JOE and Kendra Duggar insist there will be “new seasons and endeavors,” as they break their silence following the cancellation of Counting On.
Counting On was canceled earlier this week after Jim Bob and Michelle’s oldest child, Josh, was arrested and charged with two counts of child pornography.
Joe and Kendra, who appeared frequently on Counting On through the years, spoke out for the first time since the cancellation.
Their Instagram statement read: “With the recent announcement that this season of life with ‘Counting On’ has come to a close, we want to express our love and gratitude to all of you who have shown us such kindness and support through the years.
“We’ve enjoyed sharing our story with you all, met so many amazing people and made so many wonderful friends. We know that God guides our lives and cares of us every step of the way and while this is the end of one stage of our journey, life continues with new seasons and endeavors.”
The statement ended with: “Thank you for loving and supporting us!”
Breaking their silence comes after Jim Bob and Michelle released their own statement responding to the cancellation news.
The words on their website read: “It is hard to believe that more than 17 years have passed since we were first contacted by a production company wanting to do a one-hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children.
"Our family has grown (and grown up!) before our eyes and on national television, and the journey has been miraculous—following God is an exciting adventure!"
The parents of 19 children said some of their "most treasured moments have been those when we met children across the country who are alive today because of our testimony that children are a blessing."
The statement continued: "Since we began filming so long ago, we’ve had the amazing honor to share our lives, our faith, and our story with you—including some of the most difficult and painful moments our family has ever faced.
"We are full of deep gratitude for the love shown to us and the prayers of so many who have sustained us both now and through the years.”
Jim Bob and Michelle added: "We look forward to all the new adventures and endeavors that may come our way, and with so many grown children and wonderful grandchildren, we know our love will only continue to multiply!”
They finished the statement by saying they were "forever grateful" to the film crew who filmed them and became "like family to us over the years.”
The coupled ended: "The wonderful experiences that filming has provided us will be treasured always, and we look forward to discovering what’s next for our family and sharing more with you along the way.”
Counting On first aired in 2015 as a spin-off to 19 Kids & Counting, which was also axed after Josh, 33, was accused of molesting five minor females.
The final season ended in September 2020
More than 28,000 people signed the petition on Change.org to have the series canceled.
An insider told The Sun exclusively: "The decision was made by TLC earlier this week to cancel the show.
"The family was told over the phone shortly after and it's still very hush hush.
"The petition from those who boycotted Counting On was hard to ignore, and sponsors were very concerned following Josh's arrest.
"There have been a lot of discussions in recent weeks as the network had already spent money on production after months of filming.
"But the bottom line is, the network really wants to be on the right side of this scandal ahead of Josh's trial. It was important for bosses to be seen to have taken action.
"The case has put the show in such a bad light, and although it's a shame for those who worked hard on it, and the money spent, there really is no way forward.”
TLC released in a statement: "TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On. TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”
Jim Bob and Michelle's oldest child Josh, 33, was arrested and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography in April 2021.
Josh pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment.
Josh’s trial was scheduled for July 2021, but he requested the hearing be postponed to February 2022 so a computer forensic expert “can examine his devices,” The Sun exclusively reported.
A judge postponed the trial to November 2021.
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