Really, it was inevitable. Shortly after the Duggar family became engulfed in a molestation scandal mid-May, TLC pulled all airings of the family's reality show, "19 Kids and Counting," indefinitely. On July 16, though, it became definite: the network pulled the show for good. The cancellation is not all that surprising, considering the amount of public pressure to do so, as well as the sheer number of companies who have publicly stated that they no longer want to be affiliated with the reality show.
"With God's grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward," the family said in a statement after TLC's decision. "We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become. It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well."
Let's take a look back at the recent timeline of what inevitably lead to this moment.
May 19, 2015: In Touch Magazine releases a report alleging that Josh Duggar was named an "alleged offender" in a sex probe in 2005. The family remains mum.
May 20, 2015: A heavily-redacted police report indicates that that may have been as many as five victims involved in the sex probe, including several of Josh's sisters. Within the 33-page police report is a story that references the family's 2006 appearance on "Oprah." Before the show, someone sent an email to Harpo, the show's production company, warning that Josh had molested girls. Harpo forwarded the email to a hotline, which triggered a police investigation.
That same day, as pressure is mounting, Josh admits to molesting several girls as a teenager. "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," Josh said in a statement. "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." Josh also resigned from his job as Executive Director of the Family Research Council.
May 22, 2015: In light of the scandal, TLC pulls all airings of the Duggar's reality show, "19 Kids and Counting," indefinitely -- the move, though, comes just a day after the network came under fire for airing a Duggar marathon.
May 24, 2015: An incest joke Josh made in 2008 resurfaces, adding fuel to the fire.
May 29, 2015: A list of advertisers who have pulled ads from the show is released. The number of companies distancing themselves from the show is overwhelming.
June 3, 2015: A new report is released indicating that Josh's parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar "covered up" Josh's molestations for over 16 months.
Meanwhile, the Jim Bob and Michelle open up to Fox News in a lengthy interview where they praise the man their son has become, saying the media has victimized him more than he victimized any of his victims.
June 5, 2015: In the second part of the interview on Fox News, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, two of Josh's sisters and two of this victims, say they have forgiven their brother. "We are not a perfect family," Jill says.
June 9, 2015: Moving trucks are spotted at Josh's Maryland home, as he moves back to Arkansas.
June 10, 2015: A new report is released stating that the family is under investigation by the Department of Human Services, supposedly involving the welfare of a child. 911 is called after the family refuses to cooperate.
July 1, 2015: It's reported that one of Josh's non-family victims is set to file a civil suit against Josh.
July 19, 2015: TLC cancels "19 Kids and Counting."
August 19, 2015: Josh Duggar's name appears as one of the users on Ashley Madison
August 20, 2015: Josh released a statement admitting his addiction to porn and cheating on his wife. "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever," his statement read. "While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife."