19 Kids and Counting Loses 8 More Advertisers, Including David’s Bridal, Pure Leaf, ConAgra, and Others

Payless Shoes and Choice Hotels have pulled their ads from 19 Kids
Walgreens, Payless, General Mills and Choice Hotels have all pulled their ads from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting after allegations of child molestation against Josh Duggar surfaced last week. Courtesy of Discovery Communications

UPDATE: Eight more companies have pulled their ads from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting on Wednesday, May 27. David's Bridal, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Ace Hardware, ConAgra, Party City, Crayola, and Behr all made their announcements on social media.

"We share your concerns and it is our understanding that TLC has pulled the show from their lineup," David's Bridal wrote on its Facebook page. "Should TLC reinstate the show, we will take steps to have our ads removed from future episodes."

According to TMZ, Jimm Dean has also pulled its ads from the popular reality series.

ORIGINAL STORY: It’s four advertisers and counting. On Tuesday, May 26, Walgreens, Payless ShoeSource, and Choice Hotels all said on social media that they would be removing their ads from TLC’s popular 19 Kids and Counting reality series after allegations that star Josh Duggar molested five minors when he was 14 surfaced on Thursday.

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"In the wake of recent news, we are no longer advertising on the '19 Kids and Counting' program," Walgreen's wrote on its official Facebook account in response to followers' comments.

On Friday, a General Mills spokesperson confirmed that the company had removed the show from its advertising schedule, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Duggar, 27, addressed the allegations on his and wife Anna’s Facebook page on Thursday.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” he wrote. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.”

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Since the news broke, the Kansas police have destroyed all copies of the investigation. A spokesperson for the Springdale Police Department confirmed to Us Weekly that a local circuit judge approved having the 2006 offense report expunged.

Duggar has since resigned from his position at the Family Research Council, and has canceled a scheduled appearance to speak at a home-schooling convention in Sandusky, Ohio.

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So far, his family is standing behind him. Wife Anna, 26, and parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have penned messages of support posted on the family’s Facebook page. Younger sister Jessa’s father-in-law, Michael Seewald, also wrote a lengthy letter of encouragement for Josh and the rest of the Duggar family.

TLC has pulled future airings of the popular reality series, but has not canceled the show.

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