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Duggar Girls' Pain Makes for Great Spin-Off PR

Why hasn’t TLC officially cancelled the Duggars? Ask Jill and Jessa, the daughters who are going through “immeasurable pain” presumably because they have to re-live the humiliating experience of being fondled by their brother when they were pre-teens. They’re so humiliated that they booked an exclusive with Fox News to air their shame before an international audience. They’re so filled with pain, in fact, that they’re proceeding with negotiations to create their own spin-off for TLC:

Us Weekly reports that the Duggars’ adult and married children Jessa and Jill, along with their husbands, Ben Seewald and Derick Dillard, are in talks for their own spinoff series.

“They’ve invested a lot of time in developing these story lines and the last thing they want to do is to throw it all away,” a source told the magazine, stressing that Josh would not be part of the new spinoff. TLC declined to comment on reports of a spinoff and reiterated to The Huffington Post that no long-term decisions have been made regarding the ultimate fate of “19 Kids and Counting.”

The idea of a spinoff featuring the Duggar daughters isn’t crazy, given that they’ve become the stars of the family’s current show. In fact, last year a record 4.4 million people tuned in to see Jill get married, while Jessa’s wedding special brought in 4.3 million viewers this past April.

Jill Duggar Dillard is so traumatized by the revelation of her brother’s actions that she’s taking the time to post pictures of her own 2-month old on Instagram. What a great way to protect the privacy of your own children. What an even better way to keep in touch with your fans and potential spin-off viewers.

This isn’t about morals. This is about money. A magazine owned by a porn company started the fight and the Duggars aren’t going to back down, not with millions at stake. Spare your offense. It’s just business.