The Duggar family has encountered quite a few issues over their long television run on TLC. Their ‘perfect’ family persona was all but destroyed once a few of their children started having sex before marriage (after preaching that is the only way) and having the oldest son, Josh get caught cheating on his wife via the popular website ‘Ashley Madison’. As if that wasn’t enough, Josh was then called out by a few of his sisters, siting they were molested by Josh during their teenage years.
Now, another mini bomb is being dealt with by the television station TLC.
Derick Dillard, more well-known as Jill Duggar’s husband on Counting On, has been fired from the family’s TLC show after making derogatory comments towards another network star.
TLC runs a show called I Am Jazz, which follows 17-year-old Jazz Jennings as she lives her life as a transgender teen, transitioning from male to female. The show has been one of TLC’s most viewed shows on the network.
Derrick Dillard however, is not a fan of the show…or Jazz Jennings for that matter.
“What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God,” Derick wrote on Twitter in August.
After Jennings tweeted about cyber-bullying, Derick continued his rampage.
“I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child.
It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way.
Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on TV these days.”
Dillard claims he “never bullied anyone” and “just said [he] didn’t agree with what is being propagated on TV.”
Jazz, who is 11 years younger than Dillard, decided to take the high road.
“In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love,” she wrote on Twitter.
TLC has announced they will not be inviting Derick back to Counting On.
“We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future.
We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network.
TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.”
The family has not directly responded to TLC’s announcement, but Dillard posted this image on Instagram.