Here’s Why TLC Isn’t Talking About the Duggars

Inside the network’s no-comment strategy

More than 19 days and counting. That's how long it's been (at press time) since TLC has publicly commented on the child molestation controversy that has enveloped the network and the Duggar family, the stars of its signature reality show, 19 Kids and Counting. On May 22, one day after parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar confirmed reports that their oldest son Josh had molested several underage girls in 2002 and 2003—they later revealed the victims were four of his sisters and a family babysitter—the network announced it had pulled 19 Kids from the air, adding, "We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation."

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