It’s safe to say the Duggars have enjoyed their fair share of controversies over the years. It seems their new show ‘Counting On’ is no exception as there are plenty of dark secrets the series doesn’t want us to know.
There are plenty of reality shows that have given families their path to fame. The likes of ‘Little People, Big World,’ ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians,’ and ‘Jon and Kate Plus 8’ have all told the stories of various families. Still, there is one that’s kept people talking for the last few years. That’s right; we’re talking about ‘19 Kids and Counting.’ The show started with 17 children and was quickly upgraded as the stars of the show, the Duggar family, continued to welcome more and more little ones.
Although ‘19 Kids and Counting’ was axed, it didn’t mean people were through with seeing what the Duggar family got up to – and a new spin-off show was born. ‘Counting On’ first hit our screens in December 2015, and many thought this would be a short-lived addition to our screens. That was until the network realized they were on to yet another winner. Six years later and we’ve just enjoyed season 11 of the show, with more hopefully on the way soon. That doesn’t mean we’ve seen everything there is to know about the family. In fact, there are plenty of secrets that ‘Counting On’ wants to keep away from the world.
Some claim that Jim Bob Duggar is a hoarder and has a shopping addiction
We have seen plenty of aspects of the Duggar family since they took to our screens all those years ago. However, that doesn’t mean we know everything there is to know about the stars of ‘Counting On.’ One of the many secrets that the show has been able to keep away from the screens is the fact that Jim Bob Duggar allegedly has a shopping addiction.
That’s right; a source told The Hollywood Gossip that most of Jim Bob’s money is tied up in property, yet he still finds the funds to head to auctions where he buys “truckloads of chairs, and just whatever.” As if that wasn’t enough already, the source continued to add that Jim Bob supposedly has a bit of a problem with hoarding.
Many have referred to Jim Bob Duggar as a “dictator”
Being the head of the family means it might be no surprise that people are so interested in Jim Bob Duggar’s life. There is one thing that many people have noticed, and it’s all to do with how Jim Bob runs the family. It seems this dad prefers to take a strict stance when it comes to running the house, especially with so many children to keep in line.
However, it wasn’t long before people started to describe Jim Bob as a “dictator.” A source told People magazine that Jom Bob loves the word “no,” and he’s the one who “calls the shots.” The sources even added that no one will ever confront the dad of the house, including his wife.
Jinger Duggar’s husband avoids the internet to keep away from temptation
‘19 Kids and Counting’ and ‘Counting On’ have both introduced many characters to the show. One on the list is Jinger Duggar. The Duggar daughter has been pretty open about her life, but it was one of her husband’s comments that got people talking. In 2019, Jeremy Vuolo opened up on a podcast about how he doesn’t have access to the internet on his phone.
Why? Apparently, Jeremy doesn’t want “all that temptation in my hand.” As if that wasn’t enough, he added that he wants to “maintain purity in my thought and in my eyes.” Of course, the comments left many people wondering if Jeremy has always been faithful to Jinger or if he had to remove the “temptation” to save his marriage.
Michelle Duggar has shared some controversial comments about life choices
Sure, everyone is allowed to have their own opinions, but not everyone is willing to hear those that go against their own. If there is one thing that has got plenty of people talking over the years, it’s the choices women have with their bodies, especially when it comes to welcoming a little one to the world. The Duggars have made it no secret that they’re pro-life.
Michelle Duggar has often been open about her thoughts, and they have landed her in plenty of hot water over the years. As if her controversial opinions weren’t enough already, Michelle pushed things one step further by comparing a woman making a choice to events that took place in World War II, something that didn’t sit well with many.
She also tried to stop a local store from selling adult beverages
It seems that Michelle Duggar is no stranger to controversy as the mother of the family and scandals seem to go hand in hand. One case happened back in 2009 when a local EZ Mart applied for a license to sell adult beverages. Radar reports that Michelle was so upset by the move that she and her family joined a local protest outside the supermarket.
Apparently, Michelle believes that drinks should be kept in places only adults can reach and that children “should not be bombarded with it.” It wasn’t long before local residents had plenty to say about it all. Many believed that Michelle was trying to block local businesses from progressing and was starting to control the neighborhood with her views.
Jill Duggar has been accused of stealing recipes for her website
Jill Duggar is another star who has made her way to our screens thanks to ‘19 Kids and Counting’ and ‘Counting On.’ However, she hasn’t managed to stay away from controversy during her time in the limelight. The star found herself in hot water when she was posting various recipes to the family’s website. The problem?
People quickly noticed that the recipes – and the photos – were taken from other sites, and Jill didn’t give credit to the original posters. Inquisitr reports that Jill was caught out with one recipe for stuffed zucchini that she claimed was one of her “hubby’s favorites.” Jill quickly updated the recipe to include credits after the backlash, claiming that she had altered the recipe before it was initially uploaded.
Some people believe that Joe Duggar stole his wife from his brother
Could stealing things be a theme within the Duggar family? It certainly seems that way as some people have accused Joe Duggar of stealing his wife from his brother. That’s right; a family insider stepped forward in June 2017, where they claimed Kendra Caldwell actually dated Jedidiah before she wed Joe.
The Hollywood Gossip reports that Joe “bumped” his brother out of the relationship. It’s claimed the move caused quite the rift between the pair until Joe tried to fix the relationship with an apology letter. The source continued to add to The Hollywood Gossip that the Duggars put on a front for the cameras, and there’s “a whole different life” that takes place as soon as the cameras stop rolling.
Counting On ratings have flopped compared to 19 Kids and Counting
It seems that things have never been the same for ‘Counting On’ compared to the fame the Duggars enjoyed during their run on ‘19 Kids and Counting.’ Previously, the show would rake in millions of viewers, with Josh’s wedding bringing in 3.2 million viewers, Jessa’s raking in 4.3 million, and Jill’s nuptials topping the charts at 4.4 million fans.
Things immediately took a turn on ‘Counting On’ as Jinger’s special day landed just 1.4 million viewers, while Joy-Anna’s brought in just 1.3 million – both huge drops from their former numbers. Sadly, it seems the Duggars might have to find another way to make money as their weddings were once a huge income source. Now, it seems people might rapidly be losing interest.
Some fans believe that Derick Dillard has been unfaithful
If there’s one thing that many people love, it’s controversies linked to any reality TV family. Of course, the Duggars are no strangers to scandals, including when it comes to their relationships. Jill Duggar has been caught up in some of her own over the years. One rumor claims that Derick might have been playing away from home throughout his marriage.
OK! reports that Derick took to social media, where he posted quotes all about adultery and the effects it can have on someone’s marriage. It wasn’t long before fans read between the lines and assumed that Derick had been looking for love away from his marriage. This all came after he posted videos of himself dancing with international students.
Derick was in trouble for posting a video involving a cat
It seems that Derick has also been caught up in plenty of controversies, even though he merely married into the Duggar family. The star of ‘Counting On’ was in a lot of trouble when he uploaded a concerning video involving a cat. In 2015, Derick wanted to enjoy the outside by sledding on a cookie sheet.
However, it was the cat at the bottom of the hill that worried people. Some claim that Derick shouted for the pet to move but made no attempt to change direction before he went plowing into the animal. PETA was just one of the many that demanded an apology from the star as they claimed it was “certainly not very Godly” to behave in such a way.
Derick was fired from TLC for making hateful LGBTQ comments
Jazz Jennings has become a huge name in reality TV, especially thanks to her show ‘I Am Jazz.’ Sadly, it seems not everyone is pleased with the star, including Derick Dillard. The star first took to social media to share his views in 2017 as he accused Jazz’s loved ones of taking “advantage” of the star. He continued to rant about his true opinions, but people weren’t impressed.
Many accused Derick of bullying Jazz and trying to spread hate. He was back at it the following year as he called various aspects of the LBTQ community of being “a myth.” The comments were too much for TLC to bear as the network announced that Derick hadn’t worked with ‘Counting On’ in months and wasn’t bringing him back.
No one really knows why Jill and Derick truly left Counting On
Although it looked as though JIll and Derick left ‘Counting On’ following his controversial comments about Jazz Jennings, others weren’t so convinced. Now, people have no idea what really took place behind the scenes of the show or what really happened to make them walk away. After all, TLC’s comments about how Derick hadn’t worked with the show for months left some people confused.
Surely this meant that Derick hadn’t been working with the series before he made the comments on social media? However, according to Derick, he seems to have been the one who chose to walk away after several behind the scenes issues with the series. It seems that no one will really know the truth unless either party opens up.
A Derick Dillard tell-all book could be on the way after Counting On
It looks as though fans of ‘Counting On’ won’t have to wait long to learn the whole truth of the story as Derick Dillard is allegedly working on a tell-all book that promises to tell his side of the story. It turns out that Derick first announced plans to write a book in December 2019 after a fan suggested he should put pen to paper.
He brought up his writing plans once again in 2020 as Derick told The Sun that he wants the book to “be relatable” even though it’s set to contain “themes that have haunted people for ages.” According to The Hollywood Gossip, Jim Bob Duggar is less than pleased with the idea of a book and has allegedly sought legal advice.
Michelle Duggar fired a crew member for being LGBTQ
It’s no secret that the Duggars have always been a religious family. However, it seems their views might have taken more of a toll on the people around them than people ever realized. It’s said that Michelle Duggar was less than impressed with one crew member while working on ‘19 Kids and Counting,’ and it all allegedly had to do with the fact they were a part of the LGBTQ community.
A former employee at the network told Gawker that the crew member was working on the show one minute and gone the next. They claim the team was told he had been “transferred to another production” and how everyone was told not to “breathe a word of what we saw to anyone.”
Derick Dillard has been open that TLC allegedly never paid him a dime
It seems that Derick Dillard loves nothing more than to take to social media to share his views on ‘Counting On’ and what it was like to work with TLC. One of the biggest things that appear to have bothered the star over the years is how he was allegedly never paid a dime for his work on the show. That was just the beginning.
It turns out that it all started when TLC supposedly didn’t cover the medical bills when Derick and Jill welcomed their little one. Although Derick said he could afford to cover the costs, he believes the network should have offered to pay for some of the bills as the show profited from giving the cameras access to such an important time in their life.
Reports claim that Jim Bob Duggar is in charge of all the contracts on Counting On
‘Counting On’ was supposed to give fans access to the Duggar family’s children rather than Jim Bob and Michelle like ’19 Kids and Counting’ did for so many years. However, it seems things might not be all they appear on the surface. New York Daily News reports that Jim Bob Duggar is actually the only one with a contract to the show.
As if that wasn’t enough, the report even states that Jim Bob has control over everyone else’s connection to the show. It might be no surprise that Derick quickly added his thoughts to the matter as he claims he, Jill, and the others were all threatened with legal action if they didn’t take part in the show or went against Jim Bob.
Jana Duggar has hinted that Counting On might be scripted
Being the oldest Duggar daughter means that Jana has been a huge part of the original show and the spin-off since the beginning. Perhaps that’s why so many people took notice when Jana opened up about some supposed truths behind the ‘Counting On’? In 2019, Jana uploaded some behind-the-scenes snaps to her social media, but many were confused.
It almost looked as though the show was shot on a set rather than in the family home like many believed. She later told Showbiz CheatSheet that nothing is scripted, and it just looked like a set. However, Derick Dillard told the same publication that things are “semi-scripted” rather than entirely true like fans are led to believe. We may never know the truth.
Jill Duggar is allegedly banned from helping unmarried women
Being a part of the show means we have learned a lot about the Duggar family and their lives away from the cameras. Jill is one of the many children who have carved a career for themselves away from ‘19 Kids and Counting’ and ‘Counting On’ as she works as a midwife. That doesn’t mean she is allowed to help everyone – apparently.
The Daily Mail reports that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar banned their daughter from helping an unwed woman give birth as it went against the family’s religious views that women should be married before they get intimate with their partner. As if that wasn’t enough, the woman was no stranger. She was allegedly Susanne Keller, Josh’s wife’s younger sister. Confusing enough?
Some have accused Jill Duggar of making a difficult birth for Samuel
Even working as a midwife doesn’t mean that Jill Duggar has full control of what happens when it comes to welcoming a little one to the world. However, some fans have accused the star of making things more difficult and putting Samuel in danger. The star welcomed her second son in July 2017, but his birth seems to have been glossed over in ‘Counting On.’
One fan theory is that Jill had a difficult birth and that it was all thanks to her love of home births. They claim that Jill waited too long before she was rushed to the hospital, something that reportedly resulted in Samuel spending the first two weeks of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Jill and Derick have been accused of scamming their fans for a free vacation
If there’s one thing you don’t want to do, it’s lose the trust of your fans. Unfortunately, Jill and Derick were about to learn that the hard way as people accused the couple of taking money for a free vacation. In 2015, Jill and Derick announced they wanted to head to El Salvador on a missionary trip.
All they needed were some donations from fans to bring their dreams to life. However, The Hollywood Gossip reports the pair were removed from the trip after just a few weeks due to “lack of qualifications.” Now, some people think the couple was hoping to use the missionary trip as a coverup for getting a free vacation. Thankfully, any donations were eventually donated to charity.
The Duggar family has been accused of staging a particular charity event
It looked as though the Duggar family were trying to redeem themselves in 2015 by organizing a charity event at a local thrift store. At least, it looked that way until the family arrived, and people quickly believed it was more along the lines of something that had been scripted for their reality show.
The family announced on social media that they were heading out to donate food to “families in need.” However, onlookers told the press that the family was half an hour late and had a production crew by their side. Apparently, the Duggars’ team told people they needed to look “really happy that the Duggars have brought you this food” before they dished it all out and left.
Jessa and Ben were in trouble for asking for wedding gifts from fans
2015 wasn’t a good year for the family as Jessa and Ben landed themselves in trouble when they reached out to fans to ask for wedding gifts. Yes, really. You know when you get an invite to a wedding, and you choose something off the wedding list to help the couple enjoy their big day? It was kind of like that; only the pair didn’t invite their fans to the ceremony.
Plus, In Touch Weekly reports that Jessa and Ben were requesting fans to send things from their favorite stores – Walmart and Target – to an address ahead of the big day. Some fans spoke out against the move, with one saying they thought people should “donate to charity in their name” instead.
Joy-Anna Duggar has been accused of being pregnant before she was married
If there’s one thing we have learned about the Duggar family, it’s that the family holds their religious views above most other things in their life. Perhaps that’s why Joy-Anna was in such a rush to get married? That’s what many people believe, as some eagle-eyed fans think the youngster was already pregnant before she walked down the aisle with Austin Forsyth.
The couple was first set to get married in October 2017 but suddenly announced they were tying the knot in May the same year. Joy-Anna later gave birth in February 2018, meaning she might have fallen pregnant shortly after her wedding. The twist? Some fans believe she lied about how far into her pregnancy she was and knew she was expecting before saying, “I do.”
It’s believed that the Duggars were educated by an abuser
Fans of the show instantly knew that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar decided to homeschool their children. It might be no surprise with so many of them living under one roof, but some have questioned the person they used to teach the children. The Duggars were enrolled with the Advanced Training Institute program that was run by Bill Gothard.
However, Bill has been accused of running a cult and several inappropriate actions and comments towards youngsters. As if that wasn’t enough already, Bill was axed from his job when several employees stepped forward to talk about his inappropriate behavior in the workplace. While a lot of the stuff linked to a cult was speculation, others thought the accusations should have been enough to see the Duggars run.
Josh Duggar was caught using a website for extramarital affairs
Every member of the Duggar family has their own scandals to their name, but it seems Josh takes the prize when it comes to the number under his belt – and the severity of the claims. One of the first things to hit the headlines was how Josh was caught using dating websites for married people with not one but two active accounts. He is married to Anna.
However, Redbook reports that Josh paid “nearly $1000” for a two-month subscription to the site. Things took another turn when Josh confessed on the family website that he had “been the biggest hypocrite ever” as he has an addiction to getting intimate with women. Apparently, a lot of Josh’s spare time was spent watching adult movies.
Many claim that Josh Duggar was also catfishing women online
The world quickly learned a lot about Josh Duggar when it was announced he had been on dating sites. However, not everyone expected the news that he had been catfishing women online by stealing various other people’s photos. Inquisitr reports that Josh was using the name Joe Smithson to reach out to multiple people on social media.
It wasn’t just the news that Josh had been catfishing people online that got people talking, but rather his choice of photos. Apparently, some of the stolen photos belonged to Jonathan Blankfein, who is supposedly the son of a Goldman Sachs CEO. Sneaking around is one thing, but choosing images of a well-known face is one way to make sure someone catches you out eventually.
A DJ sued Josh Duggar for stealing his social media photos
What happens when one of the real people behind the stolen photos gets pretty upset to find someone has pretended to be them? It turns out that some of them take the person to court as that’s what happened to Josh Duggar when DJ Matthew James McCarthy learned the truth. Matthew was so unimpressed that he wanted compensation for it all.
According to Josh, he apparently found Matthew’s photo by searching “random guy” on Google. In 2016, the two men arrived in court, where Matthew claimed that changing his personal details while using his photos had caused him harm and emotional distress. However, a judge eventually sided with Josh as the case was filed in California even though the alleged crime took place in Arkansas.
An adult movie star accused Josh Duggar of behaving inappropriately
Josh Duggar’s life continued to unravel in the headlines as an adult movie star took him to court in 2015 after an intimate encounter. Danica Dillon states that she was paid to get close to Josh during an evening, but she felt as though things quickly got out of hand and she felt “manhandled” at the end of it all.
The Daily Mail reports that Danica took Josh to court in the hopes of suing him for $500,000. Although it looked as though Danica had a case to take things all the way, it was eventually dropped, and there were no official charges. The movie star later took to social media, where Danica says that “Just because something was dropped doesn’t mean it was a lie.”
Josh Duggar has constantly been accused of behaving inappropriately toward girls
2015 took another turn when a police report claimed that Josh Duggar had assaulted no less than five girls when he was just 14 or 15 years old. Apparently, Jim Bob and Michelle first told the police about the accusations back in 2005 after Josh confessed to his parents, and they thought it was best to tell the authorities.
However, the Springdale Police Department didn’t release the documents until many years later. Josh instantly issued an apology, where he admitted he “acted inexcusably” and that he was “extremely sorry” about it all. That was just the tip of the iceberg. A few months after the scandal hit the headlines, Jessa and Jill Duggar stepped forward to admit they were two of the young girls on the list.
The Duggar star has never been charged with any of the accusations
One thing that many people were confused to learn was that Josh Duggar was never formally charged with any of the accusations, even though two of his sisters stepped forward to talk about their experiences. It’s alleged that it all started with state trooper Joseph Hutchens who was first called about the charges in 2005.
Reports claim that Joseph gave Josh a “stern lecture” and sent him on his way. However, the trooper was later convicted of having illegal material and is now serving a 56-year sentence. It’s said that Jim Bob and Michelle decided to send Josh to a Christian counseling program to seek help for his behavior. Still, the police never launched a full investigation as the three-year statute of limitations had expired.
The accusations marked the end of 19 Kids and Counting
Josh Duggar’s behavior and former accusations all hit the headlines in 2015, and it wasn’t long before people wondered what this meant for ‘19 Kids and Counting.’ Would they continue without Josh? Would they brush it all under the rug and hope the news went away? It didn’t take long for TLC’s parent company, Discovery Communications, to announce it was through with the show.
They decided to pull the show immediately and aired a special program about abuse, featuring Jessa and Jill Duggar, in the show’s place. Although it looked as though that was the last the world would see of the Duggar family, they earned their chance to return to our screens later that year as ‘Counting On’ was born, this time without Josh.
TLC allegedly edits out the fact Josh Duggar is still at family events
‘Counting On’ was supposed to be a way for the Duggar family to move away from the controversies Josh brought to ‘19 Kids and Counting’ and onto something new. However, that simply didn’t happen, as it’s rumored Josh still likes to make an appearance at several family events. In fact, it’s believed that TLC knows Josh is there; the network simply just edits him out.
Some rumors claim that editors use fake sun glare or other people’s faces to block Josh in the background to try and make it seem like ‘Counting On’ is a Josh-free zone. The Daily Mail even claims that Josh lifted his son during one scene shot at Jinger’s wedding to hide his face in the crowd.
Jim Bob Duggar has supposedly been planning Josh Duggar’s return for years
Fans have often been divided about how the family handled everything that came to light surrounding Josh Duggar. Some weren’t surprised that Jim Bob and Michelle seem to have stood by their son, while others have questioned how they haven’t made more of a deal about their daughters and the effects it all had on the rest of the family.
Whatever the case, some reports claim that Jim Bob is desperately trying to land Josh a spot on ‘Counting On,’ even though he was the reason ‘19 Kids and Counting’ came to an end in the first place. If rumors of Jim Bob being in control of the family are true, then it might not be long before the dad of the family gets his way.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar were accused of hurting their children
The 2015 report about Josh Duggar and his alleged behavior was enough to see every Duggar family member go under the microscope. However, that wasn’t the only thing that stood out about the report as people also noticed that Michelle and Jim Bob were also accused of using some pretty extreme methods to discipline their children.
In fact, the word “rod” was used as it’s reported the parents would discipline hard enough without leaving any bruises. In 2010, a viewer asked Michelle about how she brought up the children during an episode of ‘19 Kids and Counting,’ where she confessed she would always look for ways to praise “our kids for good character, for Godly character.” This was a far cry from the later reports.
Advertisers no longer want to be associated with 19 Kids and Counting or Counting On
Reality TV shows usually have no problems when it comes to hunting down advertisers. That used to be the case for ‘19 Kids and Counting’ until the series ran into the career-ending scandal. So what about when TLC brought ‘Counting On’ to life? Several thought this was a fresh start for the family, but not everyone was so convinced.
Cici’s Pizza is one of the many advertisers who pulled out of appearing anywhere near the show. It’s said the company invested in a huge spot on cable shows, but they wanted to maintain their “family-friendly” reputation. This meant staying as far away from the Duggars as possible. They’re not alone, as several big-name companies have since pulled out of the show to try and distance themselves from the family.