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It’s one thing when an employee messes up so badly that they get fired.
It’s quite another when an employee messes up so badly that she brings down the entire operation.
That’s the so-awful-it’s-impressive feat that Jenelle Evans and her troglodyte husband David Eason may have just pulled off, thanks to back-to-back scandals that now threaten the future of one of TV’s most popular reality shows.
In case you’ve managed to steer clear of this widening morass of stupidity, here’s a brief recap of what went down:
It all started when Jenelle posed with a gun, and David posted a photo of it on Instagram just hours after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that claimed 17 lives.
Shortly thereafter, David proved that his bone-headedness knows not bounds by making homophobic comments in a debate with fans about gun control.
What does sexuality have to do with gun control?
You’d have to ask David, whose rifle collection is clearly providing some sort of much-needed Freudian compensation.
Anyway, it’s a bad situation for a franchise that’s already enduring tough times, and not surprisingly, the powers that be took decisive action.
David has been fired from Teen Mom 2, but there are concerns that even that won’t be enough to placate viewers and advertisers, some of whom have already pulled their support of the show.
To make matters worse, the recently-fired Farrah Abraham is threatening to sue her former employers for $ 5 million for wrongful termination.
Yes, Teen Mom OG is a separate series, but Viacom, MTV, and executive producer Morgan J. Freeman are involved in both shows, and are all mentioned in Farrah’s lawsuit.
Now, longtime series stars like Tyler Baltierra are voicing their concerns about the franchise’s future.
“With Farrah getting fired and trying to sue, David being fired, he doesn’t want anyone to pull the plug on the franchise,” says a source close to Tyler.
The insider notes that production has not yet been halted, but that’s cold comfort for the young reality stars:
“They’re still going to film, but there’s no guarantee if that footage will see the light of day if something should happen,” says the source.
Just when you thought Farrah and Jenelle couldn’t be any more hated by their co-stars…
Watch Teen Mom 2 online to get caught up for what may well be the show’s final season.
Between this and the way that Mike Pence feuded with openly gay Olympian Adam Rippon, some can't help but wonder if Mike Pence is gearing up for a run of his own in 2020.
This time, the Vice President is feuding with The View host Joy Behar after she, based upon Omarosa's description of him, suggested that he might have mental illness. You can see that video in its full context, below.
Mike Pence says that a criticism of him is a criticism of all Christians.
One could argue that this whole thing — Pence and Trump and the current state of US politics — started with Reagan or Falwell decades ago, but this immediate feud? That started with Omarosa Manigault.
Omarosa, being about as qualified to work in the White House as your average Trump Team member — meaning that she was someone he'd met — is no longer working in the Trump White House. In fact, she says that she is "haunted" by Trump's tweets.
Welcome to the club, Omarosa.
After being booted from the White House, Omarosa returned to more familiar territory by joining the cast of Celebrity Big Brother.
On the show, speaking about Mike Pence, Omarosa said:
"As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence — everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life."
She continues, saying: "I am Christian. I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things"
While that's no surprise to anyone who's even heard of Mike Pence, it became quite the topic of conversation. Including on The View.
As you'll see in the video below in its full context, Joy Behar commented:
"It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m [correct], hearing voices."
They discussed it on the view, and it was correctly pointed out that descriptions of religious experiences often include communication in both directions.
That's not the same thing as auditory hallucinations.
Mike Pence apparently concluded that it was totally appropriate for him to fire back at the The View host for her remarks.
Speaking on C-SPAN, Pence said: "My faith sustains me in all that I do."
Pence said that Behar's statement was an insult to the "vast majority of the American people who cherish faith."
About 70% of the US population is Christian, of one denomination or another. It is unclear if Mike Pence is including other Americans of faith in his statement.
"It demonstrates how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people that you could have a major network like ABC permit a forum for invective against religion like that."
To be clear, it didn't really sound like Joy Behar was bashing religion in general. As one can see below, she acknowledges that that prayer and "talking to God" are pretty standard fare for Christians.
What gives her pause is the idea that Mike Pence believes that he is speaking and acting on instructions from his God. Plenty of people through history have felt that way.
Some of them, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, have made great strides in defending human rights.
Others have been … absolute monsters.
It's good for someone to believe that they're living well and in accordance with their faith. Some worry about someone who believes that their divine blessing calls them to do terrible things in the name of their religion, however.
Omarosa's statement wasn't the first that people have heard about Mike Pence's worrisome beliefs.
For one thing, the state of Indiana shouted warnings about Pence during the 2016 election cycle.
For another, Donald Trump himself has "joked" that Mike Pence would like to see all gay people hang. Whether Trump meant that literally or not, most people don't see that as any laughing matter.
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In the mean time, watch this video for yourself and decide if Joy Behar went too far or if she was just a talk show host being a talk show host.
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For several weeks now, we’ve been hearing reports that the Duggar family’s reality show, Counting On, had been canceled amidst declining ratings and growing controversy.
The rumor was the result of little more than silence from both the Duggars and TLC with regard to a renewal of the long-running series, but that was enough to send some fans into a state of premature mourning.
After all, if the show had been canceled, it wouldn’t come as too much of a shock.
Criticism of the Duggars has grown louder in recent months thanks to transphobic comments made by Derick Dillard during a series of bizarre social media tirades.
But the family has survived countless scandals in the past, and it looks as though the Duggars will successfully weather this latest storm, as well.
According to a new post from the ever-popular Duggar news Facebook page Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray, Joy-Anna and Jana Duggar were recently spotted filming scenes at an Arkansas beauty salon.
The page even posted photo evidence to prove that the girls are currently filming:
Pickles and Hairspray also shared an extensive list of things that we can expect to see on the show this season, along with a few things we most certainly will not see.
That list includes, of course, Josh Duggar and Derick Dillard (the former is still in exile, the latter has either been fired by TLC or quit the show of his own volition, depending on whom you believe).
Apparently, we also won’t see any of the Duggar girls wearing pants, even though several of Jim Bob and Michelle’s daughters have been favoring a more modern sartorial style in recent months.
The page sardonically informs fans that they also won’t be seeing, “The real religious views of the Duggars even though they consider the show their Christian ministry.”
Burn. Needless to say, Pickles isn’t exactly Jim Bob’s favorite Facebook page.
But hey, Duggar fans are likely just ecstatic that they’ll soon be treated to another season of fundamentalist hijinks.
There’s been no official word regarding a premiere date as of yet, but TLC sources have indicated that the show will return in spring of 2018.
Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for what should be a gloriously Derick-less season.
We know that Amy and Matt Roloff are feeling the Christmas spirit already, but is TLC in the giving mood?
Because we still haven’t heard any word about when Little People, Big World is returning for another season. When it comes to a series renewal, no news is usually bad news.
So we had to go to Amy Roloff’s social media to find Little People, Big World‘s fate.
The Roloff family has defied the odds, year after year.
Reality shows can be amazing, but those that strive to be educational by highlighting a misunderstood minority group often struggle with ratings.
Remember all of the “controversy” about All-American Muslim, that TLC series about 5 Muslim families living in Dearborn, Michigan?
Bigots were coming out of the woodwork to protest it because they felt threatened that other people have the audacity to exist, basically. But the families on the show were just normal people.
In fact, they were so normal and even boring that the show was canceled after one season because people weren’t watching.
And I Am Cait isn’t around anymore. It was supposed to educate the public about trans women as Caitlyn Jenner explored living as her authentic self.
but it turns out that filming a bunch of women on a bus who go take salsa lessons or whatever isn’t must-watch TV.
Why do we bring up these shows?
Because Matt and Amy Roloff didn’t decide to make their family into reality stars just for kicks. They wanted to educate viewers about little people and their lives, in a way that Little Women: L.A. certainly wasn’t going to do.
Despite the educational nature and general normality of the Roloffs, they’ve managed to keep Little People, Big World on the air for years.
Why? Because viewers love them.
Not just Matt and Amy, who are no longer together and have found new romances with new partners.
But their children, Jeremy and Zach and Molly and Jacob. And their partners. And, most recently, fans have gotten to know and love the Roloff grandchildren.
Last spring, Zach Roloff and Tori welcomed their first child: a precious baby boy named Jackson Roloff.
In early September, Jeremy and Audrey Roloff welcomed their baby girl, Ember Jean, into the world.
Viewers who don’t keep track of the Roloffs between seasons haven’t yet “met” Ember, but we know that they’ll get to love her … if they get the chance to see her.
Little People, Big World season schedules have been almost random — in 2016, the season began in the fall. This year, it premiered in, what? May?
But it’s been clear for a while that we wouldn’t be getting new episodes during the autumn months.
In two weeks, winter will officially begin. (There’s snow rapidly accumulating outside of my window as I write this)
But not only has a new season not begun, TLC hasn’t even announced a premiere date. This is worrying to countless fans of the series and the Roloff family.
Thankfully, when networks don’t announce things, sometimes the stars themselves step up.
Previously, Amy had predicted that the series would premiere in January of 2018.
Much more recently, on Facebook, Amy posted this:
“No word here that our show is ending. We don’t have a … confirmation on when the new episodes will air. We are hearing in March or earlier in the new year.”
That is sounding like an agonizing wait.
But we need to look at this as good news: Little People, Big World is getting a new season!
Truth be told, we figured that it was, as we’ve heard a lot about the Roloffs filming a new season, even featuring baby Jackson!
So not only is Little People, Big World coming back, it’s likely going to feature two new stars: Jackson and Ember Jean!
We’ve also heard that Jacob Roloff, the “black sheep” of the family who spent some time estranged from his parents, has been repairing his relationship with the family and especially with his mother, Amy.
That said … don’t hold your breath for Jacob to show up on camera again. The show is still a sore spot for him.
Of all of the reality star families on television, few — if any — are more controversial than the Duggars.
They’re so controversial, in fact, that 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled years ago. Most of the Duggar clan can still be seen on Counting On.
But since the last season ended, there’s been no official word of renewal. Has TLC finally canceled Counting On?
The Duggars were always going to be controversial. When you exist on the political and religious fringes of society and view normal American culture as some sort of contaminant, people are going to raise their eyebrows.
When you have 19 children, whom you endeavor to keep isolated from most of society as you groom them to share your worldview, people are going to talk.
When you believe that women are effectively the property of their fathers until they are traded off to their husbands, when you don’t allow the wearing of pants by girls in your household, people are going to be alarmed.
But all of that is what made 19 Kids and Counting such a talked about series. The supervised “courtships” and side-hugs, Michelle Duggar’s hair, and the very concept of having 19 children made the Duggars an entertaining family for some.
Others watched, with concern and fascination, realizing that there are other families in the US whose children are forced to grow up this way — barely even knowing that their experiences are so extreme.
None of that is what got 19 Kids and Counting canceled, however.
Back in 2015, 19 Kids and Counting was canceled by TLC.
And Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle had covered it up.
So, suddenly, Counting On became the vehicle for the Duggars to espouse their worldview — without Josh, of course. And, initially, without Jim Bob and Michelle.
But Counting On hasn’t exactly been scandal-free, either. We don’t just mean the “scandals” for the Duggar family, like Duggar daughters wearing pants or Joy-Anna Duggar’s very probably shotgun wedding or Jill Duggar’s nose piercing.
We mean actual scandals.
Like the one that got Derick Dillard fired from Counting On. Derick and Jill had been slammed multiple times for shadily begging fans for money to help with their already controversial “mission trips.”
But what got Derick Dillard fired by TLC was his ongoing, one-sided feud with fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.
Jazz is a teenage star of her own series, I Am Jazz. What stuck in Derick Dillard’s craw was that Jazz is trans, and Derick believes that “transgender is a myth.”
Which is an odd thing to say about a teenage girl who literally exists. It’s also the kind of statement that leads to real-world violence against trans women.
Derick continued to attack Jazz over social media and to misgender her at every opportunity, until finally TLC had enough.
The question remains: will Derick Dillard’s firing lead to the cancellation of the entire series?
The Josh Duggar scandal hasn’t actually gone away, except (apparently) in the minds of the Duggars.
Counting On has had six seasons. But we don’t know if there will be a seventh.
Inquisitr reports that TLC posted that Counting On had been renewed … only to immediately delete the post.
That’s a clue … but of renewal for season seven, or of cancellation?
It may be that TLC intended to release the renewal announcement, and accidentally posted it early. That happens sometimes when you’re scheduling a post for a future date.
It may also be the case that TLC had scheduled a renewal post a while back … and then forgotten to cancel it when they changed their minds.
The Duggars have posted on their own family blog that they don’t yet know if they’re getting renewed.
Which means that no one outside of TLC knows.
The fact that TLC hasn’t openly declared whether the Duggars are getting the axe or a renewal is probably a sign that TLC may still be weighing their options.
They’ve already looked at ratings, so there must be other factors that they’re considering. Perhaps things of which the public isn’t even aware.
Our guess is that higher-ups are either still mulling it over … or they’ve decided to cancel Counting On and are waiting for the right time to drop the news.
Perhaps back-to-back with another announcement? Or perhaps over the holidays?
We’ll let you know as soon as we find out, but things are looking grim for fans of the Duggars.