Mom and dad are speaking out once more. Josh Duggar’s parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, have scheduled an exclusive sit-down interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, the network confirmed on Saturday, May 30. The 19 Kids and Counting stars will discuss their son’s molestation scandal on The Kelly File, which will air on Wednesday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET.
According to a press release, an additional portion of the interview will also be filmed from their Springdale, Arkansas home, and will air during a one-hour Kelly File special on Friday, June 5.
All eyes have been on the reality family since Josh Duggar, the eldest of the couple’s children, responded to past child molestation allegations on May 21. At the time, TMZ reported that the 27-year-old father of three sexually molested five girls, some allegedly his sisters, back in 2002.
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“I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling,” Josh said in a statement. “I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
Michelle and Jim Bob added at the time: “When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.”
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Josh’s pregnant wife, Anna Duggar, has stuck by his side through the controversy. Amid the news, Josh also quit his job at the Family Research Council and 19 Kids and Counting has lost several advertisers. TLC, meanwhile, pulled the show from air and is brainstorming a new spinoff with Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard, and Jessa Duggar and her husband Ben Seewald.
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