'19 Kids and Counting' pulled from TLC, Hulu following Josh Duggar molestation scandal

NEW YORK -- 19 Kids and Counting has been pulled from TLC and Hulu after reports surfaced that Josh Duggar had molested girls as a teenager.

"Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time," TLC said in a statement.

Hulu has also removed 19 Kids and Counting from its website, according to TMZ.

PHOTOS: Duggar family over the years

Duggar has recently resigned from the The Family Research Council in the wake of the reality TV star's apology after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager.

Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Christian lobbying group, said in a statement Thursday that Duggar resigned because of information becoming public that he believed would "make it difficult for him to be effective." As executive director of FRC Action, he served as a public face of the organization.

Hours after the resignation, Duggar posted the following statement on Facebook.

    "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. 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. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."

According to ABC News, the apology is in response to a 2006 police report first obtained by In Touch magazine. When Duggar was 14-years-old, he was accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen, People Magazine reports.

Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, issued the following statement on Facebook.

    "Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. 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 ... We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day."
    Josh's wife Anna, 26, also issued a statement saying she knew about Josh's actions before they were married. She said she's been surprised by her husband's "openness and humility" in admitting this.

Josh Duggar, 27, appears on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting. He is the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children.

Neither the Family Research Council nor Duggar could be reached for further comment. TLC had no comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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