‘Counting On’: Derick Dillard Confirms He and Jill Weren’t Invited to the Duggar Family Zoom Night
Derick Dillard isn’t holding back. The ex-Counting On star has opened up before about his feelings about the TLC show and his relationship with his in-laws, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar. But in a recent series of social media comments, Jill Duggar’s husband was even more candid about his issues with the Duggar family’s reality show, his feelings about his father-in-law, and his hope that some of his wife’s siblings would also “break free.”
Derick also slammed Counting On for not depicting reality and made it clear that he and his wife weren’t welcome at the virtual family gathering seen in the show’s July 7 season premiere.
The Duggar family tackles social distancing
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been a challenge for the Duggar family. In the season premiere of Counting On, they shared how it was difficult to follow social distancing guidelines when you are a family with 19 kids and 17 grandchildren, especially when it came to their regular family nights.
The solution was to trade in-person gatherings for a virtual hangout. As seen in the show, many members of the family got together over Zoom to play trivia and catch up. But Jill and Derick were noticeably absent.
Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar weren’t invited to the Duggar family trivia night
Jill, 29, and Derick, 31, left Counting On in 2017, so it’s not a huge surprise the couple wasn’t seen during family night. But a few fans were still wondering where Jill and her husband and two kids were.
In comments on a post on the official TLC Instagram account, Derick made it clear he and his wife were not invited to join the rest of the family for trivia night.
“I wish all the siblings would have been invited to family game night by ZOOM,” he commented.
In another comment, Derick confirmed that game night “was done for the show.”
“I’m guessing the reason we weren’t invited is because we don’t do filming anymore,” he wrote. “Again, it just didn’t fit the script for us to be included in ‘family night.’ It’s fine to have Zoom family night, but just be sure to identify it properly as …. for the Counting On cast.”
Derick says ‘Counting On’ is ‘deceptive
In other comments (some of which appear to have been deleted), Derick attacked the accuracy of the 19 Kids and Counting spin-off.
Counting On “is not anything close to reality,” he wrote. “From what we’ve seen, not accurate at all.”
In another comment, Derick said the Duggar’s reality show was “a deceptive business plan, designed to defraud the public with deceptive marketing and deceptive implications in order to maintain the viewing base.”
Derick won’t stop speaking out
Derick clearly has an ax to grind with both Jim Bob and TLC. He’s talked in the past about how his father-in-law controls the money the family makes from the show. He’s also criticized the network, saying they pressured Jill to film even after the revelations about how her brother Josh Duggar had sexually abused her when she was a child.
Now, it doesn’t sound like he’s likely to stop speaking out anytime soon. The law student shared he’d resisted pressure to sign an agreement to stop him from speaking out.
“Let’s just say that the truth is more important than Jim Bob’s attempts to get me to sign an NDA last year,” he wrote.
Sounds like Derick might have more things to say about the Duggar family.