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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.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to Derick Dillard: Stop Being So Homophobic!

By now, we're all very familiar with the very strict courting rules that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar apply to all their children.

No kissing before marriage. No public displays of affection at all. No revealing outfits. And so on and so forth.

But a new report also indicates that the couple is trying to impose a pretty simple rule on son-in-law Derick Dillard, and it goes something like this:

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar on Vacation

SHUT THE EFF UP WITH ALL YOUR HOMOPHOBIC TWEETS AND COMMENTS!

According to Radar Online, it's not necessarily that Jim Bob and Michelle disagree with many of Dillard's most controversial opinions...

... it's that he voices these opinions on social media and makes everyone associated with him look terrible as a result.

“Everything that Derick has said has caused the family bad press,” says a Radar insider.

The whole Duggar family, especially the famous matriarch and patriarch, are now “pissed off” about it, this source continued.

Dillard's run of open intolerance started about a year ago when he constantly dragged transgender reality star Jazz Jennings on Twitter.

His comments have included how bring "'transgender is a myth," and that "gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God."

Derick Dillard on Social Media

Despite Jennings never really responding to these offensive remarks and always taking the high road when asked about Dillard, Derick has continued with the attacks.

In response to Jazz undergoing gender confirmation surgery, for example, Dillard blasted this procedure as a form of child abuse.

TLC fired Derick months ago for being a bigoted jerk and relatives such as Jeremy Vuolo have seemingly hurled shade in his direction as well.

Most recently, Dillard offers online praise to a baker who refused to make a gay wedding cake.

The Radar Online insider says that Dillard’s in-laws have attempted to respect the fact that Derick is married to Jill, but they have decided to confront him because “they don’t like what he is doing.”

It's one thing to simply possess the views espoused by Dillard.

It's another to drag his relatives down with him as he publicizes each and every one of them.

Derick Dillard and Jazz Jennings

The source explains to Radar that the Duggars are concerned about “what he says and how he says it.”

And this message has possibly gotten across because Dillard has made his Twitter account private, while tampering down his most controversial of takes of late.

We have no doubt he's still hugely homophobic, but he's seemingly realized that it's been causing him personal and professional distress to shout this fact from the virtual rooftops.

Maybe if he can learn that fact, he can someday learn those in the LGBT community are just regular people and that one's sexual preference has nothing to do with what type of person one is and...

... sorry, nevermind.

There's a better chance of Jim Bob and Michelle encouraging their kids to engage in premarital sex than there is of this happening.

Jill Duggar Rocks Swimwear

Dillard married Jill Duggar on June 21, 2014.

The couple are parents to a three-year old son named Israel and a one-year old son named Samuel.

We hear that he may soon start attending law school in Arkansas, which would be an interesting move for him, huh?

Anyway, the guy is close-minded and ignorant and sucks a lot.

Anyone care to disagree?

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

Michelle duggar crazy eyes
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

Michelle duggar on 19 kids
Unfortunately, some of Michelle's favorite techniques haven't aged well. In fact, some have described them as downright abusive.

3. The Next Generation

Duggar girls
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

Jana and michelle duggar
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

Josh and michelle duggar
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

Michelle duggar and jim bob duggar
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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Jim Bob Duggar: Ladies, Here’s How to Keep Your Husband Happy

For most people, Jim Bob Duggar is up there with O.J. Simpson on the list of people who are least qualified to dole out relationship advice.

But some folks look at old JBD as a romantic role model.

After all, if your goal is to sire a small army and then make a bunch of weirdly strict rules governing how they're allowed to use their own genitals, the Duggar patriarch is your man.

Jim Bob and Michelle celebrated another wedding anniversary this week, and they decided to flip the script by giving a gift to fans in the form of preachy marital advice.

So put on your tapered jeans or your floor-length skirt and allow Jim Bob to school you in the ways of romance:

1. Laying Down the Law

Michelle duggar and jim bob duggar
Jim Bob began his latest sermon by listing the seven things that every man needs from his wife. Somehow, "crimped fright-wig hair" didn't make the list.

2. A man needs a wife who is loyal and supportive

Jim bob and michelle duggar divorce photo
We guess this one is self-explanatory. Unfortunately, Jim Bob never taught his sons the importance of being loyal and supportive, right, Josh Duggar?

3. A man needs a wife who honors his leadership

Jim bob duggar and michelle duggar on vacation
As for this one ... well, it's anyone's guess what the hell this means. All we know is that it sounds super cult-y, and the Duggars love them a good cult mentality.

4. A man needs a wife who develops inward and outward beauty.

Michelle duggar cheerleader photo
We suppose this one was inevitable. Ladies, Jim Bob wants you to stay hot for your man. And remember, there's no plastic surgery for inner beauty.

5. A man needs a wife who will make appeals, not demands.

Michelle jim bob baby
As in, she appeals to you to stop issuing so many freakin' demands. Like there aren't enough rules for the Duggars to follow already.

6. A man needs a wife who understands his need for time alone with God

Jim bob and michelle duggar kiss
"God" is a versatile term here. It can mean the monotheistic deity of the Abrahamic religions, or the stack of Playboys you keep in the shed.
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Jim Bob Duggar Accused of Manipulating Daughters’ Love Lives

Even the most ardent defender of Jim Bob Duggar (if such a thing exists) would likely concede that the best word to describe the reality star's involvement in his daughters' love lives is "creepy."

Don't get us wrong, JB exercises far too much control over his son's lives, as well (except, of course, in Josh's case, but that's a conversation for another time).

Jessa, Ben ... and Jim Bob

When it comes to the girls in the family, however, it's no exaggeration to say "you can't date a Duggar daughter without dating her dad."

That's the frighteningly accurate fashion in which columnist Mary Grace Garis describes the situation in a piece published by In Touch Weekly today.

Whether you're a fan of the family's reality show or you tune in each week with a pair of Clockwork Orange eye clamps affixed firmly to your lids out of morbid curiosity, you're no doubt familiar with the Duggar's courtship rules.

The parts of the process that get the most attention have to do with the lengths to which Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will go in order to ensure their children don't engage in anything that remotely resembling premarital sex.

Unmarried Duggar couples are not allowed kiss, hold hands for more than a few seconds, "front hug," (lest their clothed genitals should come in close proximity), or even be alone together.

Jim Bob, Michelle, Jessa and Ben Seewald

Frightening stuff, to be sure, but the way Jim Bob puts these young people through the emotional wringer is arguably just as damaging.

The Duggars have boasted in the past about how potential suitors have to get through dad before they're permitted to spend any time with his daughters.

"The girls have always said they would send any guy who was interested in them to Dad," Michelle has said in the past.

"That’s a good thing – that is such good protection for them."

And this isn't just a case of JB sitting the guy down and asking about his intentions.

No, Jim Bob makes men who are interested in one his daughters fill out 50-page questionnaire before he'll consider the possibility of a courtship. 

Austin Forsyth, Joy-Anna Duggar, Michelle Duggar, and Jim Bob Duggar

The first guy to endure this treatment was Derick Dillard -- but he turned out to be an all-time douche, so he really didn't receive much sympathy from Counting On viewers.

Disturbingly, Jim Bob's behavior has only gotten worse over the years, as evidenced by his contentious relationship with Jeremy Vuolo, husband of Jinger Duggar.

Fans were baffled at the time, as Jeremy seemed to be the least problematic of all the men who had married Jim Bob's daughters up to that point.

But it all began to make sense when Jinger rebelled against her father by leaving her home state or Arkansas and -- gasp!  -- wearing pants!

Jim Bob must have figured out early on that Jeremy believed in such far-left ideas as allowing women free will.

And in the end, the situation served as a reminder that suppressing the rights of women is the main driver behind so many of Jim Bob's actions.

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

Michelle Duggar Defends Treating Children Like Servants: They Love It!

If you're a fan of her family's reality show, then you're probably aware that Michelle Duggar is a mother of 20.

(She and husband Jim Bob adopted their nephew, Tyler Duggar last year.)

It's true that no one in their right mind would dispute the fact that Michelle is mother to a genuinely insane number of children -- but there's some disagreement regarding just how much how much mothering she's actually done.

Duggar, Michelle

Yes, depending on how closely you pay attention to the Duggars' social media accounts and Michelle's comments on child-rearing, you might fall into one of two schools of thought regarding her skills as a mother:

There are those who feel she's the uber-mom, named not for her weekend ride-sharing gig, but for her astonishing ability to attend to the needs of double-digit offspring without letting the least of her children feel left out.

And then there are those who believe that Michelle is essentially running a child-rearing sweatshop or pyramid scheme, essentially passing off the demands of the household to her oldest kids, who then burden the younger kids with those duties once they've been properly trained.

And what does Michelle have to say about these controversial practices?

Well, as the folks at In Touch Weekly point out, she just can't imagine why anyone would have a problem with her division of labor.

Michelle Ruark

"The little ones love to help," Michelle once stated.

"They have such a servant's heart." 

Yes, there's nothing kids love quite as much as being servants.

Fortunately for Michelle, it seems all 20 of her children have the exact same disposition and none of them would prefer to be outside playing with their friends or otherwise being children.

The Duggars are taught from a young age that chores are second only to procreating on the list of acceptable activities to be engaged in when Jesus comes back.

As such, when they take on a new responsibility because the previous laborer left the nest or simply became too decrepit, a sacred torch has been passed.

Jordyn Duggar Does Laundry

That's 9-year-old Jordyn Duggar doing her first load of laundry.

The family made a congratulatory video to mark the occasion of her completed training.

Jordyn inherited the duty from Joy-Anna Duggar, who in turn inherited it from her grandmother.

"This is my jurisdiction, Grandma washes it all and I do put it away and...do the shoes," Joy-Anna once remarked in one of the Duggars' YouTube videos.

To ensure that all of the tasks around the Duggar compound are properly completed, the family has designed a strictly-enforced system of rewards and punishments.

An important part of this system is the chore pack, explained in the video below by top enforcer Jana Duggar:

Yes, when they're finished with their chore pack, the Duggar kids report not to their parents, but to their older siblings.

It's a system that brings to mind the prison practice of allowing more seasoned inmates to run the cafeteria instead of the guards.

It also might help to explain why Duggar children are so quick to start families of their own and fly the coop.

Perhaps Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth at 19 because she fell madly in love ... but even if that's the case, the possibility of escaping laundry duty may have also factored into her decision.

And why would Jana Duggar remain single and resign herself to such brutal conditions?

Well, there's something to be said for being at the top of the hierarchy -- as well as for the power of Stockholm Syndrome.

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

Amy Duggar: I’ve Been Kicked Out of My Own Family!

We're about to take you back to the dark days before Josiah Duggar began rebelling against his father's strict rules and harsh disciplinary tactics. 

We're talking way, way back to a time when no Duggar women wore pants -- a time when if you wanted to find someone with the last name Duggar who wasn't completely under Jim Bob's thumb, you had to leave the Tontitown compound and travel to the Fayetteville home of Ms. Amy Duggar-King.

Amy Duggar on Marriage Boot Camp

Newer fans of the family might not even remember cousin Amy, as her role in the Duggar media empire has been severely diminished in recent years.

And sources say that's no accident.

According to Radar Online, Amy Duggar is now forbidden to publicly associate with her famous aunt, uncle, and cousins in any way.

She reportedly was not invited to Josiah Duggar's bachelor party that took place over the weekend, and she does not expect to be invited to his wedding.

Furthermore, Amy has been asked to remove all photos of her cousins from her social media accounts and to refrain from speaking with the press about Jim Bob, Michelle, or their offspring.

In effect, like Josh Duggar before her, Amy has been exiled from the famous branch of her family.

Amy King Picture

“Amy is not allowed to talk about the Duggars anymore,” a source tells Radar.

“Amy went through her Instagram and had to delete all the pictures she had with her cousins."

Insiders say Amy is heartbroken by the request, and despite her considerable humiliation she "still loves" her entire family.

Of course, this isn't the first time that there have been reports of serious strain in Amy's relationship with Jim Bob.

When Amy married Dillon King back in 2015, the Duggars attended the ceremony but left the reception almost immediately, per Jim Bob's orders.

The father of 20 was reportedly upset by the fact that his niece had decided to allow alcohol and dancing at her wedding.

Amy Duggar Instagram Image

In a 2016 interview, Amy revealed that she's only allowed to see her cousins at their home in Tontitown, as they've been forbidden from going to visit her in Fayetteville.

“It’s a rule," she said at the time.

"f I want to spend quality time with them, I have to come see them.”

Insiders say that even though Amy has long known that Jim Bob does not approve of her lifestyle, she's stunned by the latest steps he's taken to cut ties with her completely.

Asked to comment on the situation by Radar today, Amy replied simply, “No comment.”

We'll have further information on this developing story as more information becomes available.

In the meantime, watch Counting On online to relive Amy's contentious relationship with her famous uncle.

Josh Duggar: Using Fake Names to Scam Fans Out of Money?!

Back in 2015, news of the Josh Duggar sex scandals shook fans to their core and threatened to bring an end to the Duggar family's media empire.

Remarkably, three years later, life has pretty much returned to normal for the Duggars -- with the notable exception of Josh, of course.

Anna, Josh Duggar

While his parents and siblings made a rather smooth transition back to the spotlight, Josh remains exiled from both fans and his family.

Currently, Josh works on a used car lot owned by his father, and he lives several miles away from the neighborhood in Tontitown, Arkansas that most of them call home.

Of course, the clearest indicator of the rift between the former lobbyist and the rest of his family might be that Josh no longer worships at the Duggar family church.

Josh is reportedly in dire financial straits, as he attempts to raise five children on a car lot attendant's salary and with little financial help from his wealthy family.

But that's just one of the reasons that fans are wary of Josh's latest "fundraising" efforts.

Anna and Josh Duggar: Bible Launch Event in D.C.

Josh returned to Facebook this week with little fanfare, and he's apparently on a mission.

Thus far, Josh's activity on the site has been extremely limited:

As In Touch Weekly points out, he changed his profile picture to a photo of his son Matthew -- and he announced that he'll be raising money for two family friends who were involved in a car accident.

Of course, this is Josh Duggar we're talking about, so it wasn't long before fans noticed something deeply suspicious about his philanthropic efforts.

As one Facebook user quickly pointed out, the fundraiser that Josh is encouraging fans to contribute to was apparently started by someone named Janie Williams.

Anna, Josh Duggar Pic

The only problem there is the fact that Janie doesn't appear to be a real person.

"Both names are listed on the GoFundMe as running the campaign," the fan wrote on Facebook. 

"When I click on Janie's name, it led me to Josh's profile," she continued.

"I can see Josh using the common [names] Janie/Joe and common last [names] Williams/Smith to try [and] hide. I [don't see] a Janie Williams listed as a friend on Josh's page."

Yes, it appears that Josh has constructed yet another alias for himself.

In the past, he's been caught using the name Joe Smithson on social media.

Anna, Josh Duggar Photo

And of course, there was the fake Ashley Madison profile that Josh used to try and cheat on his wife.

So what exactly is going on here?

Well, it's tough to say, but the Duggars have a long history of begging fans for money under suspicious pretenses.

Now, it looks like Josh is attempting to supplement his meager income with a little light fraud.

All in a day's work for one of the shadiest figures west of the Mississippi.

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

Duggar Family Courtship Questionnaire: Revealed! Bizarre!

One of the most heavily-scrutinized aspects of life in the Duggar clan is the courtship process by which young people find suitable spouses.

Casual dating, premarital sex, and divorce are all forbidden in the Duggars' world, so there's a lot riding on every courtship.

Despite all that, the process moves fast -- very fast.

Often, Duggars get engaged just a few weeks after they begin courting, and they're married a few weeks after that.

So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the family has its mate selection protocol down to a science.

Thanks to the folks over at Free Jinger, as of today, we know more about the process than ever before, and as you might expect, the whole thing is intensely creepy.

Without further ado, here are some of the more bizarre highlights from the list of 423 questions (!!!) that are presented to potential Duggar suitors.

It's believed that both male and female courtship partners are forced to fill out the questionnaire, and of course, the responses are reviewed by Jim Bob himself:

1. Do you ever seek advice from others?

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This is the very first question in the very first section, entitled "Life Influences". If your answer is anything other than "the lord and savior JC," ya best just keep it moving.

2. Who were your role models and heroes? For what reasons?

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We're still under the "Life Influences" heading here. Again, if you're answer doesn't start wth "J" and end wth "-esus of Nazareth," then don't let the door hit you.

3. You are the result of the influence of which people?

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Is it us, or is this just a weird way of repeating the previous question? The list is 423 questions long, JB, maybe you could trim the fat a little.

4. What personality traits and/or strengths do you see in women/men you know that you would desire for your wife/husband to possess?

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This one provides a great opportunity to troll Jim Bob with an answer like "the ability to shotgun a 12-pack of Bud Light Limes on a nude beach in San Tropez."

5. What do you read?

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Obviously, this is 100 percent a trap question. The Bible is the only answer that won't have you cast out like Satan himself. Feel free to answer "the Harry Potter series" if you want to see steam shoot from a grown man's ears.

6. Would you be willing to die for Christ? If you're not dying daily, how can you be so sure you would then?

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Now we're in the "Spiritual Life" section, and we think it's safe to say things will be getting a lot more abstract from here on out. It's okay to encourage your spouse to engage in a certain activity every day, but it should be something like making homemade mac and cheese ... not, ya know, dying.
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Duggar Family: Response to Arkansas Abortion Law Stuns Fans

Earlier today, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the nation's most restrictive anti-abortion law to go into effect.

The justices declined to hear an appeal against the Arkansas law, which would severely limit the ability of doctors to provide medication-induced abortions to their patients.

The law has been the subject of intense debate on social media, and many are wondering what the state's most famous abortion opponents have to say.

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But surprisingly, thus far, the Duggars have been silent on the matter.

Yes, despite previously comparing abortion to the Holocaust and spearheading fundraising efforts for anti-choice protesters, not one of the Duggars has commented on today's developments.

The silence, of course, speaks volumes, and both fans and critics alike are wondering when and how the family will finally make a statement.

The Duggars have a long history of political engagement, and they've gone on record as saying they won't be satisfied until abortion is prohibited on a federal level.

So while they likely don't view today's ruling as a total victory, they almost certainly see it as a major step in the right direction.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

Most surprising of all is the fact that Jill Duggar's husband, Derick Dillard, has not yet spoken out on the matter.

Dillard's controversial political views have made him a divisive figure in recent months.

In November of 2017, Dillard was fired from the Duggar's reality show, Counting On, after making statements that many construed as transphobic on Twitter.

Jill quit the show as a gesture of solidarity, and Derick's views have lurched even more to the far-right in the time since his business relationship with TLC came to an abrupt end.

It was widely expected that Derick would have much to say about today's events, but thus far, he's keeping his views to himself.

In the meantime, others are making their voices heard on the matter.

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"Arkansas is now shamefully responsible for being the first state to ban medication abortion," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement issued this afternoon.

"This dangerous law also immediately ends access to safe, legal abortion at all but one health center in the state. If that's not an undue burden, what is?" she added.

"This law cannot and must not stand. We will not stop fighting for every person's right to access safe, legal abortion."

Laguens points out that if the law is permitted to take effect, two of the three facilities that perform abortions in Arkansas would likely be forced to close.

On the other side of the political spectrum is Family Council Executive Director Jerry Cox, who issued a statement in support of the law:

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"This is very good news for people who care about the safety of women in Arkansas," Cox said adding:

"This is a pro-life victory not only for the women of Arkansas, but for women across the nation. I'm sure other states will be looking at Arkansas and considering following our example."

Today's development comes on the heels of attempts by Arkansas lawmakers to institute a ban on abortions after the 12-week mark of a pregnancy.

That effort was blocked by a federal appeals court.

We'll continue to be on the lookout for the official Duggar response to today's appeal rejection.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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

Jill Duggar: I Can’t Wait to Punish My Kids Like My Mom Punished Me!

Over the weekend, Americans celebrated mothers of all kinds - the good, the bad, and the deeply problematic.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that one of reality TV's most controversial moms had her social media followers in an uproar thanks to a divisive remark she posted online.

Fans of her famous family love to criticize Jill Duggar's parenting, and to be fair, she gives them a lot of ammo.

And yesterday was no exception, as Jill attracted negative attention with some bizarre observations about her own upbringing and the ways in which it's influenced her relationship with her two sons ...

1. Jill's Brood

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Jill has two sons by husband Derick Dillard. In recent months, the Dillards have emerged as controversial figures, even by the lofty standards of the Duggar clan.

2. Mom Drama

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Jill is frequently criticized for her parenting decisions, such as when she opted to walk two miles with her sons in order to eat at Chik-Fil-A.

3. Not Backing Down

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But in true Duggar fashion, Jill and Derick have refused to shy away from controversy, and in fact, they seem to be embracing all of the negative attention.

4. More Time Than Ever

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These days, the Dillards are both unemployed, as Derick has been fired from Counting On, and Jill quit the show in a gesture of solidarity. As a result, the couple has no source of income, but more time than ever to devote to their kids.

5. Controversal Methods

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And of course, Jill is sticking with the same controversial approaches to parenting that made her parents such contentious figures.

6. Like Mother, Like Daughter

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And it seems that when she's faced with a parenting quandary, Jill takes her cues from the woman who raised her.
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