More than 20 advertisers have backed away from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” after Josh Duggar apologized amid child molestation allegations.
The popular program was yanked from TLC’s schedule on May 22, a day after Josh Duggar — the oldest of the 19 Duggar kids — said he had “acted inexcusably” and was “deeply sorry” for what he called “my wrongdoing” when he was “a young teenager.” Duggar, 27, also resigned from his high-profile position with the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying organization.
The latest season of “19 Kids and Counting” concluded May 19. But TLC had reruns on its schedule until the May 22 announcement.
General Mills started the advertiser exodus that same day, when the company said it was taking “19 Kids and Counting” off of its advertising schedule. Others soon followed suit.
Right now, the list of companies that have released statements saying they’re not interested in advertising with “19 Kids and Counting” in the future includes:
* Allstate Insurance:
@fraudrieux It came to our attention that our commercials were airing during 19 Kids and Counting. We have pulled our ads from this program.
— Allstate Insurance (@Allstate) May 27, 2015
@sjsmommy4, we share your concern for the safety of children and have no plans to air Crayola commercials during future episodes.
— Crayola (@Crayola) May 27, 2015
@emmie_danza Kohl's will no longer advertise on 19 Kids and Counting. Steps are being taken so ads are not aired during future episodes.
— Kohl's (@Kohls) May 30, 2015
* Party City:
@yeeuh Hi, we have decided to no longer advertise on the show.
— Party City (@PartyCity) May 27, 2015
Additionally, “19 Kids and Counting” is no longer streaming on Hulu. A representative of Hulu told Entertainment Weekly that the program had “expired from our service.”
TLC declined to comment Thursday on the growing list of advertisers who no longer wish to buy time during the show; a spokeswoman for the cable channel also had no comment about “19 Kids and Counting’s” long-term future with the network.
This post, first published on Tuesday, May 26, has been updated multiple times.