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‘Jill and Jessa: Counting On’ Update: Duggar Family Accused of Hiring Actors and Following Scripts in Spinoff Reality Show

( [email protected] ) Apr 07, 2016 09:57 AM EDT
A man claims he was asked by the production crew of "Jill and Jessa: Counting On" to play a role on the set of the reality TV show. This led to reports suggesting that the events featured on the "19 Kids and Counting" spinoff are actually scripted.
Screenshot from promo video for ''Jill and Jessa: Counting On.'' YouTube/TLC

A man claims he was asked by the production crew of "Jill and Jessa: Counting On" to play a role on the set of the reality TV show. This led to reports suggesting that the events featured on the "19 Kids and Counting" spinoff are actually scripted.

According to Radar Online, the man, who goes by the name Eric, was asked to play a character who's interested in purchasing a car from the Duggars. In a particular episode, Eric was portrayed as a stranger who test drove one of the renovated cars being sold by Jinger Duggar and her brothers.

Eric made the revelation after a friend of his posted a screenshot from the episode on his Facebook account. His friends instantly recognized which prompted him to comment and explain his participation on the show.

"A friend of mine works on the crew and invited me to play the role of 'guy who wants to buy car,'" he posted in the comments section. "The Duggars live and their show is filmed in this area of Arkansas."

The fact that the production team hires ordinary people to play roles in the show strongly suggest that not all of the sequences shown are real. This could also mean that the Duggars may have only just been following a script.

As noted by Enstarz, this is not the first time that members of the Duggar clan have been accused of faking their actions for the sake of television popularity.

Back in 2015, the Duggar family filmed themselves as they handed out donations to the less fortunate. However, after the crew stopped filming and turned off their cameras, eyewitness said that one of the male members of the family took back of the donations, which was a box filled with food, and placed it inside his car.

The Duggars, however, has not yet issued a statement regarding the allegations of using scripts or the incident that witnesses saw last year. But, through Eric's revelation, it seems some scenes of "Jill and Jessa: Counting on, and probably "19 Kids and Counting" too, do not reflect the real-life day-to-day activities of the Duggars.

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