Derick Dillard Now Claims A ‘Bogus Contract’ Is The Reason He And Jill Duggar Left ‘Counting On’
It’s been nearly two years since TLC fired Derick Dillard from Counting On and then his wife Jill Duggar quit the show in solidarity, but the former reality star is still insisting that it was his decision to quit. Since his termination in November 2017, Dillard has given different reasons for why he left the show, and his latest claim is that he and Duggar wanted out of a “bogus contract.”
TLC fired Derick Dillard because of transphobic comments
Dillard is an extreme social conservative, and when he shares his political views, he causes a lot of controversies. TLC fired Dillard because he attacked I Am Jazz star Jazz Jennings on social media, writing that “transgender is a myth. Gender is not fluid. It’s ordained by God.”
Jennings is a teenager who started her transition from male to female at a young age, and Derick Dillard has some serious problems with that. He called her show an “oxymoron” because it was a reality show that followed “non-reality.”
He went even further and attacked Jennings’ parents, accusing them of child abuse for allowing her to transition so young. And, he said the media shouldn’t encourage that kind of thinking.
Not long after his controversial tweets, TLC cut ties with Dillard. The network released a statement that made it clear the 30-year-old hadn’t filmed anything for months, and they had no plans to work with him in the future.
Losing his job didn’t stop his controversial opinions
Just one month after TLC announced they were no longer working with Derick Dillard, he retweeted a Fox News story about the situation and wrote that it is “unbelievable what’s considered newsworthy these days.” He also told fans that the story was how he found out that TLC fired him.
“For the record, I was never fired. I just felt it best for my family to cut ties months ago, as we are heading in a different direction,” tweeted Dillard.
When a confused fan asked him to clarify, Dillard responded, “They won’t tell you that I was ever fired because I wasn’t. We wanted to leave and they didn’t want us to. That’s the truth.”
In the spring of 2018, Derick Dillard was back on Twitter again to give his opinion about the TLC show Nate & Jeremiah by Design. The show features a married gay couple – Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent – who are the parents of a daughter named Poppy and a son named Oskar, and the show follows their family as the two interior designers remodel homes.
Dillard took to social media to blast TLC’s promotion of the show. He complained about the “liberal agenda” that highlights and celebrates a lifestyle that is “degrading to children” He also called the show a “travesty of family.”
Derick Dillard now claims he left for missionary work
Dillard and Duggar got married in 2014, and one year later they headed to El Salvador to work with SOS Ministries after TLC canceled 19 Kids & Counting. The couple lived in Central America for two years, and TLC chronicled their work on the spinoff Counting On.
In a now-deleted tweet that Derick Dillard wrote on September 5th, he told a fan that he and Duggar quit their missionary work because “TLC wouldn’t release us from a bogus contract that we weren’t even aware of.”
The response confused the fan, who then asked “You quit missionary work because of TLC? I’m not following your train of thought.” The fan then added that Duggar’s dad Jim Bob would have negotiated the “bogus contract” with TLC, so Dillard might want to talk to his father-in-law if he feels he got screwed.
Dillard then replied: “What do you mean you don’t follow? It makes perfect sense considering the fact that thats (sic) why we quit filming – TLC kept trying to keep us from missionary work.”
However, since Dillard and Duggar left Counting On, they have stopped their missionary work and live in Arkansas while Dillard is in law school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. If they left the show because TLC was interfering with their missionary work, then why did they stop their mission trips at the exact same time they parted ways with TLC?
New episodes of Counting On – without Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar – will return to TLC in October.