The Duggars might have been America's favorite family for quite some time, but it looks like those feelings are long gone now. There's a new report that says Michelle and Jim Bob are still surprised at the backlashed they receive after news broke earlier this summer that their son Josh Duggar sexually molested four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teenager back in 2002 and 2003.
Now, the family is trying to rebuild their lives after their popular reality television show, 19 Kids & Counting, was axed by the TLC network last month. According to People Magazine this week, Michelle and Jim Bob thought their fans would be sympathetic to their son and were shocked at the huge public backlash they received.
A source told the publication, "They are still stunned that this is how it has all gone down. I think they are still trying to absorb the fact that their life has so radically changed. The better part of the last decade has been doing their show, and to have that removed - and instead for there to be this intense scrutiny of their every move - just isn't something you get used to overnight."
What's more, Josh has had to publicly distance himself from the rest of the family as they are trying to repair their tarnished image. A family insider says the Duggars are still trying to figure out a Plan B in order to get their show back on television with another network.
The source explained, "Jim Bob and Michelle love their son, and they love when they can spend time with his family. But every time they're photographed with him, a story gets made out of it that rehashes the whole mess - and it's painful for everyone."
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