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‘Jill and Jessa: Counting On’ Updates & Rumors: ’19 Kids and Counting’ Spinoff Show Getting Cancelled?

( [email protected] ) Mar 31, 2016 12:22 PM EDT
Less than a year after "19 Kids and Counting" was taken off the air, it seems another show featuring the Duggars is about to get cancelled too. According to several reports, the spinoff show "Jill and Jessa: Counting On" is in danger of getting shut down due to the ongoing issues with advertisers.
Screenshot from promo video for ''Jill and Jessa: Counting On.'' YouTube/TLC

Less than a year after "19 Kids and Counting" was taken off the air, it seems another show featuring the Duggars is about to get cancelled too. According to several reports, the spinoff show "Jill and Jessa: Counting On" is in danger of getting shut down due to the ongoing issues with advertisers.

"19 Kids and Counting" was officially cancelled in May of last year after the controversies involving Josh Duggar emerged. But then, television network attempted to capitalize on the popularity of the family by releasing a three-part spinoff series called "Jill and Jessa: Counting On," Inquisitr reported.

With each episode of the spinoff attracting about two million viewers, the show was picked up for a full season. It first episode premiered on March 15.

However, it seems the Duggar's chance to reclaim their television popularity will be shot lived as various companies and advertisers are beginning to distance themselves from the show and the family.

Initially, after the airing of the first episode, about seven companies pulled out their advertisements from the show's timeslot. Now, the number of companies boycotting the show has ballooned to 15.

Some of these companies include Wrigley, Credit Karma, UPS Store, Cici's Pizza, Verizon Wireless and Pure Michigan, according to In Touch Weekly.

Representatives from these firms said in their respective statements said that they did not know that their advertisements will be aired during the same timeslot as "Jill and Jessa: Counting On." This is why they have decided to pull out their commercials because they do not want the public to associate their brands with the show and its cast members.

"Cici's prides itself on being a family-friendly restaurant," a spokesperson from the company said. "We recently made a large advertising buy on cable television that spanned several networks but did not target any particular program."

"When we learned one of our ads was placed adjacent to controversial programming, we took immediate action to stop it," the representative added.

Of course, losing advertisers is a big problem for any show and television network. Since these serve as their main sources of income, TLC could end up losing money if it continues to air episodes of the spinoff program.

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