Advertisers Distance Themselves from ’19 Kids and Counting’ Following Abuse Claims

According to multiple reports, several major advertiser have pulled TV spots from the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting. Last week, star Josh Duggar issued an apology following the release of police reports that show he had been accused of sexually abusing children as a teenager. The Hollywood Reporter says that Choice Hotels and Payless ShoeSource have joined companies including General Mills and Walgreens who are no longer advertising on the reality series. Reruns of the series have been dropped from the TLC schedule.

Josh, 27, who is the oldest of the Duggar children, resigned from the political group Family Research Council and issued an apology last week for acting “inexcusably.” He wrote, “We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling … I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life.” (You can read it in its entirety on Facebook). InTouch Weekly published a police report, which indicated Duggar was investigated for molesting several young girls in incidents dating back to 2002, but managed to avoid prosecution after the statute of limitation passed between when some of the crimes were allegedly committed, and when they were reported to authorities …

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