In a new interview, the Duggar family opens up about how they deal with the past.
Good Morning America's Paula Faris sat down with the former stars of 19 Kids and Counting, some of whom are about to return to television in Jill & Jessa: Counting On. With the rebooted series premiering on TLC less than a year after the news broke that oldest brother Josh had sexually assaulted five minors, including four of his own sisters, the question lingers over whether it's too soon for the family to return to the spotlight.
John-David Duggar insists that his family and their faith are stronger than ever.
"The devil took his best shot," he said. "And he tried to take our whole family down, but God has really used this to — instead of tearing us apart as a family, he's using it to draw us together... We've forgiven, and we're moving on, and we're looking to the future."
Jessa Duggar Seewald says the family has had time to heal despite the fast turnaround of the series.
"I think in the midst of what we were walking through, there definitely have to be periods where you're like, 'I don't want cameras around,'" she said. "If we can encourage even one other person out there who's struggling, then that needs to be our goal ... we've had a lot of healing in our family these past few months and we're ready to move forward and share our lives."
ABC also confirms that Josh, who recently left rehab, will not appear in the series.
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