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TLC cancels '19 Kids and Counting' after molestation scandal

TLC has ended the 10-season run of "19 Kids and Counting."
/ Source: TODAY

After 10 seasons, TLC has canceled "19 Kids and Counting."

In an official statement, the network said in part, "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," the statement continued, then added that TLC has been consulting with "victims' rights and advocacy organizations ... to discuss how to use this moment to address the issue and make a positive impact."

Read the TLC statement in full here.

The Duggar and Dillard families Duggar Family (L to R): ..a. Back Row: Jedidiah Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, Daniel Dillard, Jill Dillard, Derick Dillard, Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, John-David Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Ben Seewald..b. Middle Row: Jana Duggar, Josiah Duggar, Grandma Duggar, Cathy Dillard, Jinger Duggar, Anna Duggar, Marcus Duggar (baby), Josh Duggar, Jeremiah Duggar..c. Front Row-B: James Duggar, Jennifer Duggar, Jordyn-Grace Duggar, Josie Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Michael Duggar..d. Front Row-A: Jackson Duggar, Justin Duggar, Jason Duggar.. stands for a portrait on June 21, 2014 in Springdale, Arkansas. (Discovery Communications).TLC

The network said it was planning to work with those organizations and the Duggar family "on a one-hour documentary that will include [sisters] Jill and Jessa and other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse."

"19 Kids" had been off the air since May, when 27-year-old Josh Duggar was revealed to have molested five children, including four of his own sisters a dozen years ago.

The reality show portrayed the day-to-day life of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, an Arkansas husband and wife and their ever-expanding brood (the show's title was regularly altered to reflect the new additions to their family).

The network's statement added, "TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help."

The Duggars also released a statement on Thursday, noting that when they were originally asked by TLC to film their family, "we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God."

They underscored that they saw the show as a way to share their faith with the world, as well as their lives, and noted, "It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well."

Read The Duggars' statement in full here.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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