It’s been nearly two years since Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal saw him banished from TV seemingly for good.
Almost immediately after news of the shocking allegations broke, TLC made the decision to cancel its hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting.
Although the Duggars were eventually brought back to TLC through Counting On, which follows Jim Bob and Michelle’s older children, Josh was not invited to make an appearance.
“Nobody thought TLC would ever allow him on again,” a source recently told In Touch Weekly exclusively.
Unfortunately for the family, TLC has reportedly been less than impressed by Counting On’s ratings since it premiered last year.
But, according to sources close to the family, Duggar patriarch Jim Bob has already devised a plan to boost ratings for the show—his primary source of income these days—and it doesn’t have anything to do with adding another baby to the mix.
As In Touch Weekly reports, Jim Bob thinks the solution to everybody’s problems is to revitalize Josh’s reality TV career.
“He spent a month trying to convince TLC that Josh should be back on the show. They finally caved and agreed to let him film an upcoming Counting On webisode where he’ll talk about his joy at learning he’s going to be a father again,” the source explained. If the supposed episode does well, “He’ll appear on the next season of Counting On.”
The disgraced eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle has tried his best to stay out of the spotlight ever since he confessed to fondling his younger sisters as a teenager.
Although he entered a religious form of sex rehab shortly thereafter, the molestation scandal wasn’t the last time the public heard about Josh Duggar’s sick indiscretions.
During his stint in rehab, it was revealed that Josh had created a secret Ashley Madison account, which he later blamed on an alleged addiction to sex and pornography.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife,” he said at the time. “I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain, and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”
Shockingly enough, Josh’s wife, Anna, stood by him through everything, and the parents-of-four are now expecting their fifth child together.