The famously conservative Duggars seemed to be models of wholesome family life, but son Josh was hiding a dark past: He allegedly molested five young girls as a teen. Subscribe now for an inside look at the Duggars’ dark family secrets, only in PEOPLE.
The future of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting is on shaky ground following the revelation that a felony investigation was opened in 2006 after Josh Duggar was accused by his victims of molesting five underage girls.
In statements to PEOPLE, the Duggar family indirectly addressed the closed investigation by referring to the multiple incidents listed in the report unearthed by InTouch Weekly as “teenage mistakes.”
While TLC has pulled reruns of its massive ratings success from the schedule, the network has yet to make any official decision about the future of 19 Kids moving forward.
However, as the source tells PEOPLE, Michelle and Jim Bob are not currently focused on the very real possibility that they’ll lose the TV show on which they’ve built a veritable empire: “Right now they’re just focused on their faith – and each other.”
In their joint statement to PEOPLE, Michelle, 48, and Jim Bob, 49, said that Josh’s “very bad mistakes” drew the family closer to each other and to God: “We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family.”
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