It appears TLC wants to keep some of the Duggars on the air. While the network has temporarily pulled "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule, it seems only inevitable that the reality series will be officially canceled as advertisers continue to bail on the show after Josh Duggar admitted to the child molestation allegations against him.
TLC has yet to pull the plug on the show following not only Josh's admission, but his parents' confirmation that they kept the matter from the authorities. However, Us Weekly reports that the Duggars' adult and married children Jessa and Jill, along with their husbands, Ben Seewald and Derick Dillard, are in talks for their own spinoff series.
"They've invested a lot of time in developing these story lines and the last thing they want to do is to throw it all away,” a source told the magazine, stressing that Josh would not be part of the new spinoff. TLC declined to comment on reports of a spinoff and reiterated to The Huffington Post that no long-term decisions have been made regarding the ultimate fate of "19 Kids and Counting."
The idea of a spinoff featuring the Duggar daughters isn't crazy, given that they've become the stars of the family's current show. In fact, last year a record 4.4 million people tuned in to see Jill get married, while Jessa's wedding special brought in 4.3 million viewers this past April.
Likewise, TMZ previously reported that TLC was considering keeping the show on the air without Josh. However, public backlash to the scandal has been strong, and there are now several petitions on Change.org that call for the cancellation of the TV series.