Major Advertisers Start Pulling Out from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting
Things just got worse for 19 Kids and Counting, major companies have started removing the show from their advertising schedules following Josh’s Duggar’s molestation admission. General Mills blacklisted the show shortly after TLC removed the show from its lineup last Friday, and on Tuesday, Choice Hotels and Payless ShoeSource tweeted their decisions to cut ties as well.
@moaevil Thank you for reaching out. We share your concerns and we have decided to remove our advertising from the show.
— Choice Hotels (@ChoiceHotels) May 26, 2015
@SweetBabbyJesus Our ads ran during this show as part of a larger buy w/ TLC. We are taking steps to have them removed from future episodes.
— Payless ShoeSource (@PaylessInsider) May 26, 2015
Although TLC has pulled the show, it does not effectively mean that the show has been cancelled yet. Other large companies like Keurig and Walgreens have not yet committed to the status of their future advertising plans with the network. When asked about their continuing ads on Facebook, Walgreens responded:
Josh Duggar sparked a firestorm of controversy on May 21 when he resigned from the Family Research Council after publicly admitting to molesting five underaged girls, including some of his sisters. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” he said.
[h/t Hollywood Reporter]
[Image via TLC]
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