'Counting On' canceled after 11 seasons: A look at TLC's most controversial families

From 'Sister Wives' to 'The Willis Family', here are a few other TLC shows that have dealt with their own share of scandals


                            'Counting On' canceled after 11 seasons: A look at TLC's most controversial families
Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Brown of 'Sister Wives' (Photo by Frederick M Brown/Getty Images)

While TLC has garnered a name for being a wholesome network whose reality shows are often centered around the themes of family, they have encountered their fair share of scandals.

With Josh Duggar's arrest for possession of child pornography, the network has canceled 'Counting On', after 11 successful seasons. But this isn't the first time a show has gotten the axe. While some others have survived the chopping block, here's a look at TLC shows that were rocked by shocking scandals

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'Jon & Kate Plus 8'

With the show airing back in 2007, fans were introduced to Kate and Jon Gosselin, the couple who had a set of twins and sextuplets, making them the parents of eight children in total. While their lives played out on screen, their marriage slowly began to fall apart.

After 10 years of marriage, Kate filed for divorce, seeing that Jon was allegedly having an affair with a third-grade school teacher named Deanna Hummel. In 2009, TLC  filed a breach of contract suit against Jon on the grounds that he had not fulfilled his obligations.

The show, which was then 'Kate Plus 8' resulted in Jon filing a countersuit on the basis that TLC violated Pennsylvania's child labor laws. Jon and the network reached a settlement. Unfortunately, the pair also got into a messy custody battle, with most of Jon's children being estranged from him. 'Kate Plus 8' was eventually canceled.



 

 



 

 

'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Shannon is probably one of the biggest stars to have come from the network, seeing that 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' was extremely popular. Between Honey Boo Boo's Boo's antics and 'Mama June' Shannon's parenting, the show appealed to audiences, even though some people loved to hate it.

While June's parenting was always under fire, things took a toll for the worse when she began dating Mark Anthony McDaniel, a registered sex offender. It later came to light that McDaniel had sexually assaulted June's oldest daughter, Anna. The show was canceled in 2014.

 



 

 

'Sister Wives'

Kody Brown of 'Sister Wives' has always maintained that he loves all his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. However, in 2015, fans saw the chaos unfold. Kody, who was then only legally married to his first wife, Meri, decided to get a divorce in order to marry his fourth wife, Robyn.

By then, Meri and Kody's relationship had been deteriorating. However, they were still together. Around that time, Meri began talking to a man named Sam Cooper, but was, unfortunately, being catfished by a scammer known as Jackie Overton. Overton went on to leak private photos and voicemails, which put further strain on her relationship with Kody.



 

 

 

'The Willis Family'

Back in 2015, TLC brought back to the stage the Willis Clan by giving them a show of their own, 'The Willis Family'. The family of 14 rose to popularity when they made it to the quarter-finals of Season 9 of 'America's Got Talent', seeing that they performed music together.

However, barely two seasons in and the show was canceled in 2016 when patriarch Toby Willis was arrested on four counts of child rape. Willis had been abusing his oldest daughter, Jessica. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. 



 

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