In the last year, Derick Dillard has been vocal about the problems he has with the Duggar family. Some of his claims about the family have been controversial, leaving viewers of “19 Kids and Counting” and “Counting On” wondering what is really happening behind the scenes.
First, Dillard pointed out that he and his wife, Jill, have never been compensated for appearing on TLC. He believed that the entire family was volunteering to film without pay. In fact, he says that the show was presented to the children as a way to minister to the rest of the world. The truth? Jim Bob is cashing the checks.
On social media and in a few interviews online, Dillard has claimed that Jim Bob is the only one who negotiates contracts with TLC. He never talked about these negotiations with the adult children who appear on “Counting On.”
This is a major sticking point because “Counting On” began after “19 Kids and Counting” was taken off the air due to the scandals associated with Joshua Duggar, the oldest son of the family. Nothing actually changed except for the title of the show, according to Dillard.
After Dillard spoke out about the family patriarch, Jim Bob allegedly banned him and Jill from visiting the family property without explicit permission. When Jessa Seewald, Jill’s sister, was in labor at the family home, Jill had to call and ask for permission to come over to help her when Jim Bob was out of town. She had to wait to help her sister through labor until everything was cleared.
In fact, the situation with boundaries has become so tense that Dillard says he and Jill have been seeing a licensed counselor for some guidance moveing forward.
Dillard also says that he and Jill were not allowed to make their own announcements. They couldn’t announce their engagement, marriage, or pregnancies how they wanted to. He has said that he wishes he had simply announced things the way they wanted and risked getting in trouble.
Dillard even claimed that Jill was also forced to continue filming even when she did not want to. This implies she was forced to go on television and speak about being a victim of abuse against her will.
Dillard has also suggested that the Duggar family rules are too strict. He has spoken out about the conservative views, like wearing pants. He has said, “I don’t think it’s wrong for girls to wear pants, get piercings, or have short hair.” He also says that he will encourage his children, boys and girls, to pursue their passions (including college).
Dillard has also spoken out about the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP), which is a religious organization the family follows. He even says that it’s not sinful to indulge in an alcoholic beverage. This is a significant departure from Duggar values.