Following the news TLC is formally canceling 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar thanked fans for their support and said they aren’t worried about what is to come.
“With God’s grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become,” they wrote in a blog post. “It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.”
In addition to thanking fans for their “love, support, prayers and kindness,” Jim Bob and Michelle expressed their gratitude for TLC crews. They also said they are proud of what they’ve accomplished with the show during the past 10 years.
“Over the last several years people have said to us, ‘We love your show!’ We have always responded, ‘It’s not a show, it’s our lives!’ Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life’s problems,” they said. “We have committed to Him that in all things—difficulties or success, good times or bad — we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family.”
Even though 19 Kids and Counting is done, they said they are glad to collaborate with TLC for the network’s upcoming documentary about child abuse. Beyond that, they said they have faith everything will work out.
“We know Who holds the future and are confident that He will work all things together for good,” they said. “We love each of you and look forward to unfolding the future with peace and joy.”
The documentary, featuring Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, will likely air on TLC in late August.