Cutting ties. Hulu ended its relationship with 19 Kids and Counting this week amid news of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal, pulling the TLC show from its streaming service after previously hosting episodes, clips, and specials.
Hulu.com was still featuring the show as recently as Wednesday, May 27, according to Google's cached version of the webpage. As of Thursday morning, however, when a user attempts to visit www.hulu.com/19-kids-and-counting, they are greeted by a 404 error page that reads, "The page you were looking for doesn't exist… Sorry – we couldn't find the page you were looking for. You may have mistyped the address or the page may have moved."
A search of 19 Kids and Counting on Hulu still produces externally hosted clips and episodes that link to TLC's website. Said links are a mixed bag, however, as many of the videos no longer exist in their original form on TLC.com and produce error messages.
Certain clips, like an interview with Jessa and Ben Seewald, and a shot of Jill Dillard talking about hubby Derick Dillard's proposal, still exist, while others — many that include Josh — now show a 404 page reading, "Sorry, this page does not exist." One such pulled video is an episode from the seventh season of 19 Kids and Counting — 2013's "An Emotional Goodbye." The installment specifically focuses on Josh and his wife Anna, who are moving away from the family in the episode.
Once TLC's banner show, 19 Kids and Counting has taken hit after hit in the days since news broke that Josh, the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's children, once allegedly molested five girls.
After the father of three released a statement reading, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," TLC took reruns of the show off the air, advertisers pulled their support, and former fans of the series and public figures turned on the Duggars.
Hulu has been quiet on social media in regards to the company's decision to pull 19 Kids and Counting. Instead, the streaming service continues to tweet Seinfeld quotes, clips from Bravo shows, and Jon Stewart highlights. For TLC's part, the network has not written an original tweet in the week since it posted an official statement on the Duggars, reading, "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. 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."
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