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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Are the Duggars really losing $25 million a year?

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The Duggars are panicking over how they will earn money after TLC cancelled their show "19 Kids and Counting," amid the Josh Duggar sex abuse scandal.

According to OK! Magazine, the massive family is losing $25 million a year due to the defunct TV show.

Now since they are off the air, they are hoping to continue their fame as YouTube sensations. On their YouTube channel, Duggar Studios, they are asking for donations.

"Help Duggar Studios make more fresh quality content. Every contribution is helpful, big or small," they wrote.

The "fresh quality content" they are referring to are videos of the kids playing basketball and losing wisdom teeth. Not exactly quality content, and it doesn't require that much of a budget.

Also, the last video was uploaded about two months ago.

However, perhaps now they are hoping to make more videos since they lost their major platform for spouting their religious views.

This is not the first time the Duggars asked for money since Josh's sex abuse scandal broke out.  According to Radar Online, Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard recently faced some scrutiny for asking people to fund their mission trip, but refused to tell anyone where they were going.

It is highly doubtful that the Duggars will ever rise to the same level of fame they had before the revelation of Josh's inexcusable behavior. The family has been trying to bounce back from the scandal for a couple of months now, but are not making much progress.

The family, mainly Jill and Jessa Duggar, will make one appearance on TLC next month. TLC is planning to air an hour-long documentary on child abuse, in light of the 2006 police report that accused Josh Duggar of molesting five underage girls, including his sisters, as a teenager.

I think $25 million is an exaggeration, but I do think their income has taken a huge it.  They reportedly made $25000-$45000 per episode during the series run.  With 227 episodes they made as much as over $10,000,000 divided by 7 years you are looking at over $1.4 million/year.  Then add in the book royalties, speeches, guest appearances, and Jim Bob's real estate investments and side businesses, you are looking at 2-3 million/yearly.  I doubt Jim Bob's real estate ventures are going to feed and clothe 18 people.

Josh was fired from FRC over the scandal so he has no income but supposedly starting a credit/debit card processing business along with Jim Bob.

Jill and Derick are in El Salvador and are grifting expecting fans to subsidize them while on their "mission".

As for Jessa and Ben Ben's income is dependent on Jimb Bob so he is screwed.

Couldn't have happened to a better family.


  1. LevidumpedthepalinsAugust 2, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    227 episodes? The TLC was starving for content. And none of the Palin shows survived in this bush league market? Wow. The ratings for all the Palin reality shows must have been really bad.

    The Palins were at the height of their popularity when the Johnstons were around. Sarah was attacking a teenage Levi during the Rogue tour. Bristol was appearing on tabloid covers with Levi. All the attention went away with Levi.

    The Palin reality shows died because they lacked eye candy. Levi and Mercede refused to appear on their shows. That Russian sex industry worker is no Mercede and Bristol's dead career is proof. The Palins are nothing without Levi and Mercede propping them up.

  2. They should've thought about having saving money instead of breeding multiple kids.

  3. YouTube won't save them. "19 Kids" was on TV which is far more passive involvement, with audiences more likely to wait out a boring stretch here and there. YouTube is the Grand Central Station of Short Attention Span, dullness swept away in a mouse click. Maybe their 'good friends' Huckabee and Santorum will give a few of them jobs on their respective campaign teams. You think?

  4. From what I read- and I don't have a link, sorry- it's an "estimated $25 million contract." Meaning, if the contract was fulfilled, shows recorded, publicity done, articles ghosted and signed- they would have earned $25 million over its course.
    So now, unless they've saved and invested- which I don't really think they're smart enough to do- they're up the proverbial creek, and it couldn't have happened to a more deserving bunch!

  5. I read a couple of days ago that they removed the donate button from their youtube channel because it enabled people to donate a few cents and leave a comment, so naturally the comments were colorful...

  6. In reality the wingnut grifter market is always solid, their target audience hates education.

    Like the Palins, none of the Duggars will ever have to do an honest day's work as long as they live. And like the Palins they're more than happy to live off of the sweat of other peoples' brows, i.e. the taxpayers keeping their uneducated target audience alive.


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