Josh Duggar may be home with his family, but sources have revealed that it is “absolutely untrue” that he will be returning to Counting On next season. The show has covered much of his scandal and the fallout the entire Duggar family has endured because of it, but it looks like we won’t be hearing from Josh himself.
Josh completed his seven-month stay at a faith-based rehab center back in March. While he was in rehab, he did a lot of work with his wife, Anna, and sisters, Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald, that seemed to help the family move past what happened.
And now that he’s home, he’s been trying to slowly integrate himself back into a normal life, but that won’t include appearing on Counting On.
Whether or not fans will be upset about this decision, it’s probably the best one for everyone involved. What Josh did was a terrible thing. That he’s done work to get the help he obviously needs and continues to try to heal his relationship with his sisters and whole family is great progress. But that doesn’t mean he needs to be on TV.
He certainly doesn’t deserve the fame or money as a reward for his mistakes.
Forgiveness is something that he must continue to seek from his sisters, his family and his church. While fans of the show could feel like they deserve at least an explanation, Josh can do that through a blog or a YouTube video or any of the million ways to spread a message.
Putting him back into the limelight could immediately undo all the work he did during his rehab stay. It could also send a message that the things he did were OK and you don’t face consequences, and in fact are rewarded, if you follow in his footsteps.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anyone in the world getting that message.
And it also forces some fans to choose between supporting someone who sexually abused multiple girls or giving up one of their favorite shows. Obviously, the easiest solution is to keep the molester off the TV so everyone gets what they want.