Cancelling “19 Kids and Counting” not only caused TLC to lose what had been a widely popular reality series, it also cost the television network $19 million.
Discovery Communications CFO Andy Warren said the heavy loss, which came to light during the company’s second-quarter earnings report conference call on August 5, was because of “higher restructuring and other charges this year of $19 million primarily due to content impairment charges from canceling TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting.”
According to E! Online, TLC said in a statement, “After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air. The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.”
TLC pulled the plug on “19 Kids and Counting” following the molestation scandal surrounding Josh Duggar, who admitted to molesting five girls – including his sisters Jill and Jessa Duggar.
The network also axed “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” in the aftermath of the scandal.
As reported by the Us Magazine, the television network announced in their official statement that they, in association with child-protection organizations, were raising awareness about child sex abuse.
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