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TLC cancels 'Counting On' after Josh Duggar's April arrest on charges of possession of child pornography

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The latest Duggar family group photo used in promotion for TLC's "Counting On." TLC
  • TLC has canceled the Duggar family spinoff "Counting On" following Josh Duggar's arrest on charges of child pornography.

  • The network canceled "19 Kids and Counting" in 2015 after allegations that Josh had molested some of his sisters.

  • "TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately," the network told PEOPLE.

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After 11 seasons on the air, TLC has officially canceled the Duggar family spinoff, "Counting On," two months after reality-television star Josh Duggar was arrested on charges of possessing child sex abuse images.

In statements issued to PEOPLE and Us Weekly, the network confirmed plans to part ways with the Duggar family, who have been a staple on the channel since the now-canceled "19 Kids and Counting" premiered in 2008.

"TLC will not be producing additional seasons of 'Counting On,'" the statement said. "TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately."

TLC did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

The news comes hours after a federal judge on Tuesday ordered Duggar's child pornography trial postponed until late November, after agreeing that his attorneys needed several extra months to prepare.

Duggar was arrested in April and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors believe Duggar had more than 200 images on his computer and said he could face 20 years in prison as well as fines of up to $250,000 if he is convicted.

Duggar's ongoing legal troubles are the most serious in a long line of public scandals that have plagued the eldest Duggar child since 2015. That year, InTouch alleged in a report that Duggar had molested five underage girls as a teenager, including two of his sisters.

In July 2015, on the heels of the bombshell report, TLC canceled "19 Kids and Counting" after nine seasons on the air. Months later, Duggar was embroiled in another scandal when reports alleged Duggar had active accounts on Ashley Madison, a website meant to help people cheat on their spouses.

Duggar admitted to both allegations in 2015, making public apologies to his family and wife, and saying he had a pornography addiction.

The spinoff, "Counting On," premiered in 2015 amid the controversy and focused on the older Duggar children and their lives as adults.

When Duggar was arrested in April for child pornography, TLC commented on the situation, saying, the network was "saddened to learn about the continued troubles involving Josh Duggar."

"'19 Kids and Counting' has not aired since 2015. TLC canceled the show on the heels of prior allegations against Josh Duggar and he has not appeared on-air since then," the statement said.

While Duggar awaits his November trial, he is forbidden from seeing any minor children except for his own six kids.

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