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Back in 2015, news of the Josh Duggar sex scandals shook fans to their core and threatened to bring an end to the Duggar family’s media empire.
Remarkably, three years later, life has pretty much returned to normal for the Duggars — with the notable exception of Josh, of course.
While his parents and siblings made a rather smooth transition back to the spotlight, Josh remains exiled from both fans and his family.
Currently, Josh works on a used car lot owned by his father, and he lives several miles away from the neighborhood in Tontitown, Arkansas that most of them call home.
Of course, the clearest indicator of the rift between the former lobbyist and the rest of his family might be that Josh no longer worships at the Duggar family church.
Josh is reportedly in dire financial straits, as he attempts to raise five children on a car lot attendant’s salary and with little financial help from his wealthy family.
But that’s just one of the reasons that fans are wary of Josh’s latest “fundraising” efforts.
Josh returned to Facebook this week with little fanfare, and he’s apparently on a mission.
Thus far, Josh’s activity on the site has been extremely limited:
As In Touch Weekly points out, he changed his profile picture to a photo of his son Matthew — and he announced that he’ll be raising money for two family friends who were involved in a car accident.
Of course, this is Josh Duggar we’re talking about, so it wasn’t long before fans noticed something deeply suspicious about his philanthropic efforts.
As one Facebook user quickly pointed out, the fundraiser that Josh is encouraging fans to contribute to was apparently started by someone named Janie Williams.
The only problem there is the fact that Janie doesn’t appear to be a real person.
“Both names are listed on the GoFundMe as running the campaign,” the fan wrote on Facebook.
“When I click on Janie’s name, it led me to Josh’s profile,” she continued.
“I can see Josh using the common [names] Janie/Joe and common last [names] Williams/Smith to try [and] hide. I [don’t see] a Janie Williams listed as a friend on Josh’s page.”
Yes, it appears that Josh has constructed yet another alias for himself.
In the past, he’s been caught using the name Joe Smithson on social media.
And of course, there was the fake Ashley Madison profile that Josh used to try and cheat on his wife.
So what exactly is going on here?
Well, it’s tough to say, but the Duggars have a long history of begging fans for money under suspicious pretenses.
Now, it looks like Josh is attempting to supplement his meager income with a little light fraud.
All in a day’s work for one of the shadiest figures west of the Mississippi.
Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family.
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These days, when we think of Teen Mom 2 we basically think of a violent talk show that can only be described as Springer-esque.
At this point, it’s difficult to even recall the series’ quaint beginnings, a time when fans tuned in to enjoy everything promised by the title — namely, a sequel to a previous series that was also about the challenges of parenting as an adolescent.
Of course, it’s no accident that producers have chosen to switch the focus to the ever-intensifying feuds among cast members.
Drama sells, and as such, the TM2 reunions shows — that were once a fun opportunity to catch up on what the cast has been up to in the weeks since filming wrapped — have come to devour the rest of the season.
Now, reunion shows are the dramatic tentpole that props up the entire season.
Conflicts begin at the tapings in New York, and — much less often — they’re resolved there.
After the taping, the cast members return to their home states where tensions simmer for several months, and when they make their return to Manhattan the ladies are once again ready to throw down.
Obviously, viewers enjoy the new format, as reunion shows used to take place over the course of one hour, and now they encompass several episodes.
But not everyone in the cast is comfortable with the show’s new direction.
In recent weeks, Chelsea Houska has made it clear that this isn’t the kind of experience she signed on for.
She’s even taken to social media to complain about the gradual change in the focus of the series, complaining that Teen Mom 2 “isn’t about being a mom anymore.”
There’s been talk of Chelsea quitting the show, but it seems she’s not willing to go quite that far — yet.
Currently, Houska is pregnant with her third child, and she left the most recent taping ahead of schedule due to violence among cast members.
Now, a newly-released deleted scene shows that Chelsea and her husband, Cole DeBoer, have been fed up with the reunion show scene for quite some time.
“The reunion was a disaster,” Chelsea tells Cole and her father, Randy Houska, having recently returned from a taping in New York.
“That’s not our life,” Cole echoes.
“I mean, that’s what’s sad: there’s kids that think that’s normal,” Randy opines, always happy to throw a bit of shade.
“Because another time when Kail and — I don’t know if it was Briana or her sister — one of them was coming down the hallway and I had stepped out in the hallway with the baby,” Chelsea recalls in the scene,
“I…just went back in my room because I was, like, “Oh my god! I can’t even leave my room?!”
We think it’s safe to say Chelsea won’t be returning for too many future sessions with Dr. Drew.
Watch Teen Mom 2 online for a reminder of the many ways in which Chelsea is the chillest of the moms.
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