'19 Kids and Counting' pulled from TLC, Hulu following Josh Duggar molestation scandal

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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Josh Duggar speaks out, TLC pulls show amid scandal
Sandy Kenyon has the story.

NEW YORK -- 19 Kids and Counting has been pulled from TLC and Hulu after reports surfaced that Josh Duggar had molested girls as a teenager.

"Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time," TLC said in a statement.

Hulu has also removed 19 Kids and Counting from its website, according to TMZ.

PHOTOS: Duggar family over the years

Duggar has recently resigned from the The Family Research Council in the wake of the reality TV star's apology after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager.

Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Christian lobbying group, said in a statement Thursday that Duggar resigned because of information becoming public that he believed would "make it difficult for him to be effective." As executive director of FRC Action, he served as a public face of the organization.

Hours after the resignation, Duggar posted the following statement on Facebook.

    According to ABC News, the apology is in response to a 2006 police report first obtained by In Touch magazine. When Duggar was 14-years-old, he was accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen, People Magazine reports.

    Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, issued the following statement on Facebook.

    Josh Duggar, 27, appears on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting. He is the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children.

    Neither the Family Research Council nor Duggar could be reached for further comment. TLC had no comment.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.