Now that Derick Dillard has been fired, Counting On can (and will) air indefinitely

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This weekend, Jill Duggar’s husband Derick Dillard was unexpectedly and unceremoniously fired from TLC hit Counting On. The network’s move came a day after Derick doubled down on anti-transgender comments aimed at fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings, who’d borne the brunt of Derick’s attacks for the past several months.

Additionally, Derick had raised eyebrows with an ongoing fundraising quest, the ostensible purpose of which was to send him to a “one-year ministry residency”–but which quest ran into continual trouble because Derick, despite his best efforts, is not a charity, and is thus ineligible to receive donations according to the terms of service of his chosen fundraising sites.

So his were hardly Josh Duggar-level controversies. But, by drawing negative attention to himself and his family with seemingly every action (the fundraising issue came in the middle of reports that Derick may, potentially, be cheating on his wife, and plenty of questions about where his money really comes from), he may have forced TLC’s hand. This past summer, we reported on rumors that network executives were worried Derick could become as toxic to the Duggar brand as Josh had been.

Three months later, with Derick still unable to keep from attacking a fellow network employee, it’s possible that those same executives decided that the 28-year-old was simply not as popular as Jazz Jennings–an unwilling adversary at best–and that cutting him loose from the Duggar ship was the easiest solution. (TLC’s statement on Derick’s fiting specifically mentions that the network is “proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings.”)

But TLC’s decision may have also had a much quieter (and more financially rewarding) purpose. The question “Is Counting On going to be canceled?” has hung over the 19 Kids and Counting spinoff since its debut two years ago. Josh Duggar may be gone, but the Duggar family remains divisive (as the comments section under any article about them will attest). Counting On‘s audience, while a good size, is smaller than the show’s early 2016 peak, and is nowhere near as large as the viewership 19 Kids used to command. Just two weeks ago, we recounted the factors working against a Counting On renewal, while cautioning that it was still too soon to know whether TLC would bring down the ax.

Now, though, the show has lost its single most controversial participant. And, by taking sides with Jazz Jennings in its statement announcing Derick’s firing, TLC is shrewdly playing both sides of this particular cultural argument. The Duggar family may be divisive, true–but Derick is the most outspoken member of that family, and he’s no longer welcome in front of Counting On‘s cameras. TLC may air a show starring the Duggars, yes–but they’re also promoting diversity and togetherness by giving Jazz Jennings a platform of equal size.

In one stroke, TLC cut free some of the baggage associated with the Duggar name, ended for the foreseeable future all speculation about whether Counting On is on the chopping block–and ensured their own ability to profit from both the Duggars and the object of their ire.

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  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    He is so creepy looking. You can almost picture hearing dueling banjos when you see his face. Obvious signs of multiple cases of inbreeding in his family tree. Look at his mouth, it’s all jacked up and wonky.

    • Chewy

      Completely inbred.

      • It’s me

        I was thinking that he was a meth baby
        That would explain the look as well as the lack of brain function (say/doing dumb stuff) plus his desire to stay away from an actual job

    • melinehclassy

      LMAO Jacked up and wonky are 2 words I LOVE to use daily! kudos to this post!

  • It’s me

    Yes great cause.
    Lets help him raise money so he can spread hate & force his beliefs down everyones throat because if you dont believe the same as him you’re wrong.

    • Misty Gravel

      Dillard seems to think that living in the land of the free gives him the ‘freedom’ to take away anyone’s rights that he doesn’t agree with. Perhaps being on the pseudo reality show has given him illusions of grandeur?

  • melinehclassy

    one crazy family calling another crazy family crazy. nothing to see here people… lets move onto 90 day fiance

  • Louise

    I wonder if Jill will still be on the show. If she’s there without him, it would be a major blow to his ego. She’d technically be the breadwinner and Derick’s version of god frowns on women being the money maker, gives them too much power. On the other hand, Jill (and therefore Derick) would still get a TLC check to pay for all their religious vacation trips and comfy lifestyle.

    • Alisson Leech

      I think the Duggars are similar to the Putmans. Daddy controls all of the money.

  • CutePuppyGuest

    TLC just needs to do the right thing and cut this bunch of losers loose. It is not like they don’t feel the same way as Derick, it is just that they know TLC is the cash cow and most of them don’t want to give that up. Derick was stupid though. He would not let the issue go and keep his mouth shut even after the first TLC warning. Ben and Jeremy have been called out for some of their beliefs too. Michelle Duggar did a robo-call against trans people. Don’t let this family fool you. They all dislike gays, trans, Catholics, and anyone else who does not fit the Duggar mold of what people should be.