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'19 Kids and Counting' Cancellation Costs $19 Million

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    Discovery network lost a whole lot more than the Duggar family when it canceled TLC's hit show, "19 Kids and Counting."

    In fact, the company lost $19 million, according to Chief Financial Officer Andrew Warren, according to The Wrap. Warren revealed on a post-earnings conference call that "impairment charges of canceling TLC's "19 Kids and Counting'" was the main reason for the big loss. TLC canceled the hit show only a few months after a molestation scandal surrounding Josh Duggar came to light.

    "After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with '19 Kids and Counting,'" TLC said in a statement. "The show will no longer appear on the air. The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection."

    TLC first pulled episodes from its rotation in May.

    Josh was accused of sexual molesting two of his sisters, Jessa Duggar and Jill Duggar. Both told their story in a sit-down interview with Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File." Although they said what he did was "wrong," they said media exaggerated the accusations against their brother.

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    "Well, I think in the case of what Josh did, it was very wrong," Jessa said. "I'm not going to justify anything that he did or say it was ok, not permissible, but I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying. I'm like that is so overboard and a lie really, I mean people get mad at me for saying that but I can say this because I was one of the victims. So I can speak out and I can say this and set the record straight here. Like in Josh's case, he was a boy, a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls. And that got him into to some trouble. And he made some bad choices, but really the extent of it was mild, inappropriate touching, on fully clothed victims, most of it while girls were sleeping."

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    Jill also added that neither she nor Jessa really understood what was happening at the time. But after he came forward and confessed, both sisters forgave him.

    "My dad explained to us, he said, 'You know there's a difference between forgiveness and trust. That's not the same thing.' You know, you forgive someone and then you have boundaries. Forgiveness with boundaries," Jill added. "And so trust comes later. You know Josh destroyed that trust at the beginning. And so he had to rebuild that."

    Upon the show's cancellation, the Duggars also released a lengthy statement.

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