Jessa Seewald says TLC special will follow her pregnancy, source calls Josh Duggar the elephant in the room
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/28/2015
Jessa Seewald is apparently really excited about returning to TLC for a special since her family's show 19 Kids & Counting was canceled.
Jessa, 22, is expecting a baby with her husband Ben Seewald and "looking forward" to the television event because it's going to document her pregnancy and preparations for the newborn due November 1, Entertainment Tonightreported.
"We're going to be doing some filming preparing to welcome this little one into our lives," the third-eldest Duggar daughter told ET over the weekend. "It's gonna be great."
Another special will reportedly focus on Jill Dillard, 24, and her husband Derick as they're raising a son Israel and completing mission work in Central America.
"We know that our audience is really excited about what's been going on with Jill and Jessa as they move into young adulthood," TLC executive Nancy Daniels told the Associated Press in a statement last week. "Now they're both at the precipice of big changes. With what was happening in their lives in the next few months, it felt like now is the time [for the specials], and we got going pretty quickly."
A source close to the Duggar family told ET that Josh Duggar has nothing to do with the specials -- as he won't be seen or even mentioned.
"It may be an elephant in the room if they don't mention it, but this [is] about Jessa and Jill," the source said.
The 19 Kids & Counting series was pulled off the air following reports Josh had molested five girls -- including Jessa and Jill -- when he was younger. After Josh confirmed such news, the network received backlash and was forced to cancel the hit show entirely in July.
Josh entered rehab in late August after he confessed to cheating on his wife Anna, with whom he has four children, and developing a secret pornography addiction. Josh's confession prompted a porn star to then come forward and talk about how she had engaged in "terrifying" and "traumatic" sex with the former reality TV star.
Although Jessa and Jill previously made statements about how they forgave Josh for his mistakes, Jessa appeared to recently turn her back on him by sharing a Facebook post written by her father-in-law Michael Seewald in which he called Josh a "hypocritical Christian."
"It is going to take a long time before we forgive," an insider told ET of how the family is dealing with the controversy. "We are all still hurt. Josh is still in rehab, nobody is warm and fuzzy to him yet. It still feels like he is a stranger."
Jessa and Jill recently made appearances in a TLC special entitled Breaking the Silence, which opened up a conversation about child sexual abuse.