Jim Bob Duggar: Does He Get Along With ANY of His Sons-In-Law?

It’s been two years since Derick Dillard was fired by TLC, but he still gets asked to comment on his in-laws’ reality TV series.

And his latest remarks left some fans floored.

In case you missed it, Derick threatened to sue TLC and suggested that his father-in-law, Jim Bob Duggar, keeps all the money that the family earns from the show.

The remark raised a lot of questions about the nature of Jim Bob’s relationship not only with Derick, but with all of his sons-in-law.

Aftee all, JB has feuded with just about all of them at one time or another.

And while he seems to prefer some of his daughters’ husbands to others, we’re not sure if the term “favorite” really applies here.

Here’s a brief rundown of Jim Bob’s fraught relationships with the men who married into his family:


1. A Tough Nut to Crack

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We’ve known for quite some time that Jim Bob Duggar doesn’t get along with his sons-in-law. But now, there’s reason to believe the situation is far worse than anyone thought.

2. The Firebrand

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It was Derick Dillard who shined a light on that fact in comments he recently made on Twitter.

3. The Set-Up

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On October 18, a fan asked Dillard about why Jim Bob gets “all the money for the show and doesn’t give any to his children?” Derick took the bait in spectacular fashion.

4. Knocked Down

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“I don’t know. You would have to ask him that,” Dillard replied.

5. Throwing Shade

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From there, Derick accused Jim Bob of negotiating for the entire family without letting anyone else in on the details. The implication seems to be that Derick blames Jim Bob for the fact that he was fired by TLC.

6. The Real Reason

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Of course, we all know that Derick was actually fired for bullying fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings on Twitter, but that didn’t stop Dillard from claiming that he wasn’t fired and suggesting that the network is in cahoots with Jim Bob.

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Kendra Caldwell Surprises Joseph Duggar With Unexpected Baby News!

If you’re a fan of the family, then you know 2019 has been the year of the Duggar baby boom.

As such, recent episodes of Counting On have featured an endless barrage of births, pregnancies, and big announcements.

On last night’s episode, it was Kendra Caldwell’s turn.

She revealed to husband Joe Duggar that she was unexpectedly expecting, but being a Duggar, she couldn’t just tell him the big news verbally.

No, she had slip an announcement into his — well, maybe you should just jump into the gallery below for a full rundown of one of the weirder Counting On episodes in recent memory:


1. The Happy Couple

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It’s been just over two years since Joe and Kendra tied the knot. And being Duggars, they got right down to the business of making babies.

2. Wasting No Time

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Kendra got pregnant with her first child pretty much immediately after saying “I do,” and she welcomed her second, a girl named Addison Renee, just last week.

3. Behind the Times

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But for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, it takes the better part of a year to produce an episode of Counting On, which means Kendra just found out about her second pregnancy on last night’s installment.

4. Folks, She’s Psyched

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Kendra was ecstatic about the news, and she was almost excited about the prospect of informing Joe in a “fun” way.

5. Part of the Job

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Why did she get so creative about the reveal? Well, there’s a very good reason for that …

6. Birthing Content

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Sure, she could have just used her words like a normal person, but as a Duggar woman, Kendra has two jobs, making babies and figuring out ways to fill entire hour-long episodes.

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The Definitive Duggar Family Tree: A Complete Guide to Courtships and Babies!

Large sections of the Old Testament are devoted to genealogies — lengthy lists of couplings and the biblically-significant offspring that they begat.

Given the Duggars’ love for the Good Book, we’re sure someone in the family has compiled a similar compendium of the courtships and marriages that led to the creation of Jim Bob and Michelle’s many granchildren.

It might seem like it would take a monastic scholar to keep track of the rapid expansion of the Counting On clan, but we managed to create a complete list of the #LittleDuggars without locking ourselves in an abbey with a quill and parchment.

But that’s not to say it was a simple task.

After all, Jim Bob and Michelle have a lot of kids, and those kids are very dedicated to the task of populating Northwest Arkansas with Duggars.

So sit back, grab a Duggar-friendly snack (might we suggest a jar of pickles?) and explore the family tree of the most beloved Baptist brood on reality TV:

1. Meet the Duggars

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The Duggar family seems to get bigger by the day. In fact, the Counting On clan has welcomed so bundles of joy in the past decade that some fans might find it difficult to keep up.

2. Humble Beginnings

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had their first child, Josh, in 1988. Needless to say, they didn’t stop there.

3. Fame Comes Calling

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The family first rose to national prominence with a series of Discovery Health and TLC documentaries that mostly focused on Michelle’s last five deliveries.

4. A Bunch of Stars Are Born

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Viewers couldn’t get enough of the wholesome Arkansas clan, and it wasn’t long before the Duggars had their own show.

5. On the Grow

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Initially titled 17 Kids and Counting, the series documented the adventures and unorthodox customs of the still-expanding Duggar clan.

6. Overlapping Generations

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That expansion occurred in more ways than one, as Jim Bob and Michelle welcomed their youngest child (Josie Duggar, now 9) AFTER welcoming their first grandchild.

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Jedidiah Duggar Announces Run For Arkansas House of Representatives: I’m Even More Conservative Than Jim Bob, Y’all!

Well, we knew the day would come when the next generation of Duggars would follow Jim Bob’s lead and run for public office.

We just didn’t think the first one to throw his hat in the ring would be only a few months out of his teens.

For a long time, it looked as though Josh Duggar would enter the political arena, but a handful of sex scandals derailed his career while he was still in the lobbyist stage.

And so, Josh is in exile (read: selling used cars in rural Arkansas), and it’s his brother Jedidiah who’s taken up the mantel of public service.

This week, 20-year-old Jed announced that he’s running for a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

The election is still a year away, but thanks to Jed’s status as a member of reality TV’s most controversial family, his campaign is already gaining a lot of attention.

Take a look:

1. Jed!

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Jed announced this week that he’s running for a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives. If he’s smart, he’ll learn from the mistakes of that OTHER Jed from a famous family and avoid exclamation marks on his campaign signs.

2. Jedsite

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Jed’s official campaign site launched this week, and you probably won’t be surprised to learn the scion of Jim Bob leans HARD to the right in his policy positions.

3. Facing the Issues

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You want issues? Jed’s got ’em! His site lays out his stance on seven hot-button topics, and you better believe Jed’s got strong opinions about God and guns.

4. The Resume

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School? Who’s got time for it? Jed may have not have spent much (or any) time in a classroom … or the military … or even in a full-time job (no, being the nominal head of one of your dad’s car lots doesn’t count) — but he worked on a state senator’s campaign for a couple months last year!

5. Life? Jed’s In Favor of It

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Jed is vehemently pro-life. He threw “100%” in there, so it’s safe to assume he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or medical issues that might threaten the mother’s life. Definitely the kind of decision you want a 20-year-old virgin to make for you.

6. Nothing Says “Pro-Life” Like an Assault Weapon!

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Not surprisingly, Jed is also big on guns. It’s a passion that led him to enlist in the US — oh, wait … like the rest of the Duggars, Jed talks a big game about patriotism but has never considered serving in the military.

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Jill Duggar DEFIES Jim Bob, Celebrates "Demonic" Halloween!

We know that the OG Duggars think that Halloween is for hell-bound sinners and not for members of their fundamentalist cult.

But not all of the married Duggar girls do.

Rebellion is a strong word, but not all abide by Jim Bob’s rules. Case in point: Jill and Derick Dillard made the rounds on Halloween.

Some fans blasted them as hypocrites. Others just noted that they seemed to be cheapskates snagging every holiday freebie that they could get.

“We had a blast. We enjoyed dressing up this evening,” Jill Duggar Dillard announced on Instagram.

She continued: “And going out for some family fall fun and Halloween freebies & deals!”

She shared photos of her with Derick and their boys, on costume, on their adventures.

Jill also provided fans and followers with an itenerary.

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Jill began: “1st stop was @sonicdrivein for some 50 cent corn dogs.”

“2nd stop was to @chipotle for some $4 #booritos,” she continued, adding: “(And no extra charge for the guac tonight!!)”

Jill added: “3rd stop was to @krispykreme for some free donuts.”

She detailed: “(+the hot light was on so they asked us if we wanted the free glazed ones in addition to the free donut of our choice!!)”

It’s a bit of a surprise that Jill and Derick would participate in a holiday so often derided by people who share his belief system.

Halloween has religious, pre-Christian roots, but is largely secular in how it is celebrated by the general public.

The Duggars believe that even fictional portrayals of things like magic and sorcery are part of a “demonic realm.”

So some fans were astonished that Jill would “risk” her children’s spiritual well being by participating in Halloween.

“How is them going to Krispy [Kreme] in costumes celebrating the devil?” one fan asked after a few more diehard Duggar fans commented.

“They dressed up to get freebies and deals,” points out another.

That same comment continues: “It’s no different than dressing up as a cow for the free chicken sandwich at Chic-fil-a each year!”

“Stop judging everything these people do and let them live their lives,” the comment concludes.

Others took aim at precisely that, however — at Jill and Derick using their kids to get free stuff.

One follower admonished them: “Take the poor kids out trick or treating for some real fun, not just so you can get ‘freebies,'”

“So why is it ok to dress up for Halloween to get freebies but not ok to trick or treat??” another asked.

Another follower demanded: “Just buy the donuts geeez!”

“Your boys look adorable!” praises another fan. “This can actually be a very fun holiday. Happy halloween Dillards!”

“Don’t shame a family for trying something new,” a very thought-provoking comment begins.

The comment continues: “You have to remember that she grew up without Halloween, she might be slowly dipping her toes in these new experiences.”

“People go at their own pace if you don’t like how she does things and how she is Learning things then why are you even following her?” the fan writes.

“To get angry at another family? To judge and think you know what her children need?” the fan continues.

“You cannot get mad at two adults enjoying a night out with their children,” the commenter insists.

The comment continues: “And if freebies come with it then so be it. I bet alot of other family’s were doing the same thing here was.”

“But why are you not judging them?” the fan concludes.

Other fans weren’t angry or defensive … just deeply curious.

“How does celebrating Halloween align with your religious views?” one fan asks.

The fan clarifies: “Not meaning such in a way to generate conflict… genuinely interested in hearing the rationales.”

(As a bit of a religion nerd, I’m curious to hear what they would say for myself.)