TLC Cancels ’19 Kids And Counting’

After nine seasons, 227 episodes and a number of specials, TLC is officially canceling 19 Kids and Counting.

The hit reality show “will no longer appear on the air,” the network told The Associated Press Thursday.

The show featuring the Duggar family has been in limbo after star Josh Duggar‘s molestation scandal was revealed this spring.

TLC pulled the plug after the public outcry over a resurfaced police report from 2006 that revealed Josh had been investigated for child molestation when he was a teen.

His sisters Jill Duggar, 24, and Jessa Duggar, 22, later came forward as two of the six victims.

But the Duggar family has stood behind Josh every step of the way.

“We are victims, they can’t do this to us,” Jill tearfully said of the media coverage on her and her family.

Jessa added: “The system that was set up to protect kids, both those who make stupid mistakes or have problems like this in their life and the ones that are affected by those choices. It’s greatly failed.”

While Jessa said that what Josh did was “very wrong,” she criticized those who are calling their brother a child molester, pedophile or rapist.

“I’m like, that is so overboard and a lie really,” Jessa said. “I mean, people get mad at me for saying that but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”

The girls’ parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, outlined that Josh, then 14, came to them “and said he improperly touched some of our daughters.”

Jim Bob said, “He said he was just curious about girls, and he had gone in and basically just touched them over their clothes while they were sleeping.”

Michelle said it was comforting that Josh had confessed to them.

“I think we had one ray of hope in that Josh had a tender conscience and he was the one that came and shared on his own, even though the others really didn’t know anything of his wrongdoing,” she shared.

Michelle went on to say that Josh’s sisters were too young to know that what their brother was doing to them was wrong.

“One by one, as we talked with them, none of them were aware of Josh’s wrong doings,” Michelle said. “It was more his heart, his intent. He knew that it was wrong. But they weren’t even aware. They were like, you know, it wasn’t — to them they didn’t probably even understand that it was an improper touch.”

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