In 2015, a scandal rocked the stars of reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting when it was reported that Josh Duggar, the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, had molested five young girls — two of whom are his own sisters. After the accusations came to light, the older Duggar son released a statement acknowledging and apologizing for his “wrongdoing.” TLC later canceled the popular series that had been on the air since 2008.
This wasn’t the only scandal Duggar was involved in, but through it all his wife, Anna, stuck by her husband’s side. It seems now that some time has passed, his fans are ready to move on from his past too — which is good news for Duggar, because he reportedly wants to return to reality TV.
Here’s what’s been going on with Duggar since he’s been out the spotlight and more on his possible return to the small screen.
Ashley Madison hack revealed Duggar as a member
Following the molestation allegations, Duggar was involved in another scandal when Ashley Madison, a website catering to people seeking extramarital affairs, was hacked, and the names of its members were released. He admitted to being unfaithful to his wife and apologized again to her and all the fans he let down.
In 2017, In Touch reported that a lawsuit was filed against the reality TV star by Matthew McCarthy, a DJ in Los Angeles who claimed Duggar used his image as his profile picture on the site without his permission.
He entered and completed faith-based rehab
Less than a week after he confessed to infidelity, his family announced that Duggar entered a faith-based treatment facility. In March 2016, he left the rehab center in Illinois and returned home to Arkansas.
Prior to his completion of the rehabilitation program, his wife, Anna Duggar, addressed the scandals and spoke out about how hard things had been for the couple. She said that she decided to go see her husband while he was away because she believed that was “an important step on a long difficult road.”
19 Kids and Counting spinoff doesn’t include him
After TLC pulled the plug on 19 Kids and Counting, the network created the spinoff show Counting On.
The series premiered in December 2015 and featured all of the Duggar children except for Josh. However, Anna Duggar and his children have made several appearances on the show.
The couple revealed pregnancy and marriage issues
A year after Duggar left rehab, he and wife Anna announced on the Duggar family webpage that they were working on their marriage and are expecting baby No. 5. The couple’s statement read:
For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family. Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust. We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time. As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year. Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!
Duggar may be returning to TV with his wife and family
For the most part, Duggar has laid low and stayed out of the spotlight ever since news of his various scandals broke, but now, he reportedly wants to return to TV. That possible return will likely come on a future episode of Counting On with the rest of his family. According to In Touch, in an effort to boost ratings for Counting On, Jim Bob Duggar has asked the network to bring their older son back.
“He spent a month trying to convince TLC that Josh should be back on the show. They finally caved and agreed to let him film an upcoming Counting On webisode where he’ll talk about his joy at learning he’s going to be a father again,” a source told the publication, also adding that if the episode is well-received, “He’ll appear on the next season of Counting On.”
Anna gave birth to a fifth child
On Sept. 12, 2017, Duggar and his wife welcomed their fifth child, Mason Garrett Duggar.
They’re still trying to work on their marriage
The talk about Josh and Anna Duggar’s marriage being broken beyond repair hasn’t really died down since the molestation scandal first made headlines. An insider claimed that while the pair has been in therapy together for quite some time, their marriage is still on the rocks.
“They have continued to work through their issues in couples counseling,” a source told RadarOnline, adding that their marriage is only hanging on by a thread.
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