Mama June Shannon is not the type to take things lying down. As TLC continues to mull the future of 19 Kids and Counting amid Josh Duggar‘s molestation scandal, the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch is making her feelings about the situation very, very clear, first by threatening to sue if the network doesn’t cancel the Duggars’ show, and now by speaking out in an interview with Extra.
Shannon’s TLC reality show was canceled last October following reports that she was dating a convicted child molester who allegedly abused her daughter Anna Cardwell. (The mom of four has denied having a romance with the man in question.)
“I didn’t even do anything. It was just speculation over, like, rumors. I never dated the guy, I never touched my kid — I think that’s disgusting,” Shannon told Extra in an interview published Tuesday, May 26. “And our show was canceled immediately…It wasn’t no break with us. It was like, seven hours after the news broke, canceled!”
Conversely, the Duggars’ reality show has yet to be officially axed, though it was pulled from the schedule on May 22. “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air,” the network said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”
Shannon, for one, thinks TLC is going too easy on the famously large brood. “I’m not mad because they canceled our show — that’s not what I’m mad about,” she insisted. “But I believe it’s a double standard, that they’re gonna cancel our show because of rumors and stuff, but they’re not gonna cancel their show. And he did a whole lot more horrendous stuff than I would’ve ever thought about with my children. That’s just crazy.”
She went on to say that while she’d heard “some great things” about the Duggars from her family’s bodyguards — who also worked for the 19 Kids and Counting clan for a time — she didn’t think they deserved to stay on the air.
“In the long run, I look at it this way,” she told Extra. “If you’re gonna take away one family’s income ’cause of speculation and rumors, and I didn’t even touch or molest anybody…and you’re gonna blackball me and take away from my children’s future, but you’re not gonna take away from their family? Come on, now, get your priorities straight.”
The Duggars, for their part, are standing by 27-year-old Josh in the wake of the scandal. In a statement posted to the family’s website, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said that their son’s “very bad mistakes” caused them to draw closer to God.
“We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday,” the statement read. “It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us — even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey — the good times and the difficult times — cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.”
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