Jill Duggar: Star Of “Counting On” — Life After Leaving The Show
The Duggars began their Reality TV show journey with TLC in 2008 when they had 17 kids, the show’s title then was 17 Kids and Counting, it kept up with the daily lives of the family as they awaited the birth of their eighteenth child. The show which quickly grew in popularity, changed its titles over the years to 18 Kids and Counting, to 19 Kids and Counting, and finally, Counting On.
Jill Duggar Dillard who is the fourth child of the Duggar family took part in the show all her life but famously left the reality series in 2017 after her husband, Derick Dillard, was fired.
Below are some insides on how her life took shape after she left the show
Jill Duggar’s – Husband Derrick Dillard Was Fired From “Counting On”
Jill and Derick previously took a step back from the show for personal reasons but Derick was officially released from TLC in 2017 after going on a transphobic rant against fellow reality star Jazz Jennings. In the tweets, Derick repeatedly misgendered Jazz and claimed that being transgender was a myth. TLC had to issue a disclaimer on Derick after his social media rant.
“We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future,” TLC said in a statement announcing the network’s decision. “We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.”
Jill Duggar — How She Felt On Her Brother’s Verdict
Jill’s oldest brother Josh Duggar was found guilty of receiving and possessing child pornography on Thursday, December 9. Jill and Derick issued a statement, immediately sharing their thoughts on the court proceedings after Josh was taken into custody and transferred to Washington County Jail.
“Today was difficult for our family,” they wrote. “Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation. We are thankful for the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, forensic analysts, prosecutors, and all others involved who save kids and hold accountable those responsible for their abuse.”
Jill Duggar — Jill And Derick Weren’t Paid For “Counting On”
Derick confirmed that he and Jill were never paid all through their stay on the show, “I asked TLC if we could get paid when I found out some things and they said there was an agreement that we be paid.” He further said that he had never been paid for 19 Kids and Counting and talked to Jim Bob about it.
Jill and Derick have been open about receiving no compensation for their time on Counting On, PEOPLE initially reported that Jill’s dad Jim Bob was in charge of the money made from Counting On, as they received $25,000 to $45,000 per episode.
The couple didn’t receive money from the series until they quit in 2017. Jill said: “That’s when we got an attorney involved and finally recovered some of the money. It was a process.”
Derick said in a YouTube video: “It probably ended up being a little more than minimum wage. But we were able to recover at least something.”
The show was canceled in 2021 after Jill’s oldest brother Josh was arrested for child pornography.
Jill Duggar — Her Relationship With Her Dad
In the November 2021 filing, Jill Duggar was cited saying that her relationship with her father Jim Bob Duggar “got pretty toxic” after she and her husband, Derick Dillard, began making family decisions that were not in alignment with her dad’s opinions.
“I saw a whole new side to my dad once my husband and I started making decision that were best for our family, but not in his best interest,” Jill told the psychologist, according to the filing. “Sadly, I realized he had become pretty controlling, fearful, and reactionary.”
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Jill claimed that Jim Bob was “verbally abusive” at times, Jill described her relationship with Jim Bob as “not good.” She explained that there was no improvement whatsoever in the situation, as being in Jim Bob’s presence these days “isn’t good for my mental health,” though she noted that she still hopes the relationship can be “restored” someday. “There are just too many triggers and stuff for me to have to process after being around him,” Jill said.
The legal filing also stated that Jill’s claims were supported by her husband Derick, who had said in a deposition that Jim Bob did not approve of his daughter having a nose ring, drinking alcohol, or wearing pants.
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