Who's Supporting – and Who's Slamming – Josh Duggar in the Wake of Molestation Scandal

The 19 Kids and Counting star admitted to molesting underage girls as a teen

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After Josh Duggar admitted to "past wrongdoing" with five underage girls as a teenager, the 19 Kids and Counting family has been facing harsh backlash, and many famous people were quick to either condemn or sympathize with the Duggars.

Bette Midler is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the controversy, taking to Twitter on Monday to voice her opinion.

“Josh Duggar resigned from an anti-gay ‘family’ group due to molestation allegations,” the actress, 69, wrote. “Kids, is there anything more delicious than irony?”

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, on the other hand, voiced his support for his longtime friends through a statement on his Facebook page.

“Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family,” Huckabee, 59, wrote on 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 has known the family since the 1990s, and he received their campaign support during his 2008 presidential bid as well as their endorsement for his current run for the White House.

Other celebs weren’t so understanding of the 27-year-old, however, including several reality-TV stars.

Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge shared her opinion on Facebook, asking her followers to weigh in on the controversy.

“What are you thoughts on this? I admit I have mixed emotions about a lot of things …” she wrote. “TLC, Parents, AGE, Hypocrite, police report. I’m sure a lot more info will come out soon. #?sad4all.”

The star also noted that she’s “not supporting” Josh and that her mixed feelings don’t mean she believes in his innocence.

Montel Williams was very adamant in his disapproval of Josh’s actions, launching into a Twitter tirade against the father of three.

The Montel Williams Show host, 58, also addressed the Duggars through a lengthy post on his Facebook page, writing that Josh’s actions made it “appropriate to call him a hypocrite.”

Andy Cohen weighed in as well, slamming Josh for his past anti-LGBT comments.

“On another note, it’s been fun listening to #JoshDuggar preach about what moral ingrates gay people are… Keep your mouth shut fool,” Cohen wrote.

“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 told PEOPLE in a statement on Thursday.

Josh also resigned his position at the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

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TLC has yet to make an official announcement about the status of Duggar and 19 Kids and Counting, though upcoming airings of the series have been removed from its schedule.

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