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The Internet Wonders: Should TLC Cancel ’19 Kids And Counting’?

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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Josh Duggar is the oldest of the 19 Duggar children, and on Thursday the 27-year-old admitted to molesting several girls, including his own sisters, when he was a teenager, and subsequently quit his job as the executive director of the Family Research Council, a leading conservative group that fights abortion and gay marriage.

Back in 2006, Josh confessed to his father Jim Bob that he had molested five girls. He was 15 at the time, and his father waited a year before alerting authorities. He was investigated for multiple sex offenses, including “forcible fondling.”

His confession comes after In Touch found the police records documenting the molestation.

“The report says that James told police he was alerted in March 2002 by a female minor that Josh had been touching her breasts and genitals while she slept. This allegedly happened on multiple occasions,” In Touch reports.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Josh said in the statement on the family’s Facebook page.

Josh Duggar molested girls

(Photo: Doug Meszler / Splash News)

“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 understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

Josh’s parents also said that they hoped those who watched their show understood that the Duggars are not a “perfect family.”

Josh duggar molested girls

(Photo: Doug Meszler / Splash News)

But many on Twitter think TLC should cancel the family’s show.

The series has been on since 2008, and shows what it’s like for parents to raise an extremely large family while homeschooling and limiting media intake, their way of raising Godly children.

“#CancelTheDuggars” is now trending on Twitter.

Do you think “19 Kids and Counting” should be canceled? (RELATED: Mama June Threatens To Sue TLC For Not Canceling Duggar Family’s Show Over Molestation Accusations)

Note: TMZ reports that though the network has not made a permanent decision, all episodes of “19 Kids and Counting” have been pulled from airing temporarily.