More advertisers have dumped the Duggar family’s TLC reality show, “Jill and Jessa: Counting On,” citing Josh Duggar‘s child molestation and sex scandals.
Several months ago, more than 12 corporate sponsors pulled their ads from season 1 of “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” saying they did not want to be associated with Josh’s scandalous past.
Despite losing advertisers, TLC renewed “Jill and Jessa” for season 2, which premiere Aug. 23.
Since then, four more companies have pulled their ads: Gerber Life, Hotwire, Trivago and Thumbtack.com.
Gerber and Trivago told InTouch they were shocked when they saw their commercials airing during the season 2 premiere of “Jill and Jessa.”
“The Gerber Life ad was inadvertently shown during the premiere of ‘Counting On,'” said a rep. “We have been assured that Gerber Life ads will no longer be shown during this program.”
A Trivago rep said their ad also aired by mistake: “We did not have control over when the advertisement ran, as it was a direct-response buy. We did not purposely intend to advertise during any specific TLC program.”
Hotwire said it is dumping TLC due to consumer backlash over Josh Duggar’s child molestation and sex scandals.
“After further consideration we have decided to remove this network from our plan,” said a Hotwire rep.
The Duggar family’s hit show, 19 Kids and Counting, was canceled in July 2015 after 11 seasons amid news that Josh Duggar had sexually molested 5 underage girls — including 4 of his sisters — when he was 14 years old.
The cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting” was a huge financial drain on the Duggars, who had earned $25,000 to $45,000 per episode.
The unemployed Duggars have not been able to make for the lost income with other jobs, but TLC threw the Duggars a lifeline when it gave the family a spinoff that would focus on the Duggar girls’ dating, weddings and pregnancies.
In true Duggar form, Jinger Duggar got engaged and Jessa Duggar Seewald got pregnant before the season 2 premiere, so it looks like the TV money train is back in business. For now.