The Duggar family celebrates son James' 20th birthday but disgraced Josh NOT invited after child pornography arrest07/08/2021
THE DUGGAR'S celebrated their son James' 20th birthday with a fun boat day but did not extend the invitation to disgraced Josh and his wife Anna.
The Counting On stars have been locked in a contract with TLC despite their show getting canceled after Josh's arrest.
James celebrated his 20th birthday with the entire family on Wednesday, minus Josh and his wife Anna.
The official Duggar Instagram page shared a photo with the crew aboard a pontoon boat for a fun day in the sun.
The family hung a sign that read: "Happy birthday" and various decorations to make the occasion festive, and even his older sister Jana joined in on the celebrations.
However, Josh and his portion of the family were not pictured, as they seemed to be left out of the party invitations.
In late June, TLC pulled the plug on the Duggar's show after six years running.
Their decision ensued after the 33-year-old was charged with two counts of possessing and receiving child pornography.
However, The Sun revealed on Thursday that they will be locked in their contracts for months to come.
"Now TLC has axed the show, most of the family are desperate to get out of the contracts, they think it's unfair they can't move on yet and sign any other deals," the insider claimed.
"They will be doing everything they can to get out of them and be looking at future projects either on TV or with brands.
"The contracts also mean the family can't speak too much about the show, it being canceled, or how Josh's arrest has affected the family, they have to be very careful," they explained.
"Jim Bob is happy about that part of the deal as he likes to have control over what it said about the family's TV career, and usually chooses to stay silent on matters."
The Sun previously revealed that the family will be losing out on around $850k a year with the end of their TV show, but still have not heard back from either TLC or the Duggar's family rep with a comment.
Jim Bob and Michelle did however release a public statement which was later confirmed by TLC.
"Since we began filming so long ago, we’ve had the amazing honor to share our lives, our faith, and our story with you — including some of the most difficult and painful moments our family has ever faced.
"We are full of deep gratitude for the love shown to us and the prayers of so many who have sustained us both now and through the years."
Several of the couple's 19 children have spoken out about the show ending as well, including Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo.
"We wholeheartedly agree with TLC’s decision not to renew ‘Counting On’ and are excited for the next chapter in our lives.
"We'd like to thank our fans, friends, and the amazing film crew who have shown us love and support," the couple penned.
"We are grateful for TLC giving us the opportunity to be on their network over the years and their kindness towards the Vuolo family.
"It's been a remarkable journey that has opened doors to traveling and experiencing the world in a way that we wouldn’t have imagined possible," they wrote.
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