Every detail of the Duggar family is a point of intrigue for fans.
The family’s latest show Counting Now: A New Life aired on TLC on March 30, 2021. The group follows strict guidelines in their daily life.
Who are the Duggars?
The Duggars rose to the limelight with their TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are parents to 19 children and the show follows their life as a family together and apart.
All of their children have names which begin with the letter J.
Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie, were all raised in the family home in Tontitown, Arkansas.
19 Kids and Counting ran from 2008 to 2015 upon its cancellation.
The show became TLC’s most popular, averaging 2.3 million viewers per new episode in Season 10.
What faith are the Duggar family?
The Duggars are devout independent Christian Baptists who take pride in living conservatively.
The show frequently touches on their values and their relationship with God.
The Duggars avoid birth control, saying they have decided to allow God to determine the number of children they have.
Michelle attributes her use of contraceptives to suffering a miscarriage.
All of the children are homeschooled, and access to entertainment such as movies and television is limited.
The Duggars also practice chaperoned courtship, in which a couple becomes acquainted only in a group setting.
How many miscarriages did Michelle Duggar have?
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
- Michelle Duggar says she suffered two miscarriages.
- She revealed her latest miscarriage was after having her 19th child, Josie.
- Michelle also suffered a miscarriage while on oral birth control while attempting to get pregnant.
- She claims to have sworn off the medication and soon after got pregnant with twins, John David and Jana Duggar.
- Jim Bob and Michelle then went on to have more children organically, believing in the notion that God will determine the number of children the couple will have.
What is Counting On?
On May 22, 2015, TLC suspended 19 Kids and Counting when the Duggars’ eldest son Josh publicly apologized for having “acted inexcusably” following reports that he molested five girls, including some of his sisters, by fondling them.
These events occurred in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14 to 15, and prior to the beginning of the show.
The show was officially canceled in July 2015 and would not resume production.
On December 9, 2021 six years after Josh’s public apology he was found guilty on both counts of possessing and receiving child pornography.
Josh was arrested on April 29, 2021 on charges relating to child sexual abuse materials.
Jim Bob and Michelle released a statement on the family’s website to comment on their disgraced son.
“In the days ahead, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support.”
“As parents, we will never stop praying for Joshua, and loving him, as we do all of our children,” the statement read.
Counting On, a spin-off show, premiered in December 2015 and the ninth season premiered February 11, 2019.
The spin-off follows the lives of the older Duggar children as they get married and start families of their own.
On March 30, 2021, the family’s new show, Counting On: A New Life aired on TLC at 10pm.
Are all the Duggars on Counting On?
No, not all the Duggars appear on Counting On.
Though the show initially focused on Jill and her sister, Jessa Seewald, when it first premiered in 2015, the TLC series has since expanded to include nine other Duggar siblings.
Derick Dillard announced back in December 2017 that him, Jill and their two sons would not be appearing in future episodes, though TLC cut ties with the 30-year-old first.
Derick has a strained relationship with Jim Bob.
He claims that Jim Bob withheld compensation from their appearances on the family’s reality show, which they left in 2017 after Derick was fired.
Why was Derick fired from the show?
He received backlash in 2017 when he criticized fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.
“What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality,” he said of the transgender teen’s series, I Am Jazz.
“Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God,” he added.
Following the outrage, TLC tweeted, “We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future.”
Derick defended himself on Instagram after his tweets went viral saying: “My view is no different than most Americans, but I just mentioned it…”
What happened to Joy-Anna Duggar’s baby?
Joy-Anna Duggar’s baby was stillborn with 20 weeks left in her pregnancy.
She and her husband Austin Forsyth shared the news on Instagram, learning they lost their unborn baby when they went in for their 20-week ultrasound.
How many kids does she have?
Joy-Anna and Austin have a son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth, who was born in February of 2018 via emergency C-section.
The couple then announced they were expecting in 2019 but realized mid-term that it was a stillborn.
However, in March 2020, Joy-Anna and Austin announced that they are expecting their second child, a girl due in August 2020.
“We have been dreaming of this day and are so happy to announce that our baby girl arrived August 21st at 2:12pm weighing 8lbs 5oz and is 19.5” long!” the young mom wrote on Instagram in August 2020, welcoming the couple’s second child.
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