Derick Dillard Calls Jill Duggar’s Interview With Megyn Kelly After Josh Duggar’s Scandal ‘Borderline Coercion’

Josh Duggar’s trial and guilty verdict brought the Duggar family back into the spotlight. And during the trial, Josh Duggar’s scandals of the past were brought to attention. In 2015, the media released information from police records that stated Josh admitted to molesting a few of his sisters. Later, Jill Duggar was one of the sisters to speak out during an interview with Megyn Kelly — but now, Derick Dillard says the interview bordered on coercion. Here’s what happened.

Megyn Kelly’s interview with Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar took place after Josh Duggar’s scandals in 2015

Jill Duggar Dillard (L) and husband Derick Dillard of the Duggar family smiling on the set of 'Extra'
Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard visit ‘Extra’ | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

Those who kept up with the Duggar family and Josh Duggar’s scandals of the past likely remember Megyn Kelly’s interview with Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar. Jill and Jessa came forward as two of the sisters affected by Josh’s alleged molestation in 2006. They spoke to Kelly about what happened to them and their experience with the media catching wind of what occurred.

“We didn’t choose to come out and tell our story,” Jill said during the interview. “This wouldn’t have been our first choice. But, now that this story has been brought about, we really feel like, as we’ve been seeing these headlines, as we’ve been seeing things that people are saying about our family, we feel like, as victims, we have to come out and speak.”

Jill then went on to say that what Josh did to her was “very mild” compared to what could have happened or what other women go through. Jill and Jessa also confirmed that their parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, had to tell them what occurred.

Derick Dillard called the Megyn Kelly interview ‘borderline coercion’

It’s been years since the Megyn Kelly interview with Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar. But since Josh Duggar’s trial and guilty verdict, Duggar family followers are looking at it from an entirely new lens. Additionally, the Duggar sisters filed a lawsuit against the City of Springdale police department for invasion of privacy, The Sun reports. KNWA Fox24 then reported the lawsuit was dismissed.

Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, recently commented online about the interview after a Duggar follower claimed the Duggar sisters were paid for their Megyn Kelly interview. Derick claimed the interview was “borderline coercion.”

“Please don’t comment about things you know nothing about,” Derick stated, according to screenshots from Reddit. “We were not paid a single cent, and the whole ordeal was borderline duress/coercion. We weren’t even being paid for the show that we had to film tens of hours per week for, so what makes you think we would have received any pay or perks from this?” He then said the entire situation was “devastating.”

What are the Duggars saying about Josh Duggar now?

A photo of Josh Duggar from the Duggar family after his arrest
Josh Duggar | Washington County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images

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With Derick Dillard’s recent commentary about Jill Duggar’s interview and the past Josh Duggar scandal, what are the Duggars saying about Josh Duggar now?

A number of Josh’s siblings arrived in court to see the trial. After the trial concluded, several of them spoke out on social media. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar issued a statement online, as did Jill, Jinger Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, Amy Duggar, and Jessa Duggar. The family seemed in agreement with the guilty verdict. They also mentioned they’d help care for Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna Duggar.

Anna Duggar didn’t immediately respond to the trial. But more recently, she made her stance clear. In early February 2022, she posted a text post to Instagram stating, “There is more to the story.” A link in her Instagram bio leads to Josh’s legal papers requesting an acquittal or new trial.

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