Josh Duggar went on social media recently to announce the birth of his fourth child with his wife, Anna. At the same time, the Duggar clan could be facing financial troubles after TLC cancelled their show '19 Kids and Counting.'
Duggar made the announcement of his child's birth on Instagram and Twitter on July 19. Darren Sweeney of Fox 8 Cleveland reported that public reaction to the birth has been a mixed bag, given his molestation scandal back in May.
"Announcing the arrival of Meredith Grace Duggar," he wrote. "Anna and Meredith are resting & doing well!"
Duggar added that his newborn child weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured at 20 ½ inches.
Sweeney reported on the social media reaction Duggar received from his announcement. Some were supportive while others tried to tear him and his family down.
"How can any woman lie next to a man like that?" a fan on Twitter wrote.
"You are still a liar and a hypocrite," another wrote on Instagram.
"Josh & Anna, God bless you and your beautiful family," a fan wrote on Instagram.
"Congratulations!! Enjoy your new baby and never let the witch hunt get you down," a supporter wrote on Twitter.
Despite the good news from Josh, the Duggar family could be facing financial difficulties now. According to Nadine DeNinno of OK! Magazine, TLC's cancellation of their show on July 16 has cost them millions of dollars so far.
"The Duggars may have made millions from their now-cancelled TLC show, 19 Kids And Counting, but now they are pleading for money after reportedly losing $25 million-and counting," DeNinno wrote.
DeNinno pointed out that on their official YouTube page, Duggar Studios, the family has asked viewers to donate money so they can create "fresh quality content."
"Every contribution is helpful, big or small," the Duggars wrote.
However, Nicole Massabrook of International Business Times reported that despite the show's cancellation, the Duggar family is still in the public spotlight. She pointed out that some Duggar family members still have contracts in the form of speaking engagements.
"Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and her husband Ben are headed out on tour," Massabrook wrote. "They'll join Southern Women's Shows in four cities during the fall. While the numbers haven't been released, the couple is likely getting a hefty appearance fee."
Massabrook added that Jill, Jessa, Ben and Derrick appeared at a Christian music festival "just a month after Josh Duggar's molestation scandal."
"It seems there is still a demand for some of the family, even after the cancellation," Massabrook wrote.
Massabrook highlighted that the Duggar family still engages in "constant travel" and "recreational activities," which meant that they were not "pinching pennies" yet.
"Even when Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar don't take all of their children, they still take a very large group," Massabrook wrote. "They recently went to High Rise Extreme Sports in Arkansas where a one hour ticket costs $13. The family brought over 20 people, meaning they spent at least a couple hundred dollars on the recreational activity."
According to Massabrook, Jim Bob and Michelle also celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on July 21.
"To celebrate, Jim Bob had a ring made especially for his wife with the birthstones of all 19 of their children," Massabrook wrote. "Custom jewelry with 19 different stones isn't an expense that someone going broke would be able to afford."