Jill & Jessa Duggar reportedly causing huge family rift with new reality show
Not all of the Duggars are happy to see the family returning to reality television.
According to Entertainment Tonight, a source within the family told the outlet that TLC's planned three-part special Jill & Jessa: Counting On is "turning into a circus."
ET reports that the source said the Duggars who are against the show particularly take issue with Anna Duggar's appearance in the program, given the sensitive nature of her current situation.
The source revealed that "certain members of the family are more focused on ratings and a paycheck than actually focusing on the issues at hand," adding that some members of the Duggar family have “chosen not to participate in the special out of respect to the serious ordeal the family has been going through in the last months.”
But Jill and Jessa clearly aren't shying away from discussing the family's turmoil over brother Josh Duggar's scandal that broke this past year.
"I cried a lot of tears," Jill said in the promo for the reality show. "My first thoughts were for Anna."
Josh's scandal rocked the family when it was revealed that he molested five young girls, including his sisters, when he was a teenager. And then, just a few months later, Josh also admitted to cheating on Anna using the site Ashley Madison. He also confessed to having an addiction to pornography. Following the cheating scandal, Josh checked himself into a faith-based rehab center where he has been getting treatment ever since.
"It was heartbreaking to hear what had happened," Anna emotionally explained in the promo.
But despite Anna's willingness to appear on the new reality show, ET's source said that putting Anna on camera "at a time like this" has a lot of "family members... disagreeing with a lot of what they are doing."
Jill & Jessa: Counting On premieres Dec. 15 on TLC.