Fans of the Duggar family have been asking for a while when eldest daughter Jill Duggar would be returning to reality television. Counting On, TLC's spin-off of the successful 19 Kids and Counting franchise starred Jill and her sister Jessa when it first premiered back in 2015, but Jill left the show after her husband Derick Dillard was fired for making transphobic comments about fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings on Twitter.
Dillard has also been making news lately seemingly throwing shade at his famous father-in-law Jim Bob Duggar by hinting that he and Jill didn't earn much from their time on Counting On, with the Duggar patriarch controlling all the finances. While fans still ask Jill repeatedly when they will see her and her children back on television, the former reality star recently confirmed that's not happening anytime soon.
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Back home with these kiddos and they’re back into trouble haha Sam emptied nearly a whole roll of toilet paper into the toilet because he wanted the “trumpet.” Love these little guys so much and embracing the crazy journey of motherhood because I know this sweet season doesn’t last forever! Also much easier to handle after getting a kid-free weekend with my hubby @derickdillard thanks to @cldilla Y’all are the best! 💞🙌🏻
Jill recently posted a screenshot of a text exchange between her and Derick explaining that their oldest son Israel heard the name "Duggars" while watching a show and excitedly ran to tell Jill all about it. "Haha This happened today," she wrote about Israel's reaction. "Idk if Israel remembers watching any episodes before today," she said of her family's long run on reality television. "Fun fact: Growing up in the Duggar family, we were given the rough cuts of the shows before they aired and were able to edit a little if need be, but since we didn’t have TV ourselves we would usually only watch it on tv when visiting a relative, friend or at a hotel with cable," she wrote.
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Haha ⬆️ This happened today...😄...idk if Israel remembers watching any episodes before today. Fun fact: Growing up in the Duggar family, we were given the rough cuts of the shows before they aired and were able to edit a little if need be, but since we didn’t have TV ourselves we would usually only watch it on tv when visiting a relative, friend or at a hotel with cable. 🤗
Since Jill was talking about her time on television one fan was quick to ask if the family was planning on returning to Counting On, which was when Jill broke the news that there would be no more reality television for their family, for now anyway. "We get asked that a lot...No plans to currently," Jill replied explaining, "It just all got to be too much for our little family, so we decided to step away from it all a couple years ago before the birth of our second child. Love our film crew though...great people."
Duggar cousin Amy King, who recently welcomed her first child also commented that she too decided to step away from the famous family's reality show. "I second this!!!" King wrote in response to her cousin. "The crew was so fun!!! But we stepped away too..its what was best for us as well!" Fans of the show will remember that Amy wasn't nearly as religious as her famous cousins and there were even rumors that at one point she wasn't allowed to speak to her extended family because she didn't allegedly share the same values.
Both Jill and Derick seem to be moving away from the strict lifestyle of the Duggar family with Derick currently attending law school and speaking openly about sending his children to college, something frowned upon in the Duggar family. Jill has also been posting sponsored links on her Instagram page, wearing pants and even sporting a nose ring. It certainly seems like all these changes and Derick's public criticism of his father in law has caused a rift in the family. For now, it seems that neither Derick nor Jill and her sons Israel and Samuel will be back on television any time soon.