Is the Duggar family more fractured than it seems? While there have long been rumors that Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard are not getting along with her family, some people have also begun to suspect that Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband Austin Forsyth are also breaking away. A promotional photo for Counting On seems to support that theory, but Jessa Duggar says there’s no truth to the story that Joy-Anna and Austin have quit the TLC show.
Derick Dillard claims Joy-Anna Duggar has quit ‘Counting On’
Jill and Derick left Counting On in 2017, and he’s made no secret of the fact that he wasn’t happy with the way he and his family were treated by the network and his father-in-law, Jim Bob Duggar. Derick, now a law student at the University of Arkansas, periodically shares about his time on the show and why he and Jill left. In July, he also revealed that Joy-Anna and Austin had followed him and his wife in exiting the series.
The bombshell news came in the comments of a TLC Instagram post promoting the season premiere of Counting On. The dad of two made it clear he and Jill weren’t included in the family Zoom night seen on the show since they were no longer part of the series.
“Joy and Austin also quit filming, but they were there,” he added.
Joy-Anna and Austin are in this season of ‘Counting On’
Joy-Anna and Austin have not commented on Derick’s claim they’ve quit her family’s reality show. While they have not been as prominently featured on this season of Counting On as some of the other couples in the family, they haven’t been entirely absent. They were at the family’s ugly sweater Christmas party and also were on hand to share some parenting advice with her older brother John David and his wife Abbie Duggar. And couple’s gender reveal party was a major part of the Sept. 15 episode of the show.
Though Joy-Anna and Austin seem to still be a part of Counting On, it’s possible they are planning on not appearing in future seasons or have made a decision to be less involved in the production than some other family members.
Jessa Duggar addresses Joy-Anna and Austin’s absence
The question of whether Joy-Anna and Austin are still on Counting On came up again when Jessa Duggar shared a promotional photo for the show on her Instagram on Sept. 15. The image showed Jessa and several of her sisters and sisters-in-law, including Abbie, Lauren, Jinger, Kendra, and Jana Duggar. But a few of her eagle-eyed followers were quick to notice that Joy-Anna was missing from the picture.
“Where’s Joy??” one person asked.
Several people replied that Joy-Anna and Austin had left the show, but Jessa quickly stepped in with a correction.
“They’re still on the show, just didn’t make it to this photo session,” she said.
So there you have it. Joy-Anna and Austin are still part of Counting On, at least for now.
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