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John David Duggar: First in His Family to Quit Reality TV?!

In recent weeks, there's been much talk of the small-scale rebellion taking place within the Duggar family.

Fans seem to be convinced that it all started when Jinger Duggar began wearing pants in direct defiance of her family's famously strict dress code.

John David Duggar: A Photo

According to this increasingly popular narrative, other Duggar kids then followed in Jinger's footsteps.

Among them? The newly-engaged Josiah Duggar, who - according to a source close to the family - is widely expected to be "the next [Duggar] to bust out."

But this version of events overlooks the original Duggar rebel.

The one who's been rejecting elements of his father's lifestyle so quietly and for so long that he his insurgence went mostly unnoticed.

Do you even know who we mean? We're talking, of course, about the Silent Duggar himself, John David Duggar.

Jim Bob, John David and Josh Duggar

Even if you've been watching the family's reality shows from day one, you may not know much about JDD.

And what you do know has probably been filtered through the always-formidable Duggar PR machine:

John David is Michelle and Jim Bob's second-oldest son, the twin brother of fan favorite Jana Duggar.

From a professional standpoint, he's the most active of all the Duggars, working as a pilot, firefighter and sheriff's deputy in his free time.

And it seems it's the duties of that last post that have brought John David into conflict with his domineering dad.

Jana Duggar With John David Duggar Image

As we reported earlier exclusively, he's been at odds with the family patriarch for some time, albeit privately.

Jim Bob's efforts to control the town he lives in by purchasing both large tracts of land and politicians reportedly don't sit well with John David.

He's sworn to uphold law and order, after all.

Add to that the widespread reports that John David is disgusted by Jim Bob's greed, and you have a recipe for a legitimate family feud.

It's not hard to see why so many are convinced the 28-year-old has already begun distancing himself from his family's social media empire.

John David and Jana Duggar Photo

Interestingly, in a recent interview, John David has confirmed that he will appear in the new season of Counting On, which premieres this summer.

But he would not comment on his future on the show beyond that.

Instead, when asked about his future, he mostly focused on faith and family. John David remarked:

“Future plans would be to, I think, one day, you know, the Lord will bring the right one along, and I’ll start a family."

"I'll hopefully be able to invest in their lives and raise up a generation that will be great people for this society."

The comment has fueled speculation that John David is courting, though we cannot indepedently confirm that he is (or isn't).

If true, that may have influenced his decision to be the first in his family to willingly leave the world of TLC behind.

Whatever the case, we wouldn't be surprised in the least if John David is actually the first to "bust out" on his own.

As always, you can watch Counting On online for more on reality TV's largest and most controversial family.

There's never a dull moment. Well, actually, there are a lot of dull moments, but also some intriguing storylines.

Duggar Family at War With Gay Cousin Over New Reality Show

The Duggars, as you're likely aware, are a deeply conservative lot.

The core group of 21 who make up the Duggar clan that was first immortalized on 19 Kids and Counting have contended with friends and relatives who don't share their fundamentalist beliefs, and they've typically been quick to "deal with" these associates.

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

Michelle Duggar's lesbian sister, for example, has been cut off from the rest of the family and has never even met most of her nieces and nephews.

They similarly exiled rebellious cousin Amy Duggar, who's dared to commit such affronts as kissing her fiancé before marriage and wearing an actual swimsuit to go swimming, rather than a modesty-preserving barrel with suspenders.

Now, the Duggars are facing yet another enemy in their midst.

And this one is hoping to beat Jim Bob and company at their own game.

As we reported earlier, John Andrew Studdard is an openly gay cousin of Jim Bob and Michelle's children.

Unlike so many of the Duggars' relatives, he seems to have no fear of his wealthy and powerful aunt and uncle.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar: NOT Divorced!

Studdard has spoken out against Derick Dillard's homophobic remarks, and now it appears he's hoping to enter the Duggars' arena with a reality show of his own.

And not surprisingly, the Duggars are very much hoping that doesn't happen.

“The producers were hoping to do a show with his immediate family, but all of his immediate family declined,” a source close to the situation tells Radar Online.

“They think it’s tacky that John Andrew spoke out about Derick’s beliefs and have warned him if he speaks out publicly again he will be cut off financially.”

But those who know Studdard best say that his main goal is not to simply trash his famous relatives:

“He wants to show his life with his friends and the volunteer work he’s passionate about,” the insider said. 

Duggar Family Photo: A Classic!

“He wants to build a platform to spread awareness for causes. He wants to build an empire bigger than his distant cousins.”

Surprisingly, it seems Studdard actually feels compassion for his famous cousins - and he wishes they would follow his lead by showing more empathy toward others:

“He doesn’t think they’re bad people,” the insider says.

“He spoke out against Derick because he wanted him to be considerate of others. His comments were very harsh. He doesn’t know him well enough to say he’s a bad person. He was so kind at his wedding to Jill.”

Studdard may have a hard time landing a deal for a show where he presents a counter-argument to his relatives' worldview, but here's hoping he finds a way to get his message out there.

It would certainly help to shake things up in Tontitown.

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Michelle Duggar Soaks Up Praise on Mother’s Day … But Does She Deserve It?

Americans from coast to coast celebrated Mother's Day this past Sunday, and naturally, the members of the Duggar clan pulled out all the stops to honor their matriarch.

After all, with the adoption of Tyler Duggar, Michelle is now a mother of 20, so if anyone deserves a day to relax and be pampered, it's her.

Michelle Ruark

Now, if you're a member of the Duggars' army of devoted fans, then you probably see absolutely no problem with that statement.

But if you count yourself among the equally sizable ranks of Duggar detractors, then you may have just thrown up in your mouth a little.

Obviously, there are lots of folks who take issue with Michelle's approach to parenting, but the continuum of criticism is vast:

Some feel she's harmlessly inept, a brainwashed victim of the fundamentalist patriarchy.

Others believe Michelle is something much, much worse - an abuser, an enabler, and a willing participant in a community that sanctions rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

Of course, as we're reminded every year at this time, Michelle's husband and many children think she's just the bee's knees:

That's Jim Bob's annual creepy Mother's Day video, and as usual, he and several of his kids acted less like seasoned reality stars, and more like members of a forgotten tribe who are vaguely frightened that the camera is sucking out their souls.

Now, depending on which of the aforementioned camps you fall into, you're either thinking that Michelle must be one hell of a mom to have earned such devotion from her kids, or you're marveling at how well she's trained her children to convey counterfeit emotions.

If you're in the former category, you might be wondering how anyone could think such awful things about such an ostensibly sweet woman.

We don't have time to get into all of the complaints against Michelle, but here's a brief rundown of why her toughest critics think she deserves punishment, not praise:

For starters, there's the matter of the Josh Duggar sex scandals.

Michelle Duggar: Pregnant Throwback

Now, Michelle obviously had no direct involvement in the molestation of her four eldest daughters, but there are those who believe that when she was presented with an opportunity to put and to the abuse, she did nothing.

Whatever the case, Michelle definitely helped Josh avoid prosecution, which many believe makes her an active participant in some truly horrendous crimes.

And that's not the only time that Michelle has condones abuse.

The 51-year-old is a proponent of "blanket training" which is a technique in which children as young as 6 months old are seated on a blanket and told to stay put.

If they move, they are struck with a ruler or some other blunt instrument.

Jim Bob, Michelle on Facebook

The Duggars are supporters of controversial child behavior "experts" Michael and Debi Pearl, who originated the technique.

The Pearls co-authored a book called How to Train a Child, which the Duggars reportedly consider their personal child-rearing bible.

Within a year of its release, the book was found in multiple homes of children who died at their parents' hands.

As we said, the list goes on and on with Michelle, with some even going so far as to accuse her of abusing her daughters by forcing them to dress in floor-length skirts in all weather and no matter what sort of activity they're engaged in.

We'll leave up to you to decide if Michelle should be condemned or emulated.

But clearly there's no denying that she's a more complex figure than most of her fans would like to think.

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Josh Duggar Talks Molestation Scandal: I Gave In To Temptation!

This month marks three years since the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five young girls - four of whom were his sisters - while still living with his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle.

Had these revelations come to light in 2018 instead of 2015, they would almost certainly would have brought about the end of the Duggars' media empire.

Josh Duggar, Anna Duggar, and Kids in 2017

As it is, however, the Duggars have been able to rebuild, and while they may never regain the popularity they enjoyed in their heyday, they've somehow managed to remain on television in spite of the shocking allegations against Josh and his parents.

Jim Bob and Michelle helped Josh avoid prosecution, and they certainly weren't the only ones who were aware of his crimes for several years before they became public knowledge.

There were his victims, of course, and there were also several residents of Tontitown, Arkansas, including several city officials who are now being sued by Josh for releasing his police records to In Touch Weekly.

One judge has already ruled that the town was fully within its rights to comply with ITW's Freedom of Information Act request.

The fact that journalists who requested the information didn't meet with any pushback jibes with what we've been told about the Duggars' reputation in Tontitown, where - one insider informs us - Josh will "always be known as 'Josh the molester.'"

Josh Duggar on His Birthday

Josh, of course, has yet to issue a public statement on the allegations against him.

After the molestation charges went public, Josh was caught trying to cheat on his wife with a fraudulent online dating profile.

He was sent to rehab for sex addiction in Illinois, and upon his return to Arkansas, he was essentially made to live in exile.

These days, Josh works on a used car lot owned by his parents, but he no longer resides in Tontitown, and he reportedly has little contact with his family.

But there's still a considerable amount of interest in Josh's crimes, primarily from those who are intent on seeing that the father of five gets held to task for his egregious misdeeds.

Joshua Duggar Pic

Josh will never be prosecuted for the charges against him due to the statute of limitations, but the effort to ensure he's never permitted to forget about the suffering he inflicted on others remains constant.

In that spirit, ITW has published a forgotten excerpt from the Duggars' 2014 family memoir, Growing Up Duggar.

"As I became a young man I was constantly tempted to have lots of wrong thoughts and often battled to keep my heart right," Josh wrote in the book.

Needless to say, he was unable to resist those temptations.

Astonishingly, his lack of self-awareness gets even worse from there:

"One of the greatest things that helped me in my struggles was my parents’ commitment to accountability," Josh writes.

Josh Duggar Cries

"They were faithful to talk with each one of us children — if we were willing to share honestly and openly with them — to maintain a clear conscience.

"I learned quickly that great freedom can be achieved by accountability but that deep accountability requires humility and openness," he added.

"I often had failures in my early teenage years but found that I had a clear conscience only when I was willing to confess my thoughts and temptations quickly to God and to my parents"

Yes, Josh wrote without irony about resisting temptation and the importance of accountability in his household.

He admits to giving in to temptation but says he was able to clear his conscience after confessing to his parents, which ... well, frankly that confirms our worst fears about the things children are taught inside the Duggar household.

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Joy-Anna Duggar Rocks Short Skirt, Shocks Fans

These days, much attention is paid to the "rebel Duggars" - those offspring of Jim Bob and Michelle who have rejected some of the more asinine rules that characterized their ultra-strict upbringings.

But there's a contingent of the family's loyal basis that's far more interested in the stories of Duggars like Joy-Anna, who have eagerly adhered to just about every single aspect of the fundamentalist belief system with which they were raised.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth on Counting On

These fans saw their faith tested with reports that Joy-Anna got pregnant before getting married to Austin Forsyth, but most have stood by her side and dismissed the allegations of premarital sex as unfounded rumors.

While her sisters have taken to wearing pants, sporting nose rings, and even flaunting temporary henna tattoos, Joy-Anna Duggar has mostly stuck to the conservative customs and traditions that have helped to make her family famous.

She married young, started a family right away, and for the most part, she adheres to the rules of the famous Duggar dress code.

Of course, while Joy might be a wife, mother, and Duggar first, she's still a 20-year-old young woman.

Which means fans shouldn't be shocked if she occasionally gives in to the temptation to show a little calf.

Joy-Anna Duggar Short Skirt

The above photo of Joy, along with her husband, Austin Forsyth, and son, Gideon, appeared on Instagram over the weekend.

"Happy Mother’s Day to my lovely bride! She never has ceased to amaze me with her character and love for our Savior!" reads a caption posted alongside the pic.

Joy and Austin share a joint Instagram account, so we're gonna go out on a limb and assume he wrote that one.

Of course, it's not the loving husband's kind words that have captured fans attention but rather, Joy's attire.

If you're a longtime fan of the family, then you're no doubt aware that Duggar women generally favor floor-length skirts made of heavy fabrics like denim.

Joy-Anna, Austin and Gideon

The fact that Joy is sporting a just-below-the-knee hemline in a lighter fabric is being taken by many as an indication that she's slowly parting ways with her family's infamous dress code.

Of course, it's worth noting that Joy is still adhering to the Duggar guidelines for "modest dress" here.

Jim Bob's daughters are instructed to wear long skirts, but the preference for floor-length is the result of an abundance of caution.

Joy is still sticking to the rules here, but many fans think this pic signals the start of a slow move toward greater independence.

Comments on the photo have been mostly complimentary, which might be enough to nudge tomboy Joy toward taking a greater interest in fashion - even if that means disregarding some of her family's famous guidelines.

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

Jim Bob Duggar: Under Investigation For Criminal Business Practices?

Jim Bob Duggar has made a name for himself preaching the virtues of humility, modesty, and Christian charity.

However, there are those who believe that the reality star's lifestyle doesn't align with his ideals and that Jim Bob has proven chronically unable to practice what he preaches.

Jim Bob Duggar Eye Roll

It goes without saying that the Duggar patriarch has made millions from his vast media empire.

But what many fans may not realize is that Jim Bob's business aspirations don't end there.

Over the years, he's been involved in everything from politics to real estate, and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Jim Bob has sold used cars; he's launched a towing and repair company; he even bought up a large tract of land near his hometown so that he could lease it to a communications company that hoped to build a transmission tower there.

Basically, if you're spending money in or around Tontitown, Arkansas, there's a very good chance Jim Bob is getting a portion of it.

Jim Bob Duggar: Father of the Groom

Locals have taken to calling the area "Duggartown," and not surprisingly, there are many who take issue with a private citizen amassing such an incredible amount of power - and some of those folks share Jim Bob's last name.

A former Duggar employee informs The Hollywood Gossip that Jim Bob's second-oldest son, John David Duggar, has clashed with his father repeatedly in recent years.

The issue, it seems is that John David feels Jim Bob has been consumed by greed and reckless spending, and he fears that his father is putting the family at risk, not only by rolling the dice with their savings, but also by constantly butting heads with local authorities.

Just last week, Jim Bob outraged his neighbors with his efforts to have protected land re-zoned for public use so that he could develop it into a "high-end RV park" for the type of Ozark campers who seek to bring their living rooms into the wilderness.

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle, Yellowed Out

The project has attracted loads of negative publicity, as well as questions about the legality of Jim Bob's re-zoning efforts.

And now, it appears that this isn't the first time that Jim Bob's business initiatives have brought him into murky legal territory in recent years.

The first such incident occurred way back in 1988 when Jim Bob launched a business called Save-N-Go, INC.

Three years later, the Department of the Arkansas Secretary of State revoked Jim Bob's license upon realizing that he had failed to file an annual report, likely in an effort to conceal his earnings from the IRS.

Jim Bob has run afoul of state and federal governments on several subsequent occasions, with one notable incident occurring just last year:

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Pic

According to Radar Online, Jim Bob and Michelle launched Duggar Processing, LLC - an umbrella corporation to encompass all of their many business ventures - in May of 2015.

The company was shut down in January of 2017 when once again, Jim Bob's business license was revoked.

This time authorities claimed that the Duggars had filed to meet tax document requirements in each year that the business had been operational.

Now, many believe that the locals who oppose Jim Bob's RV park will get their wish, as the project appears to be dead in the water, likely as a result of an investigation into Jim Bob's long history of shady business ventures.

It's not always easy to answer the question "what would Jesus do?" but we're pretty sure the correct response is never "constantly break the law and screw your neighbors in order to line your pockets."

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

Jill Duggar Broke a Family Parenting Rule & Fans Are Shocked!

There was a time when Jill Duggar was one of the few members of her family was thought to be mostly immune to criticism.

Though she dutifully followed in her mother's footsteps by marrying young and immediately starting a family, Jill was always considered more likable and relatable than either of her parents.

Jill Duggar with Israel

For a while, it looked as though she would continue to enjoy the role of designated fan favorite for many years to come - but then fans got to know Jill's husband, Derick Dillard.

Back in November of 2017, Derick was fired from Counting On after launching a transphobic social media tirade at fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.

Jill quit the show in a misguided gesture of solidarity, and now, she's gone from the being one of the most popular Duggars to being exiled alongside her disgraced brother Josh.

But fans can still keep up with Jill on social and millions of them do exactly that.

Although it usually seems like they're primarily interested in ridiculing her or criticizing the manner in which Jill raises her kids.

Jill Duggar Walks For Chick-Fil-A

Yes, Jill's parenting often sets off some intense debates in the comments section of her Instagram posts.

Sometimes, the complaints are foolish (such as the time Jill put a tortilla on her son's head in order to protect him from the sun).

On other occasions, they're a bit more legitimate (such as the time Jill made her kids walk to Chick-Fil-A ... several miles from the hotel they were staying in).

But we're guessing most fans won't have much of a problem with Jill's latest parenting revelation - even if they may find themselves a bit shocked by it.

Jill posted the photo below on Instagram this week:

Peppa Pig Screenshot

"When your #3yearold finds your phone and fills up your photo library with #randomphotos of #peppapig lol #israeldaviddillard," she captioned the image.

And what's so shocking about Jill's kids watching children's television like Peppa Pig?

Well, you see, most enjoyable pastimes, television is something that Jim Bob staunchly opposes.

He expressed his views on the demonic powers of the flatscreen in a 2011 interview, in which he describes his shock upon watching television for the first time after a several-year hiatus"

"We couldn't believe the content on TV we didn't think was appropriate. This is detrimental to our marriage," JB said.

Jill Duggar: Hiding a Bump?

"We prayed about it and felt we had to pull it out of our house, which we did. And I would say that is one of the best things we have done for our family."

He added that he occasionally allows his children to watch DVDs of TV and movies from the '50s and '60s, but no broadcast TV:

"We do watch DVDs, The Andy Griffith Show," Jim Bob stated.

"We are very selective about what we watch. We actually don't watch broadcast TV."

So you can imagine JB's chagrin at learning that his grandchildren are being raised on secular hits as Peppa.

What's next? Another generation of Duggar girls wearing pants?!

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Jim Bob Duggar Outrages Neighbors With Efforts to Take Over Town

If you follow the Duggar family closely, then you're probably aware that despite his frequent claims that he's a humble man of God who seeks nothing more than to live a life of service, Jim Bob Duggar has quite a few worldly ambitions.

In fact, the 52-year-old's incessant efforts toward obtaining greater wealth and power have reportedly alienated many his neighbors, friends, and even members of his famously close-knit family.

Jim Bob Duggar: Father of the Groom

Those who know him best have complained about Jim Bob's "high-class hoarding."

His second eldest son, John David Duggar, has reportedly taken issue with Jim Bob's greed and reckless spending.

Fans have complained that the Duggar patriarch's unchecked ambition seems to fly in the face of the religious views that the reality star and aspiring real estate mogul claims to hold so dear.

And now, some of Jim Bob's neighbors in the small community of Tontitown, Arkansas are hoping to take action that will bring a halt to one of his most ambitious projects to date.

According to KSFM News in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jim Bob has applied to rezone 23 acres of land as the first step in transforming the property into an "upscale RV park."

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

Neighbors have expressed concerns, with some declaring outright that they oppose the project and are fed up with Jim Bob's constant side-stepping of local laws and ordinances.

Last week, a planning commission reportedly approved the rezoning, thus changing the land's designation from Residential-Agriculture to Urban Thoroughfare, which makes it eligible for commercial development.

"I think that's more important than swallowing it up with development that could be on the other side of the street for instance," says local resident Renwick Hudson.

"Rezoning [the land]..." he added. "It's tricky. We have to be really careful."

Others, such as Fayetteville Planning Director Andrew Garner, believe that the development would be a net positive for the community:

Jim Bob and Michelle Today

"The addition that [the owners] are proposing, only to rezone the front part and kind of keep the back of it preserved, I think is in line with a lot of the city's policies for tree preservation and environmental preservation," Garner said.

Even if efforts to have Jim Bob's provisional license revoked are not successful, the development still must be approved by planning officials. 

"If they decide to build the RV park, they actually have to turn in construction plans and large-scale development plans," Garner said.

"We have to look at all the development details, but the actual zoning decision has to be made to allow the RV park."

And it seems the Duggars will continue to face opposition from the likes of Renwick Hudson:

"At this location, from my perspective, not ideal," Hudson said. "It butts right up against some of the areas that are already vulnerable to future development."

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

Ben Seewald’s Sister Is Jim Bob Duggar’s Worst Nightmare

It should come as no surprise that the women of the Duggar family are a close-knit lot.

After all, it's not as though they can go outside their family for female companionship.

Four Duggar Girls, One Duggar Baby

The Duggar women follow a set of rules so strict that it basically forces them to stick to their own kind - which is probably the point.

But for all their father's efforts to clip their wings, several Duggar women have left the nest, and in some cases, they've found themselves ill-equipped for the wider world - while in others, they've adapted with astonishing speed.

The best example of the latter case is probably Jinger Duggar, who began wearing pants in violation of her family's strict dress code shortly after marrying Jeremy Vuolo.

Jinger's oldest married sister, Jill Duggar, has pursued a more traditional lifestyle, in keeping with her family's teachings.

And then there's Jessa Duggar, who's embarked down a middle path, not quite appeasing her parents, but not exactly rebelling, either:

Jessa Duggar, Crazy-Eyes

Jessa is married to Ben Seewald, who leans slightly to the left of the ultra-conservative Duggars, in terms of his political and religious beliefs.

In the past, this has brought him into conflict with Jim Bob, such as the time Seewald endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement and expressed his belief in the right of NFL players to kneel for the national anthem.

Now, it looks as though Ben's liberal (by Duggar standards) beliefs are no fluke.

In fact, it seems like the entire Seewald family espouses beliefs and lifestyles that would condemn them to hell under Jim Bob's belief system.

Jessica Seewald and Parents

That's a photo of Ben's parents standing alongside his sister, Jessica.

It was posted to the Seewald family Instagram page this week, along with the following caption:

"@jessicaseewald, congratulations on your new journey in law enforcement," the Seewalds wrote.

"We sure do love you and are praying for the days ahead! #backtheblue."

Becoming a cop might seem like just about the least rebellious thing in the world, but take a moment to reflect on what you're seeing here:

Jessa Duggar on TLC

That's a young woman wearing pants and embarking on a career that's been closed to women for most of its history.

Yes, Ben's sister is basically Jim Bob's worst nightmare come to life.

And Jessica's rebellious (again, by Duggar standards) ways don't end there.

The 21-year-old reportedly has a boyfriend named Philip, and the two of them do not follow the famous Duggar courtship rules.

And we think it's safe to say Jim Bob would not approve of Jessica's choice of attire:

Jessica Seewald Photo

Shorts! On a woman!

Michelle Duggar would probably need smelling salts if she laid eyes on this pic.

But if you're worried that Jessica's far-left views will tear the Duggar clan asunder, fear not:

As In Touch Weekly points out, Jessica is a gun-collecting Trump supporter who's political beliefs lean far to the right.

Plus, her name starts with a "J," so she's probably just fine in Jim Bob's book.

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

Who Is the Most Beloved Duggar? Fans Think They’ve Figured It Out!

We all like to think our parents don't have a favorite child, but get a few drinks in any mom or dad, and you can probably coax them into admitting that they hold one of their offspring in slightly higher esteem than the rest.

Unfortunately, no one in the Duggar clan drinks, so fans had to resort to more labor-intensive methods in order to determine which of Jim Bob and Michelle's 19 children reigns supreme.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

According to an informal scoring system devised by fans and based on the family's social media posts, a clear favorite has emerged in recent months.

And the outcome of the contest might surprise those who follow the Duggars closely.

It seems Jinger is unofficially the most favored Duggar among Duggars, this according to the number of times she appears on the family's Instagram and Facebook pages.

Jinger is not only the number one subject on her the official Duggar Facebook account, she also enjoys the distinction of having the most photos on her siblings' Instagrams.

Jinger Duggar in Sweatpants

That may come as something of a surprise to those who are familiar with the reputation as "the rebel Duggar" that Jinger has gained over the course of the past year.

Jinger was the first woman to wear pants in her family, the first female of her generation to move away from Arkansas, and the first to wait more than a year after her wedding to get pregnant.

Of course, living in Laredo, Texas - 750 miles away from the rest of her family in Tontitown, Arkansas - might ironically give Jinger an unfair advantage.

On top of that, Jinger fancies herself a photographer, which means she's the most likely to pose for a selfie with her siblings, who then post the pics on their social media pages.

Jinger Duggar Is Pregnant!

But maybe there's more to it than that.

Maybe Jinger's rebellious spirit really has made her the most beloved among her siblings.

Maybe the other Duggars are always competing for her attention or just long to bask in the presence of the first woman to finally say no to Jim Bob.

After all, that would go a long way to explaining why Jill and Jessa started wearing pants shortly after their younger sister blazed that trail.

Whatever the case, you can bet there will be a mad dash down to Laredo once Jinger welcomes her first child.

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Jim Bob Duggar: Has He Cut Off Contact With Jinger?!

Not long after she married Jeremy Vuolo, Jinger Duggar began establishing herself as her famous family's resident rebel.

The most obvious act of defiance was Jinger's decision to start wearing pants, a violation of her parents' dress code that reportedly didn't sit well with patriarch Jim Bob.

Jinger and Parents

But that's not the only way that Jinger has taken to publicly flouting the Duggars' famously strict code of conduct.

Jinger waited to get pregnant for more than a year after she got married, thus tossing out generations of family tradition.

She became the first of her generation to leave the Duggars' home state of Arkansas when she and Vuolo relocated to Laredo, Texas.

There have even been rumors of Vuolo clashing with Jim Bob over major differences in religious doctrine.

And now it looks as though Jim Bob may have finally become fed up with Jinger's rebellious tendencies.

Jinger and Jeremy: Baby!

As In Touch Weekly points out, eagle-eyed Duggar fans have noticed that Jim Bob and Michelle recently traveled to Texas ... and there's no indication that they took time out to visit the Vuolos in Laredo.

Just last week, Jinger and Jeremy stopped by Magnolia, a Houston food and home goods market owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Interestingly, Jim Bob and Michelle visited the same store just days later, but it doesn't look as though they spent even a few hours with Jinger and Jeremy during their time in the Lone Star state,

Many have already jumped to the conclusion that this is all an indication of a major rift between Jim Bob and his headstrong daughter.

Jinger Duggar Is Wearing Pants Again

When Duggar women get married, it's their husbands, not their fathers who determine the rules they'll live by.

That's one of the reasons potential suitors are so thoroughly vetted by Jim Bob.

But every so often, someone like Jeremy slips through the cracks.

A pro soccer player turned baptist preacher, Jeremy no doubt impressed Jim Bob a great deal when they first met.

But it wasn't until after he and Jinger said "I do" that the extent of Jeremy's relative liberalism was revealed, and it's not hard to see how Jim Bob might feel threatened.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo Speak on Counting On

In the months since Jinger started wearing pants instead of skirts, two of her sisters have followed suit, which means her rebellious spirit might be proving infectious.

Sources close to the couple tell us that Jinger has essentially instructed Jinger to forget about Jim Bob's rules.

He's even taken to the pulpit to denounce Jim Bob's outdated ideas about "modest attire" and the "woman's work."

But has the situation gotten so bad that Jinger and Jim Bob are no longer on speaking terms?

If that's the case, you can expect the Duggars to do their best to keep the situation a secret ... but knowing the obsessive nature of their fans, the truth likely won't remain hidden for long.

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Josiah Duggar: Already Rebelling Against Jim Bob’s Rules! (Exclusive)

Before they leave the nest (which occurs only after they've married), Duggar children are forced to abide by a very strict code of conduct.

And we use the word "children" very loosely here, as 28-year-old twins Jana and John David Duggar are still bound by Jim Bob and Michelle's stringent regulations.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

Longtime fans of the show know that the rules of the house run the gamut from the famous Duggar dress code to strict courtship guidelines that prohibit virtually all forms of romantic physical contact before marriage.

Once Michelle and Jim Bob's offspring meet The One, however, the parameters change immediately.

The men become heads of household and govern as they see fit, whereas the women are now subservient to their husbands, rather than their father.

(Needless to say, the Duggars won't be racking up awards for their progressive views on relations between the sexes anytime soon.)

Not surprisingly, some of the more rebellious Duggars have been quick to take advantage of the freedom afforded them by marriage.

Jinger Duggar Is Wearing Pants Again

Jinger Duggar started wearing pants after receiving permission from her husband, Jeremy Vuolo.

Apparently inspired by their sister's courageous act of sartorial defiance, Jill and Jessa Duggar followed suit and purchased some Levi's of their own.

Yeah, they're not exactly smashing the patriarch, but it's a baby-step toward greater independence.

Sources close to the family say Jim Bob is less than thrilled with this gradual loss of control over his daughters, but he's even more concerned with the forthcoming threat to his authority.

Yes, it seems the next Duggar to marry is also planning to cast off the shackles of Jim Bob's oppression, and in doing so, he might set a precedent that could signal a major shift in the balance of power within the family.

Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson Image

Last month, Josiah got engaged to Lauren Swanson following a very brief courtship.

Wedding plans are currently underway, and it seems those who know him best are already bracing themselves in expectation of Josiah asserting his independence in a way that will bring him into direct conflict with Jim Bob.

A former Duggar employer spoke with The Hollywood Gossip exclusively and informed us that Josiah is set to be his family's biggest rule-breaker yet:

"Josiah is gonna be the next one to bust out. He's a little bit crazy," the source tells us.

"He's a 90-mile-an-hour guy. He drives 90 miles an hour, he moves 90 miles an hour, he thinks 90 miles an hour."

Lauren Swanson with Josiah Duggar

The insider recalls a recent incident in which Josiah neglected his father's orders and nearly caused a tragedy as a result:

"He almost killed a couple people one day with a car," our informant says.

"This is a car they bought from one of the sales over there. It had a banged in front end, he got in at just - 90 miles an hour off the back of a roll-off truck right into another car."

The disaster apparently came as no surprise to those who are familiar with 21-year-old's reckless ways.

Of course, Josiah has been throwing caution to the wind and disregarding his family's cherished customs for years now.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson Photo

When he announced his relationship with Lauren, Josiah became the first of his generation to engage in multiple courtships.

Yes, as longtime fans of his family will remember, Josiah courted Marjorie Jackson back in 2015.

The relationship ended abruptly and without any sort of public explanation.

Asked about the reaction to the unexpected breakup within the Duggars' community, our source says one leading theory quickly emerged:

"Folks used to think he was gay," the insider tells, adding, "I don't guess he is."

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Josie Duggar: Fans Show Concern For 8-Year-Old’s Education

Josie Duggar is the youngest of her parents' 19 children, and some fans are worried that her needs are being overlooked.

Their concerns were prompted by a photo that's been making its way across social media this week.

Josie Duggar School Photo

"Look who finished the whole grade! #teacherlife #bestlife," the pic was captioned.

The source of the photo is unknown, but as In Touch Weekly reports, it's believed to have originated on the Instagram page of Laurie DeMasie, a longtime friend of Jana Duggar.

The image has been shared numerous times on Reddit's Duggar-focused message boards.

Unfortunately, the reason for its popularity among Duggar fans has little to do with pride in Josie's accomplishments, and much to do with concerns that she's not progressing at the same rate as her peers.

Many commenters on Reddit feel the page of schoolwork that Josie's displaying may be evidence of a developmental disability.

"Oh no, looking at this photo and the page in that book feels awkward because I teach kids Josie's age," one user remarked.

Josie Duggar Image

"I feel it's reasonable to think that she might have special education needs. If so, the Duggars won't know how to change the education curriculum to suit Josie's needs."

The Duggars homeschool their children, and some feel that that practice, combined with the size of the family and Jim Bob and Michelle's distrust of modern medical testing could lead to some of their children "slipping through the cracks."

"I worry that JB and Michelle probably are ignorant of education difficulties like Dyslexia (very common, very easily helped if managed properly), and instead having one of their strange IBLP beliefs about 'curing' needs like that," the commenter continued.

One fan suggested that additional cause for concern might be found in Jim Bob and Michelle's 2011 memoir:

Jana Duggar and Josie Duggar, Throwback Photo

"I think they mentioned in the book JB had Dyslexia," writes the Reddit user.

Another commenter expressed her belief that even if Josie is suffering from a learning disorder, her parents are primarily to blame for her lack of progress:

"Yeah, it is possible that she has some kind of learning disability or cognitive delay to at least partially explain this," another user added.

"That said though, my friend teaches Grade 2, so her oldest students might be Josie's age, and from what she has told me even her most delayed student (who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) is doing work that is harder than this."

Josie Duggar Today

She added that the same controversial homeschool curriculum that "worked" for the older Duggar children may prove insufficient to Josie's needs:

"It might be a combination of Josie having extra difficulties, and neither the Duggars nor any of their tutors knowing how to teach special ed, but we don't know for sure, and every child is different." 

It's unlikely that the Duggars will ever comment on this matter themselves.

But clearly, fans are hoping Josie's parents will do everything in their power to find whatever help she needs.

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Jeremy Vuolo to Jinger Duggar: Forget About Jim Bob’s Rules! (Exclusive)

It's been eighteen months since Jinger Duggar married Jeremy Vuolo, and to say a lot has changed in the reality star's life in that time would be to put it very mildly.

These days, Jinger is pregnant with her first child, and it seems she has every intention of following in her sisters' footsteps and raising a large family with husband Jeremy Vuolo.

Jinger Duggar in Nike

But in many ways, Jinger is living a life that's very different from those of her siblings, and likely very different from the one her domineering father, Jim Bob Duggar, had envisioned for her.

Much has been made of Jinger's departures from her family's stringent code of conduct.

The most obvious way in which the 24-year-old has flouted her father's rules is by disregarding his famous dress code.

Yes, as you've likely heard, Jinger has been wearing pants.

That may not sound like a big deal, but after spending her entire childhood in mandated below-the-knee skirts, we imagine Jinger got quite a thrill out of slipping on her first pair of Levi's

JinJer Vuolo

Of course, that's not the only way in which Jinger has defied her upbringing and forged her own identity.

Jinger's parents have reportedly expressed concerns about everything from her decision to relocate to Laredo, Texas thethe fact that she was married to Vuolo for over a year before she announced her first pregnancy.

(It's not uncommon for Duggar daughters or women who marry into the family to conceive on their honeymoons.)

A former employee of the Duggars spoke with The Hollywood Gossip exclusively this week and revealed that Jinger's husband has encouraged her not to fear her father and to live a life that aligns with her own values, not Jim Bob's.

"Jinger, she's off on her own trip, and I'm kind of glad because she's been hemmed up so long for many years," the insider tells us.

Jinger Duggar Weight Loss Photo

"She just needed to spread her wings and realize that God still loves her and there is a life after all that seclusion."

Not surprisingly, rumors about Jim Bob clashing with Vuolo have been common over the course of the past year, and Vuolo likely knew that he was making a powerful enemy when he encouraged Jinger to break her father's rules.

But it seems Jeremy realized that Jinger could never be entirely happy living under her Jim Bob's thumb. 

"When you put someone in a bubble like that and they get out - she went rampant, totally rampant," says our source.

"Her husband said, 'This is the way it's going to be: I'm the boss of this family. You're not doing anything wrong by wearing pants or showing your arms.'"

Jinger Duggar on Skates

The insider tells us that he still gets regular updates about the Vuolos from friends who live in Laredo, and he's pleased to report that Jinger has found happiness in her new life.

"I just worry about some of them kids," he tells us.

And our source has a prediction about which of Jim Bob's offspring will be next to rebel against their strict upbringing:

"Josiah's going to be the next one to bust out," he says.

We're sure that's something that many Duggar fans will eagerly look forward to.

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John David Duggar: Furious with Jim Bob’s Greed, Reckless Spending (EXCLUSIVE)

John David Duggar keeps a fairly low profile compared to his more famous siblings.

Unlike so many of his brothers and sisters - including his twin, Jana Duggar - John David seems relatively uninterested in the reality TV spotlight.

John David Duggar Image

The presumption amongst fans has always been that the 28-year-old simply has other ventures to pursue.

John David is a pilot; he does construction and maintenance work on properties owned by his father, and he volunteers with his local police and fire departments.

Without question, the man has a very busy schedule.

But it seems that's not the only reason that he takes a dim view of his parents' unquenchable thirst for fame.

According to a former employee of the Duggars' who spoke to The Hollywood Gossip exclusively, John David has emerged as his family's moral compass in recent years.

Jim Bob Duggar Photo

Which means that when John David is distancing himself from his parents, fans who are drawn to the Duggars by their wholesome values should pay close attention.

"When John David doesn't want to be a part of it, then you know that it ain't right," says the insider.

"John David is a good guy, and he's in a good spot. He gets to do what he wants to do."

And apparently, he wants to do these days is keep a safe distance between himself and some of his father's worldly impulses.

"There's things that Jim Bob does that John doesn't think are right," our source tells us.

Jana Duggar With John David Duggar Image

"Some of his real estate transactions, some of the equipment that he buys - a lot of this stuff, Jim Bob doesn't really need, but he thinks he does."

In the past, we've reported on allegations that Jim Bob is a "high-class hoarder" who's reckless with his finances.

Now, it seems John David has taken issue with his father's profligate ways, not only because they conflict with the Duggars' Christian values, but also because Jim Bob's constant consumption is threatening to bury the family in debt.

"He'll go to an auction and he'll come home with a bucket truck that he got for $4,000, then he'll realize that it needs $8,000 worth of stuff to fix it," says our source.

"And John, he gets kind of tired of that. There's a lot of stuff that Jim Bob does that John doesn't agree with, but now that John's up and in the world, that's his right.

John David and Jana Duggar Photo

And it seems the conflict between father and son goes beyond financial matters and into the Freudian realm, as Jim Bob sees John David as a threat to his familial dominance.

"[John David] is old enough now that he can pick and choose what he wants to do, and that just kills Jim Bob, because he doesn't have that ultimate control," the source tells us.

"He's losing his control factor. He's got control over the little ones while they're there, but he realizes that soon they'll be big and gone, and he'll lose that."

Concluding on a note of levity, our source jokes:

"And then he'll have to deal with Michelle on a full-time basis!"

Jana Duggar: Forced to Do Chores Instead of Dating?!

Jana Duggar is 28 years old and single.

That may not seem like a big deal, but Jana was raised in a family that teaches children from a young age that women are put on earth to procreate.

Cinderella Duggar

So the fact that four of her younger sisters have now married and started families while she remains at home with Mom, Dad, and an ever-dwindling brood of siblings has got to weigh on Jana's mind from time to time.

Jana has been dubbed "the Cinderella Duggar" due to her perceived ability to suffer in silence and devote herself to household chores.

But is she really suffering or is she found fulfillment in serving her family?

Complex questions, but most Duggar fans aren't interested in seeking the answers or listening to what Jana has to say.

Instead, they'd rather focus on what they believe is new evidence that the woman flat-out hates life.

Jana Forever

Recently, the Duggars posted a video of Jana doing some gardening.

Seems innocent enough, but like everything else Jana does, fans quickly interpreted the activity as evidence that she's depressed and miserably lonely.

“It’s sad to watch a 28-year-old woman raising her mother’s ‘blessings.’ Too bad she can’t use her many talents for her own life,” commented one viewer.

"Agreed… it’s horrible that Jana is forced to be the mom for all her younger siblings," remarked another.

Like we said, the act of growing vegetables was somehow taken as further proof that 

Jana Duggar Looks On

And what does Jana have to say about all of this?

Well, not much, sadly, and her silence has been interpreted as further evidence that she's a miserable workhorse who's being forced to shoulder the burden of her parents' decision to sire 19 freakin' kids.

However, it's not unusual that Jana's not speaking up for herself, as Duggar women are rarely permitted to say what's on their minds.

It's possible that she's miserable, but it's equally possible that she's decided marriage and children are simply not for her.

It's tough to say, as most of the comments on the subject are made not by her, but by her father.

Jana Duggar Counting On Promo Photo

“Jana is 28 years old and still single. She’s still praying about ‘the one,’” Jim Bob Duggar told the crowd at a recent Christian leadership conference.

Jana's own comments on the situation often sound forced or scripted.

“I know how it feels to wait for Prince Charming to come along. I’m still waiting. Waiting is not always easy," she said in an interview back in 2016.

She's been mostly silent on the matter ever since.

Fans are desperate for Jana to find the right man, which has led to some interesting rumors over the years.

Jana Duggar Smirk

Some of them have been absurd (like the reports that Jana is courting Tim Tebow), but others have been thoroughly believable.

But others have been entirely believable.

Most recently, it was reported that Jana was dating Caleb Williams, who - like most of her alleged suitors - is a longtime friend of the Duggar family.

Unfortunately, Williams denied the rumors and he and Jana have not been seen in one another's presence since.

So we guess Jana will remain the Cinderella Duggar for the foreseeable future.

At least she'll always have her gardening.

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