More companies are pulling ads to distance themselves from the infamous Duggar family.
A variety of companies pulled their advertising when 19 Kids & Counting aired on TLC after the Josh Duggar molestation scandal last year, and now it's deja vu for the Duggar family this year. Four companies have now issued statements claiming they had no control over their ads running during the season 2 premiere of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, the 19 Kids & Counting spinoff starting Jill and Jessa Duggar.
The following statements were acquired by InTouch Weekly:
"The Gerber Life ad was inadvertently shown during the premiere of Counting On,' Gerber Life said. "We have been assured that Gerber Life ads will no longer be shown during this program."
"We did not have control over when the advertisement ran, as it was a direct response buy," said Trivago. "We did not purposely intend to advertise during any specific TLC program."
"At this time, we are not buying TV ad space for particular programming or programs, rather for networks or groups of networks in aggregate," stated Thumbtack.com. "Your question [about whether it was the company's intention to air during 'Counting On'] however has opened a discussion internally on this topic."
"Hotwire's ads appear on many cable networks including AMC, Bravo, HGTV, TNT, TBS, USA as well as TLC Network," said Hotwire. "While we are able to select which cable networks air our ads, we do not select the specific shows. After further consideration we have decided to remove this network from our plan."
Of course, Josh is not part of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, but it seems that any association with the Duggar family is not desirable among many top companies. It remains to be seen if TLC will soon find it too expensive or difficult to keep Jill & Jessa: Counting On on the air, but the network just started airing its second season.