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'19 Kids And Counting' Canceled, TLC Plans 1-Hour Special

TLC announced Thursday it had canceled "19 Kids and Counting." The network will air a one-hour special about child sexual abuse.

By Heather Adams | July 16, 2015

People will no longer be able to watch Jim Bob, Michelle and the rest of the Duggar family on TV. TLC is canceling “19 Kids and Counting.” (Video via TLC / "19 Kids and Counting")

In May, TLC pulled the series from its schedule after the Duggar family's 27-year-old son, Josh, was accused of molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. (Video via TLC / "19 Kids and Counting")

The accusations stem from a 2006 police report and included some of his younger sisters and a babysitter. (Video via TLC/"19 Kids and Counting")

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In a statement the Duggar family released Thursday, they continued to stand by Josh and thanked the film crew who they said became "like family""With God's grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward."

Some viewers apparently didn’t share that perspective. For the past two months, petitions continued to pop up and #canceltheduggars trended on Twitter.

Some speculated TLC wouldn’t cancel the show because it’s been the network’s biggest money-maker, generating about $25 million in ad revenue in just the past year. (Video via TLC/"19 Kids and Counting")

But soon after the news of the scandal broke in May, many companies — like Walgreens, General Mills, Pizza Hut and others — pulled their ads.

The Duggar family isn't necessarily going away, though. A spinoff with some of the family members hasn’t been ruled out, according to a spokesperson for the company that owns TLC. (Video via TLC/"19 Kids and Couting")

 And CNN's Brian Stelter said a one-time special about child molestation will wrap up the "19 Kids and Counting" era. The commercial-free show will feature two Duggar women and will air later this summer. 

This video includes an image from Getty Images. 

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