The Duggar family visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on March 11, 2014 in New York City.
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By Daniel Bukszpan
May 28, 2015

Last week, the TLC reality series “19 Kids and Counting” was in the midst of its 10th season, merrily chronicling the exploits of the extremely large Duggar family, as it had done without incident for seven years. Then, 27-year-old eldest son Josh Duggar publicly acknowledged that as a teenager, he had molested five girls. (Reports later suggested his sisters were among his victims.) To say that the revelation caused an uproar is putting it mildly.

Great efforts were quickly made by sponsors and the network to distance themselves from the calamity. On May 22, TLC pulled all episodes of the show from the air, and on Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter reported that further sponsors, such as Payless ShoeSource, Choice Hotels and Walgreens had joined General Mills in jumping ship and pulling their ads. On Thursday, Hulu also pulled all episodes from the site.


The story is unlikely to end there, and anyone hoping to exert any sort of damage control surely knows by now that ship has sailed. The only question left is what happens to the show.

If TLC plans to cancel it, they haven’t said so. But if that happens, “19 Kids and Counting” would join a long list of other high-profile shows that networks abandoned in the face of controversy. Here’s a look at a few of them.


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