience flipping homes.

In fact, during his courtship with fair Joy, Austin was told by his father that he couldn't propose until he flipped five houses.

That's just the strangest thing we've ever heard.

But the fact that it's something of a family business, plus Joy's reputation as a quick learner who's not afraid to get her hands dirty?

Jana Duggar Cooks

Joy would be a natural, much like the eldest daughter of them all, Cinderella herself, seems to be at any task you can throw at her.

Oh, Jana. Poor, sweet Jana.

The oldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle is 28 and still lives at home, a frequent topic of discussion and dismay among fans.

Many card-carrying members of Duggar Nation believe Jana is trapped and forced to be Michelle's nanny, cook, servant and more.

Jessa has another theory on why Jana is still single: She's so good at everything, guys don't know what to do with themselves!

Jana Duggar Velentine's Day Pic

Seriously, she thinks that guys don't want to date her because they have no skills that she doesn't, and therefore no self worth.

That's possibly even weirder than Austin's pre-engagement house-flipping quota, but there's little doubt that Jana does do it all.

Whether it's baking bread, fixing a shower head, playing the piano, working in the garden, or designing home interiors, she's on it!

So many career choices. So little time to pursue them while being forced to take care of Michelle Duggar's giant home and brood.

In closing: Free Jana!

Duggar Kids Demand Time Off: We’re Sick of Living In Front of a Camera!

Often when the fine denizens of the internet are spewing invective against reality stars in some sort of online forum the phrase "get a real job" is bandied about.

Far be it for us to defend the Kardashians and Snookis of the world -- people who could buy and sell us despite never having set foot in an office in their adult lives -- but life as a reality star can actually be quite demanding.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

And as the Duggar family is now learning the hard way, it's particularly tough on young people.

According to a new report from Radar Online, the Jim Bob and Michelle's offspring have essentially formed a union.

Their sole demand?

No more round-the-clock filming.

Yes, apparently, the Jana, Jill, Jessa, et al. are fed up with living their lives in the presence of a camera crew.

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

They don't want to give up the gig entirely, mind you -- it still beats the hell out of punching the clock at a 9 to 5, after all -- they're just sick of feeling like slaves to Counting On's demanding production schedule.

"The kids just don’t want to be in front of the cameras 24/7,” one insider tells Radar.

“They have a big break in between filming to carry on with their lives."

Apparently, the driving force behind this mini-mutiny is second-eldest son John David Duggar.

Duggar Family Photo: A Classic!

John David is currently courting Abbie Burnett, and it seems he doesn't want his first romantic relationship to be painstakingly documented by a full camera crew.

At first, it seems, he kept his relationship on the down-low, and now that it's out in the open, he insists that he and Abbie be allowed some time away from the cameras.

“John David kept his relationship quiet and hidden so he could enjoy time without press,” says the source.

The other Duggars, apparently inspired by his example, have reportedly also demanded more private time.

Duggars: Counting On Cast Photo

But if you're concerned about the future of Counting On, fear not.

The insider says the Duggar kids are planning to keep working for TLC for the foreseeable future.

“They will keep doing the show for a while,” the source says.

Sounds like they have at least a few more seasons left in them.

But just to be safe, you might want to watch Counting On online while you still can.

Michelle Duggar’s Parenting Methods: Is She Messing Up Her Grandkids?

The Duggar children are nothing if not loyal.

Sure, Jinger decided to wear pants in violation of the family dress code, and some of her sisters have followed suit.

And yes, Josiah is rebelling against certain aspects of his father's teachings, but at the end of the day, these are very minor acts of defiance.

For the most part, Michelle and Jim Bob's offspring do as their told and dedicate themselves to preserving their family's proudest traditions.

Unfortunately, as many have pointed out, by following in the footsteps of their elders, Jill, Jessa and company might be doing irreparable harm to their own children.

Here are some of the unsettling trends that fans have noticed in recent years:

1. Mama Michelle

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For some, Michelle Duggar is a parenting role model. After all, it's a major challenge to not only raise 19 children, but to also over-parent them to the brink of insanity.

2. Stuck In Her Ways

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Unfortunately, some of Michelle's favorite techniques haven't aged well. In fact, some have described them as downright abusive.

3. The Next Generation

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At this point, four of Michelle's daughters are moms themselves, and they beam with pride when discussing how much they've learned about parenting from their mother.

4. Passing the Buck

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There's an irony in this, as Michelle is famous for handing off her parenting responsibilities to her eldest children (most commonly poor, put-upon Jana), but we digress.

5. Mom of the Millennium

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Though they admit to resenting the amount of responsibility they were often burdened with during childhood, the Duggar kids concur that Michelle is the world's greatest mom ... Of course, that opinion doesn't mean much coming from Josh.

6. Mixed Results

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Now that they're able to implement the tips and tricks they learned from Michelle, some of the Duggar kids are finding that their mom's methods might belong in the past ...
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Jill Duggar Bribes Son With Candy, Gets Slammed By Critics

Not a week goes by without Jill Duggar getting slammed for her parenting methods by people who seem to detest her, yet continue to follow her on social media.

It's a curious phenomenon made all the more curious by the fact that Jill gets roasted even when she's demonstrating top-notch parenting skills.

Case in point, Jill is homeschooling her kids, and it seems that even in summer (and even though her eldest is only 3), she remains committed to teaching them the basics at a young age.

And she's not just winging it or relying on her own maternal instincts.

As evidenced by the video above, Jill has done her research.

She admits she's no expert, but says she'd like to share her experiences with a handful of educational tools for the benefit of other parents who might be homeschooling their kids.

And naturally, this led to Jill being roasted so hard the Duggars opted to disable comments on her latest YouTube video.

"I'm no professional at all but this is just what we've enjoyed and Israel loves school right now, so we're trying to just keep him busy with that," Jill said in the clip that apparently left some fans in a seething rage. 

"And it's fun," she added.

Seems innocent enough, but fans went off on Jill for everything from keeping her child out of school to using candy as an incentive.

Look, we know for some people the Duggars can do no right and their first instinct when they see any member of the family is to start hurling criticism.

It's understandable, but it's still dumb as hell.

At times like this, it's important to remember the family's scandalous history, but maybe not for the reasons you think.

Yes, Josh Duggar is a molester and Jim Bob and Michelle might be cult leaders, it's true.

We bring that up only to highlight the ways in which Jill and her sisters are victims.

We're not always successful, but even when we side-eye the Duggar girls' behavior (whihc is very often), we try to keep that in mind.

At best, the Duggar kids are sheltered, and at worst, they're traumatized.

Something to keep in mind next time you feel like raking one of them over the coals for giving their kids candy.

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

 

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Jill Duggar vs. Lauren Swanson: Unexpected Feud Alert!

It's only been a few weeks since Lauren Swanson married Josiah Duggar, but it seems the newest member of reality TV's favorite fundamentalist family is already clashing with her in-laws.

Yes, it seems the latest Duggar wedding didn't quite go according to plan -- and Lauren may feel that one of Josiah's many siblings is partially to blame.

Jill Duggar-Lauren Swanson

The speculation that Jill Duggar and Lauren Swanson are not exactly getting along began when Jill posted a link on her Instagram page promising “new pics and videos" of Josiah's wedding.

Jill promptly deleted the link without explanation, leading fans to theorize that she was instructed to do so by Lauren.

Of course, pics and videos from the wedding are everywhere on the internet.

So why would Lauren lay the smackdown on Jill in such public fashion?

Well, that's where this story gets interesting.

Jill, Son

As we said earlier, Josiah and Lauren were not able to get hitched without a hitch.

In fact, it sounds like the wedding was more or less a disaster.

Guests described the event as a "chaotic," disorderly affair that seemed to have been thrown together at the last minute.

Now, given how many times Josiah and Lauren's wedding date changed, it's possible that it was thrown together at the last minute, but that's a conversation for another time.

At this point, you might be thinking:

So the wedding was a mess. What does that have to do with Jill?

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson Wedding Pic

Well, possibly nothing.

But possibly everything.

Jill is the oldest married Duggar woman of her generation.

As such, she assumes certain responsibilities, among them -- you guessed it -- assisting with wedding planning.

In the past, Jill has proven up to the task, but this time it seems she may have dropped the ball.

Another theory holds that Jill rushed to post the pics so that she could cash in on the ensuing traffic.

Duggar Wedding Day

You see, Jill quit Counting On after her husband, Derick Dillard, was fired from the show last year.

Since then, money has been tight around the Dillard household (as will happen when you have two kids and no income), and some fans think Jill tried to score a little extra cash by being the first to link to her brother's wedding pics.

It's also possible that TLC put the kibosh on Jill's efforts, as they no longer have a working relationship with her.

Whatever the case, it's an interesting situation.

Duggar feuds are nothing new, but a newcomer like Lauren coming after an OG like Jill?

Now, that could make for some entertaining television.