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Jessa Duggar

'Newlywed Game' Fail

9/28/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jessa Duggar and husband Ben Seewald tried their best to cover it up -- but ended up miles apart on at least one critical answer while playing a newlywed game.

The couple, married last November, did an appearance at the Southern Women's Show in Orlando Saturday, and agreed to play the game.

You gotta check out Ben and Jessa's tap dance after he revealed it took a while before he fell in love with her. Jessa thought it was much sooner.

If only they'd been asked about "making whoopee." Awesomeness ... 

Josh Duggar

Checks Into Rehab

8/26/2015 9:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826-josh-duggar-instagram-01Josh Duggar checked into a rehab facility yesterday in the wake of his confession he was using the Ashley Madison website to cheat on his wife.

The Duggar family says it's a "long-term treatment center" ... but does not say what kind of treatment he's getting. While Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, have rarely admonished him ... they're directly ripping him now, saying ... "His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear."

They added Josh's wife, Anna, is also getting counseling for her "heart and future" -- and they're praying Josh comes to "complete repentance and sincere change."


Josh Duggar

I'm Addicted to Porn & Cheated

'Biggest Hypocrite Ever'

8/20/2015 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0820_josh-duggar_getty_ashley-madisonJosh Duggar says he's the "biggest hypocrite ever" -- fessing up to having a secret addiction to porn ... and admits he's been cheating on his wife while living a "double life."

Duggar issued a statement in the wake of reports that his name was one of the millions exposed in the Ashley Madison hack ... essentially confirming that he used the cheating website to have affairs. 

"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."

"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."

Duggar continued ... "I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust."

"The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings."

"I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time."


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. 


Mama June

TLC Needs to Cut

ALL Ties With The Duggars

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

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


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.


Jill and Jessa Duggar

We're ALIVE and Well

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


Duggars Are Wrong

Molestation Case was NOT Sealed

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

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. 


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."  


Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Josh Made 'Bad Choices'

6/3/2015 2:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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. 


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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