Just days after news broke that 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was allegedly involved in a shocking molestation scandal, TLC pulled the hit reality series from its schedule. Though no permanent decision has been made yet on the fate of the show, the Duggars stand to lose a lot when it comes to the family’s profitable brand.
A source close to the series confirms they could lose an estimated $25,000 to $45,000 per episode, but that amount doesn’t include any of other sources of income related to their 19 Kids and Counting fame. There were 22 episodes in season 9 of the show, which wrapped up May 19 and there have been 227 episodes total.
Over the course of 10 seasons on the long-running reality show, it’s been reported that the family has built an empire worth millions from speaking tours and merchandise including books and DVDs.
While the network depended on its top-rated series to rake in big advertising dollars, General Mills Inc., Payless Shoesource Inc. and Choice Hotels International Inc. have all announced that they’re removing ads in the wake of the scandal.
While many people have called for the series to be yanked immediately, (Josh also resigned from his position at the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., on Thursday), others have publicly supported the 27-year-old, who is expecting his fourth child in July.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee posted a message on his Facebook page backing his longtime family friends Friday.
“Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities,” Huckabee wrote.
Josh first responded to allegations he molested five underage girls as a teen in a statement to PEOPLE.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” he said.
“I hurt others, including my family and close friends, I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation,” he continued. “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.”