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
August 5, 2015

In May, the TLC network suspended its hit reality series about the Duggar family, “19 Kids and Counting,” following allegations that the eldest of the 19 kids, Josh Duggar, had molested five girls, including his own sisters. In July, the network finally put the show out of its misery and cancelled it.

According to People magazine, who cited unnamed sources, the Duggars were being paid between $25,000 and $45,000 per episode in their pre-scandal days. If this is correct, then at a minimum, the family earned $5.7 million from the 227 episodes that aired. It was also good for $25 million in advertising revenue, according to The New York Times.

The financial status of the Duggar family is not known (and the TLC also announced it’s producing a “commercial-free” documentary about the family), but their status as major, multi-million dollar revenue fountains has almost certainly suffered mortal damage. If that’s the case, they join the ranks of the many reality show stars who amassed great fortunes, only to see them (and their brands) disappear. Here are some notable cases.


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