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Jill Duggar has revealed that she is releasing a tell-all memoir in which she has vowed to detail ‘the secrets, manipulation, and intimidation’ that she experienced behind the scenes of her family’s hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting.
Days before she is due to air her family’s dirty laundry in a new documentary about their sensational fall from grace, the fourth-eldest child of the increasingly scandal-plagued Duggar family took to Instagram to announce the upcoming publication of her explosive tome.
The announcement comes after the 32 year old revealed how her father stopped his children from being paid for their participation in the family’s lucrative TLC reality show and uncovered the extreme length’s her dad took to try to cover up Josh Duggar’s molestation of his own sisters in an Amazon Prime documentary that will air on Friday.
However, now Jill is promising to reveal even more dirty secrets about her family in their book Counting the Cost – writing on Instagram today that she and her husband Derick Dillard will reveal the ‘secrecy and lies’ that they were privy to during the family’s lengthy reign as reality TV’s greatest dynasty.
Jill Duggar has revealed she is releasing a memoir detailing ‘the secrets, manipulation, and intimidation’ occurring behind the scenes of 19 Kids and Counting
The fourth-eldest child in the increasingly scandal-plagued Duggar family of reality-TV fame took to her Instagram to promise fans the tell-all book by early 2024
The announcement comes after Jill broke down in tears as she shared the extreme measures that her dad took to try to cover up Josh Duggar’s molestation of his own sisters
She promised to reveal the ‘unedited truth about the Duggars’, breaking down the ‘challenges, lack of respect, manipulation, and greed’ they encountered
It features her husband Derick, 34, as the co-author, and details the couple’s ‘painful journey’ of filming the hit reality TV show.
Sharing an image of the front cover, Jill wrote: ‘Derick and I would like to announce that we have written a book, Counting the Cost, which details our painful journey as part of the reality-show-filming Duggar family.
‘As the picture on the cover conveys, the book is meant to reflect a story that has been difficult, yet hopeful.
She went on to acknowledge that while viewers of their show have been witness to the very public scandals that the family has become embroiled in over the past few years, no one could imagine the depths it went to for over 15 years.
‘The challenges we have faced, including lack of respect for boundaries, greed, manipulation, and betrayal, are not that much different than what many people in our audience have faced,’ she continued.
‘However, 15+ years of reality television, undergirded by secrecy and lies, is tantamount to pouring gasoline on the fire of our struggle,’ she wrote.
The mom-of-three ended her post by thanking God, time, and therapy for helping her ‘heal.’
‘Thanks to time, tears, truth, and therapy, God has begun to heal our wounds into scars. Though we would have never chosen this path, and it has cost us dearly, we want to use our voice to show others that there is hope beyond the pain,’ she concluded.
The book features her husband Derick Dillard, 34, as the co-author, and details the couple’s ‘painful journey’ of filming the hit reality TV show
Earlier, she revealed Jim Bob Duggar’s (seen with his wife, Michelle Duggar) stopped his children from being paid on the hit TLC show
A report in 2015 claimed that Josh, now 35, admitted to molesting his siblings years prior, and that his parents, Jim Bob, now 57, and Michelle Duggar, now 56, knew and failed to report it
The mom-of-three ended her book announcement post by thanking God, time, and therapy for helping her ‘heal’
Jill made headlines earlier today when it was revealed the Duggars received $18 million over the course of their 21 seasons on TV, but according to Jill, she and her siblings weren’t given a dime of it during their time in the show. Instead, she claimed it all went into her father, Jim Bob Duggar’s pocket.
She spoke out about her battle to get distributions in the upcoming explosive Amazon Prime docuseries about the family, entitled Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets – while claiming that her dad tricked her into signing a contract that forced her to continue filming against her will, and that she was given no choice but to video tape the birth of her son despite her telling the production crew that she wasn’t comfortable with it.
More of the family’s disturbing secrets are set to be exposed in Amazon Prime’s Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, which will premiere on June 2
Jill explained that she was asked to sign a contract on the day before her marriage to Derick, whom she wed in 2014, but said she was never actually shown the full thing, only the ‘signature page.’
‘It was just at the end of the kitchen table. [My dad was like,] “Hey, I just need you guys to sign these,”‘ she recalled. ‘I didn’t know what it was for.’
She said she later found out that it was a ‘commitment of her life to the show’ for the next ‘five years.’
She also broke down in tears while revealing the extreme measures Jim Bob took to cover up Josh’s crimes.
When a bombshell report hit the web in 2015 that claimed Josh, now 35, had admitted to molesting four of his siblings years prior, and that his own parents, Jim Bob, now 57, and Michelle Duggar, now 56, knew about it and failed to report the abuse – it completely shattered the wholesome on-screen image that the family had worked so hard to build over the course of their multiple TLC reality shows.
According to Jill, who spoke out in the upcoming explosive Amazon Prime docuseries about the family, entitled Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, when news of Josh’s alleged abuse was made public in 2015, her dad’s main focus was protecting the family’s squeaky-clean reputation – rather than the victims.
She recalled an ‘urgency’ in ‘trying to figure out’ how the show could continue on in the wake of the scandal.
In 2015, Jill (second from right) and Jessa (center) identified themselves as two of his victims. Two years later, Jinger (second from left) and Joy (left) were identified as the other victims
In the past, Jinger Duggar, 29, spoke out about her book, Becoming Free Indeed, she compared the religious beliefs to those of a’cult’
She also recalled how she was forced to defend her brother on national television during an appearance on the Megyn Kelly show (seen) to prevent their series from being canceled
At the time, she and her younger sister Jessa sat down with Megyn Kelly to discuss the harrowing allegations during a lengthy interview, in which they confirmed that their brother had touched them inappropriately but defended him from people who had branded him as a ‘child molester, pedophile, or rapist.’
Jill isn’t the only member of the large brood to produce a tell-all.
In the past, Jinger Duggar, 29, spoke out about her book, Becoming Free Indeed.
In an interview with People, she slammed her ultra-religious parents’ ‘harmful’ beliefs – while comparing her famous family to a ‘cult’.
She laid bare the lasting trauma of her incredibly-strict upbringing, revealing that she was left ‘crippled with anxiety’ and ‘terrified of the outside world’ as a result of the rigid ‘cult-like’ rules she was forced to follow as a child.
Jinger said that the strict religious beliefs she grew up under were so severe that she was tempted at one point to abandon her faith altogether and ‘leave Jesus’.
Jinger noted that Gothard’s teachings were ‘based on fear and superstition’ and left her questioning what God actually wanted from her – leading her to believe that she would be ‘harmed’ if she strayed from the rules or made a mistake.
The 29-year-old added that the strict directions included in the teachings – which see followers avoiding dancing, kissing, hugging, hand-holding, to name a few – left her ‘crippled with anxiety’ and ‘terrified of the outside world.’