Duggar family responds to TLC canceling '19 Kids and Counting’

The Duggar family  has posted a lengthy statement on their official website, addressing TLC's cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting.”

>>Read the full statement.

The family appears to be at peace with the network’s decision to cancel the long-running reality show featuring their large family and it appears there are no hard feelings.

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“Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God.

We are so thankful for our film crew that has shown up at our house for over a decade. They have become like family to us. They have invested their time and energy into our lives and have been so loving and patient. We love and appreciate them so much!”

The Duggars do briefly address the sexual abuse allegations levied against son Josh, who has been accused of molesting some of his sisters when he was a teenager. He has not faced any formal charges, but apologized and resigned from his position as lobbyist for the Family Research Council.

“With God’s grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become.

It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.”

The Duggars also state that they will be working with TLC on  a documentary about child sexual abuse. TLC discusses this in greater detail in the about the decision to cancel “19 Kids and Counting.”

>>Read  TLC'S statement.

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