In light of the revelation that Josh Duggar molested several underage girls when he was a teenager, the Duggars’ TLC TV show “19 Kids and Counting” has been at the center of much controversy. TLC recently pulled the series from its listings, and now partner Hulu is following suit.
CNN Money spoke with Hulu chief executive Mike Hopkins about the decision to stop streaming the show. Hopkins didn’t go into detail, but did say, “We’re partners. We license the show from them. And of course, as you know, they took it off of their platforms, so we did the same.”
That’s not to say show is gone permanently — just like TLC hasn’t officially canceled “19 Kids and Counting” yet. Hopkins says the episodes are offline “for the time being.”
The Duggars’ sexual abuse scandal caused a backlash with the show’s sponsors, and many — including Choice Hotels, Payless and CVS — announced they would not be airing advertisements during the program anymore.
Meanwhile, TLC is reportedly considering a “19 Kids and Counting” spinoff series starring daughters Jessa and Jill Duggar.