It's been two years since Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard last appeared on the TLC show Counting On. Even though the couple was initially the focus of the 19 Kids and Counting spin-off, Derick's controversial comments got him fired. TLC was pretty clear about why Dillard was fired (Jill left the show in solidarity with her husband.) But now he's trying to say he wasn't fired, and that he left because of a "bogus contract."
In a now deleted Tweet from earlier this month, Dillard told a fan that he had "quit" the show because of the network. He claims “TLC wouldn’t release us from a bogus contract that we weren’t even aware of.” He continued, alleging that TLC interfered with the couple's missionary work and so they quit. According to Dillard, he was never fired. “For the record, I was never fired. I just felt it best for my family to cut ties months ago, as we are heading in a different direction,” he said at the time.
Don’t compromise your values for your voice.— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) December 4, 2017
That may be the way he sees things, but it's pretty safe to say TLC made the decision to not have him on the show anymore. And they have a pretty good reason as well. We all know that the Duggar family are staunchly Christian, their daughters can't even wear pants at home. Of course the partners chosen by Jim Bob Duggar for his daughters are also going to be quite Christian as well. Derick Dillard took to social media to blast Jazz Jennings, star of the TLC show I Am Jazz.
Jennings is transgender, transitioning at a young age. Dillard's transphobic comments included calling the show an "oxymoron" and saying “transgender is a myth. Gender is not fluid. It’s ordained by God.” He even went so far as to accuse Jennings' parents of child abuse for allowing Jazz to transition at a young age. Very quickly after Dillard's comments, TLC released a statement assuring people that they hadn't worked with him in months with no further plans to. He's made other homophobic comments about TLC stars Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent in 2018, long after being fired.
'Counting On' star Derick Dillard is being slammed for calling designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's family a "travesty" in a homophobic tweet— we discuss. https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/EuGZPHg6rO— The View (@TheView) May 4, 2018
So it's weird that he would suddenly bring up this claim about a "bogus contract." The fan interacting with him made a good point. Jim Bob Duggar would have been the one to broker the deal, so if the couple had concerns, that's who they should have gone to.