“We’re moving on with our lives, and we’re really looking forward to the future,” John-David Duggar, 26, told Good Morning America on Monday of TLC’s new show Jill and Jessa: Counting On. “And so we wanted to kind of share that with our fans, the folks that have followed us for years.”
The Duggars’ original series 19 Kids and Counting was canceled after news broke that Josh improperly touched underage girls as a teenager. Later, the family was further rocked after Josh confessed to a secret pornography addiction and admitted to being unfaithful to wife Anna Duggar. He sought treatment at a faith-based rehabilitation center in Rockford, Illinois, last August.
While Anna is set to appear on the series, Josh will not.
The Duggars Break Their Silence
“The devil took his best shot,” said John-David in the Monday interview. “And he tried to take our whole family down, but God has really used this to – instead of tearing us apart as a family, he’s using it to draw us together.”
He added, “We’ve forgiven, and we’re moving on, and we’re looking to the future.”
So why quickly return to reality television and the scrutiny that comes with it? Jessa, 23, said that “in the midst of what we were walking through, there definitely have to be periods where you’re like, ‘I don’t want cameras around.’ ”
But the family agreed that their show might help others who are struggling. “We’ve had a lot of healing in our family in these past months but we’re ready to move forward and share our lives,” she said.
Jill and Jessa: Counting On premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.