7 Biggest TLC Scandals The Network Has Somehow Survived

Remember when TLC showed educational content? It literally stands for “The Learning Channel” but none of the stuff they show anymore could qualify as educational, though it is entertaining.

It’s a miracle that this network has survived so many scandals, and these are just some of the biggest ones in recent history. We’ll start small and work our way up to the biggest ones.

Derick Dillard, husband of Jill Duggar, has always been a little out there. He and his future wife broke one of the biggest Duggar rules, no front hugging, when they first met each other, which should have been a warning sign that bad things were on their way.


Dillard, who is a former accountant, first made waves when he and Jill lied to their fans about their missionary work. Jill’s education as a midwife wasn’t enough to stop their application to the International Mission Board from getting rejected.

According to the Southern Baptist Convention, the church through which the couple applied for the missionary position, the following requirements need to be met:

“Must complete at least 12 college credit hours comprising three hours each of new testament survey, old testament survey, biblical or systematic theology, as well as elective courses in general ministry.”

Derick only has an undergraduate in accounting, and Jill has no post-secondary education at all. Fans took this as misleading, seeing as the couple spent the better part of a year in El Salvador claiming to do missionary work, even asking for money to help support them.


But it was Dillard’s comments on TLC’s transgendered star, Jazz Jennings, that got him and his wife fired from the network. Jennings, who identifies as a girl but was born a boy, is only 17 years old.

“What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God,” Derick wrote on Twitter in August.

After Jennings tweeted about cyber-bullying, Derick 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.”

Jennings, who is 11 years younger than Dillard, chose to take the high road in the whole situation.

“In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love,” she wrote on Twitter.

Dillard and his wife were then fired from their family’s TV show, Counting On.

Then, of course, there’s the Gosselins.

Estranged ‘Little People, Big World’ Family Member Has An Announcement

For 12 years, the Roloff family, stars of TLC’s Little People, Big World, invited us into their home each week so we could all get a glimpse of what life is like for a family dealing with dwarfism. Spoiler alert: they’re just like us!

Viewers soon grew attached to Matt and Amy Roloff, along with their children, twins Jeremy and Zach, Molly, and Jacob. From wedding and babies, to breakups, fans of the Oregon-based family have been around for numerous milestones, announcements, and of course, difficult moments, like Matt and Amy’s divorce.

The once inseparable couple announced they were parting ways in 2014, and despite Amy’s efforts to save the marriage, the divorce was made official in May 2016. However, shortly after their marriage ended, things started to look up for the family, who have always stuck by each other despite their differences.

In May 2017, Zach and his wife, Tori, welcomed a baby boy, Jackson Kyle. The new addition is Amy and Matt’s first grandchild.


A month later, Jeremy and his wife of three years, Audrey, shared that they were expecting a daughter in September.

Then in August, the family gathered together once more to celebrate 23-year-old Molly’s wedding.

“I can’t believe my only baby girl Molly is getting married,” Amy Roloff wrote on social media before the wedding. “I’m so truly very happy for her my heart over flows…I’m so blessed by Molly and so honored to have Joel a part of the family. It’s going to be a beautiful day on the farm.”

Now, the family has another reason to throw a big party! The youngest Roloff, Jacob, is engaged!

The 21-year-old made the announcement on social media, and the photos are adorable!

Little People, Big World, Bigger Secrets – 10 Things The Roloffs Don’t Want You To Know

Since 2006, we have been on an emotional roller coaster ride with the Roloff family, stars of TLC‘s Little People, Big World.

From weddings, and babies, to a divorce, viewers have been around for countless milestones, and difficult moments. However, there’s still a lot that we don’t know about the Oregon-based family.

Here are 10 things secrets about the Roloffs that they won’t ever tell you:

1. The family was sued by a visitor

According to Radar Online, a woman named Linda Farrall sued the Roloffs in 2009 for negligence after she suffered an injury on the premises during a public tour. She claimed that she racked up $100,000 in medical bills, and that the Roloffs were careless when it came to implementing safety measures around the farm.

The case was eventually dismissed, but Farrall and the Roloffs reached a settlement outside of court.

2. Their neighbors aren’t fans


Those who watch the show regularly know that the Roloffs own a farm, and it gets very busy year-round. While this is great for the family’s business, it doesn’t sit well with their neighbors, who have complained about the large annoying crowds that the farm draws in. They described Roloff Farm as an “over-priced celebrity-gawk-fest.”

3. Jacob was “forced” to appear on the show

Radar Online

Jacob, affectionately known as Jake, was only nine-years-old when his family started filming their reality show. The youngest of the family, Jake did not have much of a say when it came to starring on the show, but he has always made it clear in interviews and reports that he did not want to be on TV. He left the show as soon as he turned 18, after refusing to renew his contract with TLC.

“There’s two ways to do the filming thing — one way is through the show, maybe and the other way is through myself and vlogs. It’s just more free doing it myself, I can do anything, I can say anything, I can talk about anything — I can show whatever I want,” Jake explained.

4. He was apparently not getting paid enough

Back in 2015, Jake took to twitter to vent about not getting paid enough by the network. He wrote, “Man I wish it didn’t feel like I was getting f***ed out of the money from the show that was my childhood right now.”

The secrets only get juicier…