It’s been just over two years since the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five young women – four of whom were his sisters – and managed to avoid prosecution for his crimes with the help of his parents.
In most cases, that’s not the sort of scandal that celebrities are able to overcome.
The Duggars enjoy the support of an unusually devoted fan base, of course, so to the chagrin of many, they’ve engineered a comeback of sorts.
Soon after Josh’s molestation and infidelity were exposed, TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting, though it was soon reborn as Counting On.
Unfortunately for the Duggar family, even reality TV’s most cultish, Kool-Aid drinking viewers draw the line somewhere.
That line appears to be all things Josh.
Yes, per the terms of the family’s unofficial contract with fans, Josh Duggar is not welcome on Counting On.
In fact, the family is so concerned with not reminding fans about Josh’s heinous misdeeds that he’s been edited out of footage that was later used on the show after accidentally wandering into a shot.
But while the Duggars seem to be doing their best to distance themselves from Josh in public, they still interact with him regularly off camera.
Family events, of course, present a unique challenge.
Josh and wife Anna are invited to birthday parties, weddings, and the like, but must do their best to keep a safe distance between themselves and the camera crews that are invariably on hand.
But while Josh will likely never appear on Counting On, his family seems to have relaxed their attitude toward the disgraced 29-year-old appearing and speaking in public forums.
You can see video of Josh and Anna at Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell’s wedding, which took place over the weekend.
The young couple got hitched after a three-month engagement, and as you can see, Josh and Anna offered their congrats via video.
Not surprisingly, fan reactions to the rare Josh appearance – or continued existence in general, really – were decidedly mixed.
Some praised the former lobbyist for showing his face on his brother’s big day, knowing he remains a target for the most scathing sort of criticism.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Gossip – Tyler Johnson