General Mills, Pure Life Iced Tea, ConAgra, and More Pull Advertising From '19 Kids and Counting’
Following a sexual abuse scandal, the Duggars’ days may be numbered. '19 Kids and Counting,’ the extremely popular TLC show following the lives of the fervently religious, conservative, and large family, was immediately yanked from the network’s current airing schedule after Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the bizarrely zealous clan, admitted to sexual molestation. Duggar stated that he sexually abused multiple girls when he was a teenager, including four of his sisters. However, TLC has not made any plans to completely cancel the show. In response, major advertisers, including well-known food brands like General Mills, Pure Life Iced Tea, and ConAgra, have pulled all future advertising with the show.
@fraudrieux Thank you for contacting us to share your concerns. Please know that we will no longer be advertising on 19 Kids and Counting.
— Pure Leaf Iced Tea (@PureLeaf) May 27, 2015
Jimmy Dean also confirmed by responding to customer concerns on social media, stating, “we will no longer be advertising on ’19 Kids and Counting.’” General Mills began the advertiser mass exodus by pulling out on Friday, a spokesperson said.
@Helli1323: Hi - Based on recent events, we will be removing the show “19 Kids and Counting” from our advertising schedule until further
— ConAgra Foods (@ConAgraFoods) May 27, 2015
Although TLC has said that they are “deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation,” according to People.com, rumors abound that there may actually be a Duggar spin-off in the works, focusing on Jill and Jessa, two of the older daughters.