Josh Duggar Will Not Be Returning To TLC’s ‘Counting On’

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Contrary to reports circulating this week, Josh Duggar will not be returning to his sisters’ TLC show, Jill & Jessa: Counting On.

A network source confirmed to People that the claims regarding Duggar’s return are “absolutely untrue,” and that he will not be included in the show’s upcoming season.

Josh sought treatment at a faith-based rehabilitation program in August 2015 after he confessed he had cheated on his wife, Anna Duggar. The public learned he had an account with the affair site Ashley Madison. Josh also admitted that he had an addiction to pornography. He spent seven months in the program in Rockford, Illinois, before returning home in March.

During his time in the program, his family wished him all the best in his recovery. Josh’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle released a statement that read, “As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions. His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others…We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change.”

Since then, Josh has been working to better his family life. In May, he and his wife Anna shared a statement on the Duggar family website that stated the couple have been “working with a professional marriage and family counselor to take important steps toward healing.”

“It isn’t easy and some days are very difficult. It is a long road to rebuild trust and a truly healthy relationship,” the statement added. “As the future unfolds, we are taking one day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of us and our sweet children.”

The new season of Counting On will air on TLC this summer.


Rachel C