Life after TLC's 'Counting On': Here are careers Duggar family can pursue after child porn scandal
The scandal surrounding Josh Duggar, who was charged with possession of child pornography, has truly set the Duggar family back.
While the parents maintain his innocence, the inevitable has finally happened. 'Counting On' been canceled by TLC. The tv show was the family's big source of income. However, it wasn't the only one. Here's a look at what the family of 19 and their spouses and children might do for a living now on.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
Parenting 19 kids is no easy feat and isn't very forgiving when it comes to one's wallet. However, Jim Bob Duggar is a reality star, politician, real estate investor and even owns several commercial properties. He is currently in the real estate business, seeing that he, along with his wife and two sons Joseph and Jeremiah, are all licensed real estate agents. While the show has been canceled, the Duggar men have been working for their father and will probably continue to do the same.
The Duggar children who are still teenagers and kids are James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie, plus the couple's great-nephew Tyler.
Apart from being a TV personality, Jana has also co-written a book with her sisters Jill, Jessa and Jinger called 'Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships'. The book focuses on the family and takes a look at their social relationships and religious beliefs.
Her Instagram bio mentions that she's a 'home remodeler, gardening enthusiast, amateur cook and coffee lover', implying that there are a few career paths she might take up. She also has her own YouTube channel and might look to grow her subscriber base, seeing that she already has 34.4K followers on the platform.
John and Abbie Duggar
The third oldest child, John and his wife Abbie, are parents to daughter Grace. Apart from being TV personalities, they both have independent careers. John has previously worked as a first responder. In 2014, he was sworn in as a constable of Washington County, Arkansas. He was re-elected back in 2018 and still serves under this title. He also previously ran Duggar Towing, which is no longer in business. He has a commercial pilot's license and is qualified to teach in the field.
On the other hand, Abbie studied at Pontotoc Technology Center and is a licensed nurse in Oklahoma. While Distracify mentioned that she had quit her job, it now seems like she might go back to doing what she loves.
Jessa and Ben Seewald
The fifth oldest child, Jessa Duggar, is married to Ben Seewald and the couple has three children together — Spurgeon, Henry and Ivy. The couple is expecting their fourth child.
Apart from having written a book 'Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships' with her sisters Jill, Jinger and Jana, and being a TV personality, Jessa also has her own YouTube channel that has 158K subscribes, making it an additional source of income.
She often posts videos about her family and might focus on growing her subscriber base even further. Her husband Ben graduated from National Park College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and has a degree in political science. He also attended the Moody Bible Institute and is an ordained pastor.
Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo
The sixth oldest child Jinger Duggar married Jeremy Vuolo and the couple has two daughters together, Felicity and Evangeline. Jinger has two books to her name, 'Growing Up Duggar' a book she co-wrote with her sisters and 'The Hope We Hold: Finding Peace with the Promises of God', a book she wrote with Jeremy. Apart from being TV personalities, the two of them also run a podcast called 'The Hope We Hold'.
Jeremy was a former Major League Soccer player, seeing that he played with PDL club Reading United, Finnish club AC Oulu and was a part of the New York Red Bulls and NASL club San Antonio Scorpions. In 2019, he joined The Master's Seminary in Los Angeles and is an ordained pastor. The couple also generates an additional income from Cameo.
The couple even opened up about how they felt regarding the show's cancelation. "We are grateful for TLC giving us the opportunity to be on their network over the years and their kindness towards the Vuolo family," the couple wrote in a statement shared via Instagram. "It's been a remarkable journey that has opened doors to traveling and experiencing the world in a way that we wouldn't have imagined possible. We wholeheartedly agree with TLC's decision not to renew Counting On and are excited for the next chapter in our lives. We'd like to thank our fans, friends and the amazing film crew who have shown us love and support. We look forward to continuing our creative journey in Los Angeles and seeing what the future holds." they added.
Joe and Kendra Duggar
The seventh out of the 19 Duggar kids, Joe and his wife Kendra have three children — Garrett, Addison and Brooklyn. Apart from being reality stars, Joe has a commercial driver's license and his realtor's license. He works for his father on the family's commercial properties.
As per Distractify, he was listed as the buyer's agent on a home owned by his late grandmother, Mary Duggar. The house sold for $428,000, implying that Joe's real estate career is on a roll. On the other hand, Kendra is a housewife but is known to have posted ads on Instagram, which help generate income.
Josiah and Lauren Duggar
The eighth Duggar sibling, Josiah, is married to Lauren and the two of them have a daughter Bella. Apart from being a reality TV star, it is unclear if Josiah has a steady job, seeing that multiple news outlets have reported that it's possible that he does not have one. Nicki Swift reported that he does have a registered company under the name Milagro Designs, LLC. it's listed as a design company but is yet to be functional. The couple's Instagram profile links to Medic Corps, where John Duggar works.
However, there is no known information about whether the couple works with Medic Corp or just supports the same. Changes are, Josiah will probably work under his father from here on out.
Joy and Austin Forsyth
The 9th Duggar child, Joy and her husband Austin Forsyth have two children together, Gideon and Evelyn. Joy is a reality TV star, as is Austin, but he also works in construction. He buys houses and flips them. However, as per public records, he does not have a contractor's license. He does have an EMT license and uses it to provide disaster relief services.
Anna Renee Duggar
Anne is married to Josh Duggar and the couple has six children together, Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith, Mason and Maryella. Anne is currently pregnant with their seventh child. The couple was previously running a used car lot under the name Duggar Automotive. In 2016, he was reported selling used cars as a part of his father's business.
Jedidiah and Katelyn Duggar
A former legislative assistant at the Arkansas State House of Representatives, Jedidiah might most likely follow his career in politics. In 2020 he ran for Arkansas State Senate as a Republican but lost to Democratic candidate Megan Godfrey. It's likely that he'll continue to pursue a career in politics.
Not much is known about Katelyn. However, Cheat Sheet reports that she has a Solo Flight certificate, making her a licensed pilot.
The 11th child in the Duggar family, Jeremiah is a licensed real estate agent and will probably help his father with their growing real estate business.
The 12th Duggar, Jason is a contractor and the owner of Build Master Construction, a construction company. By the looks of his social media, he intends on continuing and growing his business.