Advertisers Cut Ties With ’19 Kids and Counting’


Advertisers are decamping from 19 Kids and Counting days after star Josh Duggar admitted to molesting several underage girls 12 years ago, including his sisters.

Choice Hotels International disclosed Tuesday morning that it has decided to pull advertising from all future episodes of the reality show. Payless ShoeSource also revealed Tuesday that it is in the process of removing its ads from the program.

@moaevil Thank you for reaching out. We share your concerns and we have decided to remove our advertising from the show.
— Choice Hotels (@ChoiceHotels) May 26, 2015

@SweetBabbyJesus Our ads ran during this show as part of a larger buy w/ TLC. We are taking steps to have them removed from future episodes.
— Payless ShoeSource (@PaylessInsider) May 26, 2015

A General Mills spokesperson confirmed that the company has removed 19 Kids and Counting from its current advertising schedule. As of Tuesday morning, Walgreens said they planned to “monitor the situation,” according to it’s official Facebook page. However, a spokesperson for the chain said late Tuesday that “in the wake of recent news, we are no longer advertising on the 19 Kids and Counting program.”

TLC announced Friday that the network was yanking the long-running reality show from its schedule. “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,” the network said in a statement. TLC has not commented further on the situation.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Kate Stanhope

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