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TLC Cancels Counting On Following Josh Duggars Child Pornography Arrest

Meanwhile, Josh’s criminal trial has been delayed to November 30 after his defense team filed a motion in the Western District of Arkansas Court to delay the trial until February 2022.

AceShowbiz -TLC has pulled the plug on “Counting On” after 11 seasons in the wake of Josh Duggar‘s arrest in April. The network confirmed on Tuesday, June 29 that it has no plan to work with the Duggars after the scandal.”

“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of ‘Counting On’,” the network said in a statement. “TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”

Serving as a spin-off series to “19 Kids and Counting“, “Counting On” premiered on TLC in 2015. The spin-off was actually created amid the molestation controversy surrounding Josh.

The eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar was accused of molesting five underage girls as a teenager. His sisters, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, later came forward as being two of the victims. They, however, insisted that they already “moved on” and forgiven their brother when the news surfaced. The scandal led to the cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting” that first aired in 2008.

Just month after the cancellation, Josh got into another scandal. According to Gawker, Josh had active accounts on Ashley Madison, a website created to facilitate cheating on your spouse. In response to the reports, Josh issued an apology in which he admitted to having a pornography addiction and cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar.

“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife,” so he wrote. “I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”

Most recently, Josh pleaded not guilty to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. He alleged had ad more than 200 images of children on his computer. He was arrested in April before being released from jail a week after.

If convicted, he could receive up to 20 years of imprisonment and up to $250,000 in fines on each of the two counts. Josh is currently awaiting his trial, which has been pushed from July 6 to November 30. The delay arrives weeks after Josh’s defense team, led by attorney Justin Gelfand, filed a motion in the Western District of Arkansas Court to delay the trial until February 2022. They argued that the defense needs more time to complete the process reviewing the case evidence with the help of a computer forensics expert.

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