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Josh Duggar

It's a Girl!

7/20/2015 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0720-josh-duggar-instagramJosh Duggar is a father once again as wife, Anna, gave birth over the weekend to a 7 lb. 14 oz. baby girl named Meredith Grace Duggar.

Let's all agree to pretend this isn't creepy since he confessed to molesting his own sisters and all. 

Nope, not creepy at all. 

Congrats.

Mama June

TLC Needs to Cut

ALL Ties With The Duggars

7/17/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0716-mama-june-duggars-01Mama June is ecstatic TLC officially gave "19 Kids and Counting" the ax, but thinks the Duggar family needs to be punished even more. 

The 'Honey Boo Boo' matriarch's been banging the drum for TLC execs to pull the plug on the Duggars ... just like they did to her fam. 

But June's still pissed because she says Jim Bob and Michelle's clan is getting off easy. The network's still got a Duggars docu-special in the works, which June calls BS -- "I feel it will be another situation for them to get paid for doing something bad."

She adds ... "Like, that kinda behavior is not okay."

It most certainly is not

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Jill Dillard

I'm On a Mission

And Not for '19 Kids and Counting'

6/27/2015 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0627-derick-jill-facebookThere's a big clue that "19 Kids and Counting" will never see air again, because a key member of the brood is leaving the US of A. 

Jill Duggar -- one of Josh Duggar's victims -- just revealed she and hubby Derick Dillard are going overseas on an extended mission trip.

TMZ broke the story ... TLC was considering reconfiiguring the show so Josh would be out of the picture and Jill and Jessa would be front and center.  But with Jill out of the country, that scenario is no longer plausible.

As we reported, TLC has not made an official decision ... but we're hearing the chances of the show coming back are slim to none.

Josh Duggar

Dad Stuck By Me

In Good Times ... and Hard

6/22/2015 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Josh Duggar stepped out of the shadows and into the frizzy light, thanking his dad for his unwavering support.

Josh delivered the video message to Jim Bob on Father's Day, chronicling his life from what everyone thought were innocent times until now.

His voice shows very little emotion ... he never mentions the molestations but it's undeniably the 800 lb elephant in the room.

As TMZ reported, the chances are faint -- extremely faint -- that "19 Kids and Counting" will come back.

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Jill and Jessa Duggar

We're ALIVE and Well

6/20/2015 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

The two women who publicly acknowledge being molested as kids by their brother, Josh Duggar, surfaced Friday at an Ohio airport.

Jill Dillard and hubby Derick, along with Jessa and some guy were mum as they walked through the terminal.

They were all in town for the ALIVE Christian Music Festival in Mineral City, Ohio.

Josh had been scheduled to appear but was scrapped from the event.

Still no word on the fate of "`19 Kids and Counting," but sources connected with the network tell TMZ it's a "long longshot" it will ever see air again.

Josh Duggar

Moving Back to Where He Came From

6/9/2015 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0609-wm-josh-duggar-moving-out-tmz-03Josh Duggar has loaded up his truck and he's movin' ... not to Beverly, but Arkansas.

There's nothing keeping Duggar in the D.C. area now that he's resigned his position as Executive Director of the Family Research Council.  

Josh and his wife, Anna, reportedly bought a house earlier this year in Arkansas near the Duggar homestead ... so it looks like the prodigal son is on his way home. The question ... will there be a TV show when he returns? It's looking like the answer is no.

They always return to the scene of the crime.

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Duggars Are Wrong

Molestation Case was NOT Sealed

6/4/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are full of it when they say the Springdale, Arkansas Police Chief had an agenda in releasing the "sealed" molestation case ... so says the city's top prosecutor. 

Springdale City Attorney Ernest Cate tells TMZ, the case file was never sealed. The reason -- the police report wasn't filed until 2006, 4 years after the molestations began. When the police report was filed, Josh Duggar was 18 ... an adult suspect, and therefore there was no basis for sealing the case.

Cate says he got a Freedom of Information request from a media outlet, and since it was a non-sealed case he was required to release it under the Freedom of Information Act. The names of the minor victims in the police report narrative were redacted. 

This is interesting ... in the narrative, Josh's name was redacted because he was only 14 when the molestations first occurred. Cate says when it comes to sealing a case the relevant time is when the police report is filed, so they were dealing with an adult suspect. 

Jim Bob and Michelle claimed on Fox News Channel they were the real victims, because the Police Chief somehow had an agenda to get them. But Cate says it's just not true ... the city followed the law in releasing the file. 

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Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar

Girls Were Victimized More By Media than Josh

6/4/2015 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar believe whatever their son Josh did to his sisters ... the media was way worse.

The Duggar parents told Fox News' Megyn Kelly ... their family was slandered by tabloids that reported the molestations by twisting the facts. They say their daughters who were victims of their older brother didn't even know they were molested ... until their parents told them.

Michelle says her kids have been victimized by people who have an agenda for profit ... she was not more specific.

And she thinks her daughters have been victimized more by media reports than by Josh's actions.

And check out the video below ... the Duggars explain Josh's conduct by saying "he was just curious about girls."  

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Josh Made 'Bad Choices'

6/3/2015 2:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are finally copping to being failures as parents -- but their description of Josh Duggar’s molestation incidents might seriously piss you off.

Josh's parents sat down with Megyn Kelly of FOX News to speak out for the first time since the molestation story broke -- and on the heels of a newly released police report that shows Jim Bob and Michelle horribly dragged their feet on reporting Josh's crimes.

FOX released this brief clip of the interview (which airs Wednesday night) ... in which they rather nonchalantly describe Josh's "choices."  

TLC has yet to make a final decision on the fate of "19 Kids and Counting" -- and it was not involved in setting up the Duggar's FOX interview. We're told execs will be watching closely when it airs. 

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Covered Up Molestation

6/3/2015 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0521-the-duggar-family-tlc-3Josh Duggar's parents knew he repeatedly molested his five-year-old sister but failed to notify authorities for at least 16 months ... this according to a just-released police report.

According to the report, obtained by In Touch, Josh confessed to Jim Bob on 3 separate occasions that he molested at least one sister. Here's the worst part ... after the first confession, Jim Bob did nothing and the molestations continued. And after the second confession, Jim Bob again did nothing to notify authorities or even get him help and again the molestations continued. 

After the third confession, Josh's parents enrolled him in a treatment program, but they did not notify authorities until at least 4 months after the last confession.  And get this ... the delay was at least 16 months after Josh's first confession.

Put another way, had Jim Bob and Michelle notified authorities immediately after Josh's first confession, they might have taken action that would have prevented the subsequent molestations.

It's possible the Duggar parents could have been prosecuted for permitting abuse of a minor, but the statute of limitations has long since passed. 

TLC still hasn't announced the fate of "19 Kids and Counting," but now that there's evidence the parents may have covered up the crime, it's going to be hard for TLC to keep the show afloat.

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'Little Couple'

Duggar Scandal...

TLC Stars on Silent Mode

5/31/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TLC has clearly put a muzzle on its stable of stars, because mere mention of the Duggar molestation scandal sends its celebs -- big and small -- running for cover. 

Our photog spotted the stars of "The Little Couple" in NYC and tried asking about the story, but the TLC handler was having none of it.

Fact is ... it's a wise move for the stars of the other shows to stay mum and watch how it all plays out.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

We're Ready To Talk About the Molestation

5/30/2015 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are breaking their silence about their son molesting young girls, including some of their own daughters, and they're doing it on Fox News Channel.  

Michelle says she and Jim Bob will sit down with Megyn Kelly some time next week to, "share our hearts with you about the pain that we walked through as a family twelve years ago, the tears we all shed and the forgiveness that was given."

This could be a Hail Mary ... as we reported, our sources say TLC is leaning toward canceling "19 Kids and Counting."

FNC says the interview will air June 3rd at 9 on The Kelly File.

'19 Kids and Counting'

Pulled From Hulu

5/28/2015 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0528-hulu-hero-banner-01Hulu has pulled the plug on "19 Kids and Counting." 

The popular streaming site was bombarded with messages from users who wanted the show 86'd in the wake of the Josh Duggar molestation scandal.

Hulu responded quickly, saying, "The show page has already been removed, and is no longer hosted on Hulu."

This puts even more pressure on TLC to make a move. As we reported, we're told the network is leaning toward cancellation, but at this point, they may not have a choice.  Advertisers are fleeing in droves.

0528-hulu-404-19kidsThe show was available as recently as Wednesday afternoon.

TLC has already pulled the show from air, but has yet to decide on its long-term future ... though the smart money is on cancellation.

We reached out to Hulu for comment ... so far, no word back.

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