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Duggars, TLC remain quiet, while advertisers and others speak out on scandal

While the family and the network aren't saying much, advertisers eager to distance themselves from "19 Kids and Counting" are speaking up.
/ Source: TODAY

It's been over a week since allegations of child molestation against Josh Duggar first broke, and almost as long since the Duggar family or TLC, the network behind their reality show, have made any public remarks about the scandal.

But while they're quiet, the same can't be said of advertisers eager to distance themselves from "19 Kids and Counting."

CVS added, "Our current ad campaign does include the TLC network and we are working to ensure that our ads do not air during any future episodes of this particular program."

Those are just the latest businesses to break ties with the show. Earlier in the week, General Mills, Payless Shoe Source and Choice Hotels did the same.

"I think we will continue to see a fallout of all advertisers across the board," Variety senior TV writer Elizabeth Wagmeister told TODAY.

And not just from advertisers.

Rick Santorum, who recently announced his presidential bid and who received public support from the Duggars during his 2012 campaign, said he was upset by the news about Josh Duggar.

"I was just sickened by it," he told ABC news. "I pray for those girls in particular. To have gone through that is … just hard to think about."

As for TLC, while the network pulled all episodes of "19 Kids and Counting" from its lineup last week, there's still no word on the longterm future of the show.

"You could say that TLC is kind of tarnishing themselves in this case considering they haven't jumped on the opportunity to make a decision," Huffington Post entertainment editor Leigh Blickley told TODAY.

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