TLC fires Derick Dillard from Counting On over Jazz Jennings comments

Josh Duggar and Derick Dillard together - both have been fired by TLC

We reported earlier today that Derick Dillard is continuing his criticism of fellow TLC reality star Jazz Jennings, and at roughly the same time that we were working on that post, TLC issued a statement revealing that Derick has been fired from Counting On and has not filmed for months!

Here is TLC’s full statement, as posted on Twitter hours ago:

We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future. We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.

In case you missed it, Derick first commented on Jazz a few months ago, in response to TLC promoting her show. “What an oxymoron… a ‘reality,’ show which follows a non-reality,” Derick tweeted. “‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.” TLC said in response at the time: “Derick Dillard‘s personal statement does not represent the views of TLC.” (Thus why they “reiterated” the same point in today’s statement.)

Derick doubled down on his criticism of Jazz and TLC’s decision to air her story in a series of defensive tweets on Thursday, including this quote:

Derick Dillard Jazz Jennings quote If I say I am Nepali, that doesn't make me so

(Click here for all of Derick’s most recent tweets about Jazz Jennings.)

Fans have been speculating about Derick and Jill’s departure for months as TLC has quietly removed them both from all of the promotional material for the current season. And in a report less than two weeks ago there was a source “close to production” that revealed that “execs at TLC are…less than thrilled to be putting out fire[s] surrounding yet another Duggar scandal.”

The lack of Derick’s involvement on the show over the last few months would also help explain why he continues to press fans for donations to help pay for his one-year missionary residency.

Derick joins disgraced brother-in-law Josh Duggar on the sidelines of the Duggar family’s reality show empire, and joins a growing list of disgraced TLC reality stars that includes Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch Mama June Shannon and The Willis Family patriarch Toby Willis.

TLC has yet to issue a statement on the fate of Jill Duggar as far as Counting On goes. If she was not going to appear at all, then I believe that TLC would have said as much in their statement above. So, I think fans can expect to continue seeing Jill, and perhaps her children, at least for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Jazz Jennings appears to have responded to the most recent comments made by Derick with this tweet:

So what do you think about TLC drawing a line in the sand with Derick, especially given the network’s other roster of reality shows?

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  • Sophie

    I feel like if tlc really wanted to show that they don’t stand with the derick then they would cancel the show. It’s a matter of time before another duggar says something hateful and hurtful so why not take away their platform. Then tlc won’t have to respond since they woud no longer be associated with the family. Also how many people actually watch the show anymore?? Is it worth having it on air anymore?? Just my opinion

    • Jenn

      So true considering years ago, Michelle recorded a robocall regarding the transgender bathroom issue and likened trans people to pedophiles. The whole family is hateful under the guise of religion.

      • Angie Grey

        She made that robocall while she was covering up the fact that her own son is a pedophile. Sick, nasty, disgusting people.

  • Tatiana

    Just can the whole thing. Without Derick and Jill there’s just smug annoying Jessa and her awful husband and the bland younger sisters.

  • Alisson Leech

    TLC finally stood up for the CHILD on their payroll!! Took them long enough…

    • newelljanelle

      I don’t think it’s so much as standing up for a child . TLC lost many sponsors because of Josh and just didn’t want to go through that again.

      • Alisson Leech

        TLC has so many other good shows and doesn’t need the Duggars for ratings! Why don’t they see that??

        • Shanaynay

          They dont need Jazz either. I 100% am against that show!! I dont even watch TLC. They’re a sham network.

          • Wow you’re sick

            Well, we don’t need you.

            • Shanaynay

              Obviously you do since I gave you something to comment on!

  • Guest

    Jazz is nutty as hell, but so is Derick. He just always strikes me as a glorified man child who won’t settle down, get a job, and be responsible for his kids and wife. Instead he just jets around beating his bible and begging for money. Newsflash Derick: clean up your own yard before you go digging in someone else’s

    • TA

      Derik DID have a job before he met Jill. He has a college degree and had a job as an accountant with WalMart before they decided to become full time missionaries.
      Either his crazy didn’t show in the beginning, or he’s been completely brainwashed by this cult.

  • Jordan Clarke

    Good, get rid of the whole family

  • cookie

    TLC as a whole needs to be cancelled

  • Trash 4 cash

    Round of applause for TLC!

  • Kels2707

    I don’t get this family at all? Protect a child molester, but attack the LGBT community

  • Charla

    Derick looks like he’s suffering from malaria or something. It’s odd that he’s not as outspoken about the child abuse his own wife suffered… ? I’d imagine that would be something they would use their gofundme money for- preventing child abuse. Not for providing Latin American children with Jesus coloring books.

  • Beezow

    Imagine taking a photo like that with the guy who m o l ested your wife. Smdh.

  • barbinop

    I’m not saying that his comments were wrong or right but as Americans don’t we have the right to free speech?

    • Um.

      Yeah, but they don’t have to give him a tv show with which to do it, and Americans tend to forget that the “right to free speech” does not mean “free from consequences stemming from what you say,” and this is the consequence for Derek by TLC, his employers.

  • Aussie cathie

    Back to Walmart for you hillbilly …. PIG

  • True Disbeliever

    Fat and skinny had a race…

  • True Disbeliever

    Sorry, but I can’t say anything good about TLC. They not only introduced us to the Duggars, but also little Miss Booboo. TLC once stood for The Learning Channel…LOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • Shanaynay

    I’m appalled TLC has a show about a child who thinks he’s a girl!!! ??