Josh Duggar will NOT return to his family’s reality TV show, “Jill and Jessa: Counting On,” despite rumors claiming otherwise.
Tabloid rumors that Josh will appear on season 2 of Jill and Jessa: Counting On are “absolutely untrue,” a source told People.
Duggar has kept a low profile since returning home to Arkansas in March 2016 after spending 7 months in rehab for porn and sex addictions.
Josh, 28, went to rehab after confessing he had cheated on his wife, Anna Duggar, with several women, including porn star Danica Dillon.
In July 2015, TLC cancelled the Duggar family’s hit TV show, 19 Kids and Counting, amid reports that Josh admitted sexually molesting five underage girls — including 4 of his sisters — when he was 14 years old.
Josh fondled the girls’ breasts and genitals, in some cases when they were asleep, according to a police report. Josh’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, told authorities Josh had apologized to his victims and they had “forgiven” him.
Jim Bob was slammed for waiting more than a year after Josh confessed to being a child molester before contacting the police, which had received criminal complaints about Josh’s molestation from his other victims back in 2006.
19 Kids was a cash cow for both TLC and the Duggars, who earned $25,000 to $45,000 per episode, as TheImproper has reported. The Duggars have not been able to make the lost income with other jobs, as most of the clan are unemployed.
Josh has since apologized for his sex scandals, but the damage was done to the Duggar family — until TLC revived the Duggars’ reality TV gravy chain with a spinoff of 19 Kids and Counting called Jill and Jessa: Counting On in December 2015.
The show garnered mediocre ratings and lost many corporate sponsors who didn’t want to be associated with the Duggar’s spectre of child abuse and adultery, but Jill and Jessa was renewed in June 2016 for a second season.
Season 2 of Jill and Jessa premieres (without Josh Duggar!) at the end of this summer.