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TLC officially cancels “19 Kids and Counting”

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A photo of the Duggars from TLC's reality show "19 Kids and Counting." Credit: From TLC via CNN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Fans of a popular reality series will have to say goodbye to “19 Kids and Counting.”

TLC announced on Thursday that it has officially canceled the reality show, nearly two months after one of the kids was accused of molesting children, including some of his sisters.

Josh Duggar subsequently issued an apology, which read in part, “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.”

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said in a Facebook post that they “were shocked” when Josh confessed to them about his wrongdoing.

TLC initially pulled the past episodes of “19 Kids and Counting” from its schedule, but kept open the possibility that the show would resume someday.

Now it’s saying production of the series will not resume, despite its longtime popularity.

“TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with ’19 Kids and Counting,'” the channel said in a statement. “The show will no longer appear on the air.”

However, a spokesman for Discovery Communications, which owns TLC, said the channel is not ruling out a spin-off show featuring some of the Duggar children in the future.

According to CNNMoney, Discovery will produce and air a one-hour special on child molestation.

“We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many,” the Duggar family said.

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