TLC's three-part documentary about the Duggar daughters titled Jill And Jessa Counting On has concluded but not without controversies. Critics panned the network for promoting the Duggar family after their son Josh Duggar's sex scandal and porn addiction was revealed.
However, in a recent press conference, TLC defended its decision to stay in touch with the family. During the network's Television Critics Association panel, general manager of the network Nancy Daniels said fans welcomed the three-part documentary that opened to high viewing ratings.
"We just aired a three-part special before the holidays that did very well. We had over 3 million viewers. The audience cares about these girls," she said during the press meeting. Her statement has sparked speculations that the network may develop a Duggar daughter spinoff series.
When asked about the sympathetic attitude of the network towards the disgraced family, Daniels said that that family went through a lot in recent times and TLC wanted to respond appropriately to the situation. "These are people who had something happening in their lives a long time ago. We took the show off the air and immediately connected with two well-respected agencies to figure out the appropriate response. And one of those responses was the documentary to put the word out about a situation that doesn't really get talked about," she said.
The three-part docu-series by TLC elaborately features the reactions of each of the Duggar family members who expressed their disappointment about Josh. His wife Anna, tried to control her emotions while describing her heartbreak in the show.
"It is such a betrayal for a spouse to go through what we're walking through," Anna tells the camera, while struggling to stifle her emotions. "It was hard to realise that it was such a public thing, and so, not only was it a betrayal against me, but it was also a betrayal for those who call themselves Christian. Everyone was able to see us get married and to vow before God to be loyal to each other, and that loyalty was broken. And so, for my heart, it was just broken. Josh was my first love, my one and only," the 27-year-old reality star added.
The docu-series ended with Jessa Duggar giving birth to her first child, a son who was later named as Spurgeon.