‘Counting On’: Derick Dillard May Have Just Revealed the Reason for the Duggar Family Feud

Derick Dillard has taken to sharing a lot of information about his famous in-laws recently. While Derick started talking about his time inside the Duggar family back in December 2019, he has gone more and more public in recent months. Derick began with a media tour, granting interviews with a YouTuber, a media publication, and a podcast. Now, he has taken to TLC’s Instagram page to share more tea. One of his claims has caught the interest of viewers. Derick reported that Jim Bob Duggar asked him to sign a non-disclosure agreement last year. Presumably, he refused. Now, critics are wondering if that refusal is what turned quiet tension into a full-blown family feud.

Derick claims Jim Bob Duggar asked him to sign an NDA last year

Derick may have joined the Duggar family in 2014, but apparently, Jim Bob didn’t ask him to sign an NDA until last year. The revelation came via Instagram, where Derick happily answered fan questions and bashed his in-laws. Based on Derick’s statements, he refused to sign the paperwork. Derick’s remarks are a tad surprising, but at the same time, seem to fall in line with how Jim Bob has been portrayed by Derick, Amy Duggar, and several former employees.

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Amy, who appeared on the family’s show, 19 Kids and Counting, has been open about the fact that she can’t speak about the Duggar family due to contractual obligations. Amy and her mother, Deanna Duggar, spoke briefly about Amy’s NDA in a recent Livestream. Several former employees have also come forward to suggest Jim Bob runs a strict household and isn’t above cutting off his children if they fail to follow his rules.

Why would Derick be asked to sign an NDA so recently?

Derick’s revelation took Instagram audiences by surprise. The fact that he was asked to sign an NDA, however, isn’t what confused family followers. Instead, critics are curious about the timing of that paperwork. According to Derick, he was asked to sign the paperwork fairly recently, but he became a part of the Duggar family back in 2014. It seems strange that Jim Bob would have been so careless. Critics largely believe Derick would have been asked to sign paperwork before he even became a member of the Duggar family. So, why did it take so long for Jim Bob to try to silence Derick?

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard  on 'Extra'
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

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Trouble between the Dillards and the Duggars appears to have hit a breaking point in the last six months. Derick didn’t start talking openly about family issues until December 2019. Until then, he aimed most of his ire at the network that carried the family’s reality TV show. Is it possible that Jim Bob noticed Derick gearing up to spill the family’s secrets and attempted to put a stop to it by forcing him to sign an NDA? It seems that way, but as it stands, Jim Bob doesn’t appear to have anything to hold over Derick and his wife. Unlike the rest of the Duggar kids, Derick and Jill Duggarare not financially dependent on Jim Bob.

Did Derick accidentally reveal the reason for his feud with Jim Bob Duggar?

It’s hard to pin down exactly when things soured between Derick and the Duggar family. Some critics believe their relationship turned tense in 2017, when Derick and Jill stepped away from Counting On, others strongly believe that the trouble really started last summer after Jill and Derick moved into their new house. If the problems did begin in 2019, it is entirely possible that Derick’s refusal to sign an NDA took a tense situation and turned it into an all-out war.  

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If the NDA was a sticking point, as Derick seems to claim, a lot of what Derick has already said seems to make a lot more sense. Derick has stated he and his wife are not allowed to visit the Duggar family compound. It is entirely plausible that Jim Bob is keeping them away because they are not legally required to keep quiet about anything they see inside the home. The lack of an NDA may also be why Jill is not allowed to see her siblings unless there are multiple other siblings around.