Duggar Family Booted From TLC Block Party at Penn’s Landing [UPDATED]
UPDATE [5/26/2015, 1:32 pm]: Our suspicions were correct. The Duggar Family fro TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting has been pulled from this weekend’s TLC Block Party at Penn’s Landing after allegations surfaced that the oldest son of the clan, Josh Duggar, molested girls as a teenager. NBC10 reports that the show will go on as planned on May 30th, however, with other TLC stars, like Kate Gosselin, Cake Boss‘s Buddy Valastro, Little People Big World‘s Roloff family and Randy from Say Yes to the Dress. It’s taking place on May 30th at The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. More info here.
ORIGINAL: It was just a matter of time: TMZ and other news outlets are reporting that reality television “celebrities” the Duggars have been pulled from the TLC lineup after allegations surfaced that Josh Duggar molested girls as a teenager. However, we’re left wondering if the family will be making an appearance at next week’s mega TLC Summer Block Party here in Philadelphia. Our guess: Probably not.
The Duggars are scheduled to be one of many hosts at the afternoon bender at Penn’s Landing next Saturday, May 30th, including Kate Gosselin, Buddy Valastro, Whitney Thore, and cast members of Say Yes to the Dress and Little People, Big World.
In a statement on Thursday, Josh Duggar addressed the sexual molestation allegations, in part saying:
“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. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation…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. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”
We reached out to Discovery Entertainment (the parent company of TLC) for comment via phone and email and did not get an immediate response. Stay tuned for further updates.