Derick Dillard, married to Jill Duggar, needs a lesson or two in keeping his mouth shut. Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone has the right to their own opinion and that social media is absolutely a place to voice that opinion. But for a family that has already been fired from their television show due to controversial comments, Dillard sure seems to keep biting the hand that feeds, or rather fed, him.
Dillard and his family were fired from Counting On, the 19 Kids and Counting spin-off show, for making derogatory comments towards another one of TLC’s stars. TLC runs a show called I Am Jazz, which follows 17-year-old Jazz Jennings as she lives her life as a transgender teen, transitioning from male to female. The show has been one of TLC’s most viewed shows on the network and is doing incredible work for the LGBTQ community.
However, Dillard is not one of those people on board with the show…or Jazz Jennings at all, for that matter.
“What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God,” Dillard wrote on Twitter in August.
After Jennings tweeted about cyber-bullying, Dillard continued his rampage.
“I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child.
It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way.
Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on TV these days.”
Dillard claims he “never bullied anyone” and “just said [he] didn’t agree with what is being propagated on TV.”
TLC wasn’t buying it, however. The network almost immediately fired the family from Counting On, citing Dillard’s comments as the reason.
“We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future.
We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network.
TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.”
While the family stayed fairly silent on the topic, it now seems like Dillard has some choice words for the network.