Following allegations that “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar sexually assaulted four of his sisters and another female minor back when he was 14, TLC-- intentionally or not-- sent a strong message by airing a planned “19 Kids and Counting” marathon on Thursday night.
TLC began airing episodes of “19 Kids and Counting” at 7 p.m. that ran through 3 a.m.
Meanwhile, Josh Duggar and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar released statements about the allegations, referring to the abuse as a “dark and difficult time” that their family went through 12 years ago. They said the events brought them closer to God.
The timing of TLC’s marathon didn’t go unnoticed.
After news of Josh Duggar sexually abusing his sisters, @TLC airs a marathon of 19 Kids and Counting instead of cancelling it. Disgusting.— Ketsuda (@kphoutinane) May 22, 2015
Josh Duggar admitted to molesting his younger sisters and TLC still aired a marathon of 19 Kids and Counting... REALLY? �� #CancelTheDuggars— Janie Ragsdale (@Janie_Elainey) May 22, 2015
Real classy @TLC, airing a 19 Kids and Counting marathon tonight. Nice work.— roxane gay (@rgay) May 22, 2015
And one former TLC star didn’t hesitate to speak out about how she feels the network should be responding to the Duggar revelations.
June “Mama June” Shannon’s show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was shut down in Oct. 2014 after photos surfaced that showed Shannon spending time with a convicted child molester, who was sent to jail for molesting her daughter.
Shannon told TMZ if “19 Kids and Counting” stays on the air, she hopes to sue TLC for shutting down her show abruptly. The man Shannon was snapped with never appeared on her reality show, she noted.
"I read that the Duggar family said this happening with their son brought them closer to God and each other. So they're saying it's O.K….?” Shannon told TMZ. “Hell no."
Some Twitter users also commented on the drastically different way TLC was seemingly responding to the “19 Kids and Counting” scandal.
#TLC pulled Honey Boo Boo IMMEDIATELY yet they are having a 19 Kids & Counting marathon until 3am. Revolting.— Lizzie_Rider (@Navy_WifeLife) May 22, 2015
I hope @TLC cancels 19 kids..if they got rid of Honey Boo Boo because of scandal this should be no different.— Stephanie (@stephhohhnee) May 22, 2015
TLC has not issued a statement regarding the future of “19 Kids and Counting.” The network declined FOX411's request for comment.