New statements by Derick Dillard shed further light on his relationship with the Duggar family and his time on “Counting On.” Dillard and his wife, Jill Duggar, no longer appear on the reality show and also seemingly have family drama with patriarch Jim Bob Duggar.
The 31-year-old law student was asked to leave the TLC reality show after he made negative statements about a fellow TLC star, Jazz Jennings. “Counting On’s” new season premiere aired on July 7, which led Dillard to post on Instagram about how he and Jill were treated when they initially tried to quit the show.
Dillard first appeared on “19 Kids and Counting” before appearing on “Counting On.” He was shown entering a courtship with Jill when he lived in Nepal. He and Jill left the show in 2017, but not before he and his wife were “humiliated and threatened.”
Dillard commented on a TLC Instagram post sharing his feelings about the new season. The student also alleges that the show does not reflect “anything close to reality.” He says that the show is “not accurate at all.” Many people were excited when he mentioned livestreaming himself watching the episodes so he could critique what was happening on screen.
Dillard also claimed that Jill was not invited to a family Zoom night because it was going to be filmed for the show, marking just one of several instances in which Jill has seemingly been left out of family events.
While Dillard’s comments are now difficult to find, screenshots on the r/DuggarSnark subreddit are still available and shed light on the situation.
Dillard also alluded to revealing more details about the situation in the future. If rumors are correct, Dillard may be writing a tell-all book about the family and its corruption.
In another comment, Dillard says that the show is “still under [Jim Bob’s] control” and that is why he still appears on “Counting On” in spite of promises that the show would focus on the younger generations. Dillard also wrote that more children got married, so they were able to step away from the show. While the real issues pertaining to why the couple left and if they were fired from the show are murky, one thing is clear: Dillard had little control over his life during filming.
Dillard also made another thing clear: Jim Bob is calling the shots, and Jim Bob is the center of the problems he and Jill have with the family.
Apparently, Dillard and his wife were not compensated for their time on the show. When they approached Jim Bob about payment, he seemingly refused to budge. Jill apparently lost the ability to announce her pregnancies and births the way she wanted, and the family suddenly had a lot on its plate. Dillard allegedly refused to return to the show after “Counting On” producers approached them.