Cutting ties with the Duggar family doesn't come cheap

Aug 6, 2015 at 9:41 a.m. ET
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After Josh Duggar's molestation scandal came to light, TLC made the decision to cancel the Duggar family's show, 19 Kids and Counting — but it has not come cheap.

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At the time of the cancellation, TLC released a statement that read, "After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air. The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection."

But the Discovery network, TLC's parent company, has lost a massive amount of money, $19 million to be exact, by cutting ties with the family — the loss is actually not all that surprising since 19 Kids and Counting was TLC's highest-rated show.

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According to The Wrap, Chief Financial Officer Andrew Warren revealed the loss during a conference call on Wednesday, citing, "higher restructuring and other charges this year of $19 million, primarily due to content impairment charges of canceling TLC's 19 Kids & Counting."

You might be sad that the Duggars have left your TV screens, but there's a good chance that the network is even more upset. However, according to The Wrap, there may still be a chance of a spin-off show, and judging by the overwhelming amount of attention Jessa's pregnancy is getting, it would no doubt be a lucrative collaboration.

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On Wednesday, Jessa Seewald took to Instagram to share a picture of her growing baby bump — she is currently 27 weeks and three days pregnant — and fans were thrilled with the update.

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Comments on the pic include, "I really do miss you guys... I can't believe you guys were canceled, after some of the shows that have been added to the network" and "Cutest and the best of all the Dugger [sic] kids. No lies no cover ups [sic]. Deals with it all straight up."

Would you watch a spin-off of Jessa and Jill's lives? Or do you think this family has had enough time in the limelight?

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