Derick Dillard, the husband of Jill Duggar, is once again speaking out against the family’s patriarch, Jim Bob. In a recent question and answer on his Instagram Story, Dillard revealed that he thinks the Duggar siblings deserve to have their own show on TLC because Jim Bob was the only one making money off of the “Counting On” series.
“All of the shows have been under [Jim Bob’s] contract,” Dillard said. “He is the only one with a contract. The show title has nothing to do with whose show it is or who owns/controls the contract.”
He continued by saying that him and Jill “were under the impression that the family didn’t make any money from the show. Rather, it was presented to us as something that was done as a ministry that TLC periodically subsidized in the form of reimbursements for things like gas, restaurants, travel, etc. But not any actual pay on top of that.”
Dillard said recently that he thinks the kids and their spouses were pressured to be the “Counting On” and “19 Kids And Counting,” believing they would be sued if they didn’t appear on the shows.
“We were made to believe we didn’t have a choice and that we would be sued if we refused,” Duggar wrote in response to a fan on Instagram. “However, once we became more enlightened, we realized that we could easily defend ourselves in against a lawsuit from the family/TLC.”
Last year, Dillard spoke out against TLC when a fan asked him if he asked the network to pay for a hospital bill of theirs following the birth of their child.
“I thought it was fair to ask in negotiating … TLC made lots of money in filming a birth special episode, and they had not offered to pay us anything. So I thought, at the very least, they could reimburse 5-10K for medical expenses. TLC sure made more than that off us.”
Dillard and his wife have no plans to appear on any future episodes of the TLC show, and he was reportedly fired after he made transphobic comments about fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings. He denies those claims and says he quit.