‘Counting On’: Why Can’t Amy Duggar Speak About Her Famous Family?

It’s been a wild week for the followers of the Duggar family. Two family members agreed to sitdown interviews. For those who have been desperate to see the family’s tea spilled all over the internet, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Both Amy Duggar, the family’s rebellious cousin, and the family’s outspoken in-law, Derick Dillard, agreed to chat on YouTube. One of those two interviews have now been scrubbed from YouTube, and it looks like Amy has been silenced.

Amy Duggars interview was taken down after the threat of a lawsuit

Amy agreed to sit down for a YouTube interview last week. The hour-long conversation reportedly covered everything from Amy’s business to her role as a family rebel and everything in between. Family followers who caught the interview noted that Amy was charismatic, funny, and was careful not to say anything too bad about her famous family. If you were hoping to see that interview, you are officially out of luck.

Fans who were streaming the video experienced an unexpected error about halfway through the interview. The video disappeared entirely, but that wasn’t the end of it. Within days, an explanation video was posted. Amy asked for the video to be removed because she had been threatened with a lawsuit for speaking about her famous family.

Who tried to silence Amy Duggar?

Amy Duggar is interested in speaking about her life and including some details about the Duggar family, but clearly, she’s been silenced by someone. While Katie Joy of Without a Crystal Ball, stopped short at stating who threatened Amy with a lawsuit, it’s clear that someone told Amy that she was opening herself up to a problem if she continued speaking about the Duggar family.

Reddit fans have theorized that either Jim Bob Duggar, his lawyer, or TLC contacted Amy regarding her recent interview. A threat perpetrated by Jim Bob or a private lawyer seems most likely. More concerning would be a potential threat coming from TLC, though. TLC is the network that carries the Duggar family’s show Counting On. Amy did not mention who requested her interview be removed from the internet.

Does Amy Duggar have a NDA?

Amy has not mentioned whether or not she has a non-disclosure agreement. Based on her overarching concerns about potential lawsuits, it seems likely that the business owner and mother of one signed some form of an agreement at some point. It’s hard to say who she may have signed a contract with, and whether or not it would be enforceable, but it doesn’t sound like Amy is interested in finding out.

Family followers, however, are curious as to how Derick is free to speak about what is going on inside the Duggar family, while Amy is legally unable to do so. Presumably, both Amy and Derick would have been asked to sign the same paperwork to appear on the series. Derick also appeared on the show much more recently than Amy. Amy’s last appearance on TLC was back in 2014 before Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse scandal broke. It’s possible that Derick, now armed with some legal knowledge, is aware whatever contract exists is not enforceable, but that’s purely conjecture.