Counting On and 19 Kids and Counting are the two shows the Duggar family is most famous for. As for the latest show, Jim Bob Duggar is accused of hoarding all of the earnings, despite the series no longer focusing on him and Michelle. This made us wonder just how much money Jim Bob has stashed away? While it’s hard to pin down the exact number, Showbiz CheatSheet shares their estimated guess.
The Duggar family’s long reality TV history
The Duggar family first appeared on TLC in the form of a special. The first special aired in 2004, back when the family had “only” 14 children. The family reappeared on three more specials in 2006. They are currently one of the network’s longest-running reality TV families.
In 2007 the Duggars came back with another special. Their weekly show 19 Kids and Counting came quickly after airing in 2008. The series ran strong from 2008 until 2015, when it ended due to several family scandals, such as Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal.
Later in 2015, the family bounced back onto our TV screens with a brand new show, Counting On. This show is still running, and Season 11 should premiere sometime this year. But, there isn’t any official word on a renewal.
How much profit have the Duggars made?
The Duggar family has never peeped a word to the public about the actual payment they receive for their shows. This is not a surprise, after all, most reality TV stars will never mention it.
Showbiz CheatSheet yields there estimate based off of the rumors of other reality TV stars. For example, Kate Gosselin is rumored to have made between $25,000 to $50,000 per episode for Jon and Kate Plus 8. The Duggars are assumed to make around the same amount, considering both families worked with TLC.
19 Kids and Counting aired 229 episodes while on TV. The Duggars returned almost instantly with their new show, Counting On. The show aired 81 episodes to date, broken down into 10 seasons.
Counting On originally intended to follow Jill and Jessa Duggar as they started their own families. However, Jill’s husband Derick insists the series is just 19 Kids and Counting rebranded.
Anyway, back to the money. If the Duggars earn between $25,000 to $40,000 per episode, then they are worth a fortune. This implies that the Duggar family earned a whopping amount somewhere between $7.7 million and $12.4 million from their two shows. But a lot of money does not go so far when it is split amongst 20 plus people….that is if it is even being split?
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On Christmas Eve, 36 years ago, I got down on one knee and asked Michelle Ruark if she would marry me! She said yes! We had no idea on that Christmas that our family would grow to be what it is today! . Michelle has been the greatest blessing of my life, my best friend, the mother of our children, and a wonderful grandmother to our 16 grandkids (and counting)! . Christmas is a perfect time to celebrate the love of family, exchange gifts, and create special memories that will last a lifetime. But most of all, we celebrate JESUS—God's perfect, indescribable gift. The one and only Son of God came to earth as a baby for the purpose of giving His life for us. Of all the gifts we could ever receive, this is the very best! . Merry Christmas! —Jim Bob
Is Jim Bob Duggar keeping all of the earnings for himself?
Derick made a name for himself late last year as the Duggar family whistleblower. The father of two claims that he and Jill have yet to receive a dime for their time on Counting On. He also alluded to the notion multiple times that none of the Duggar kids are paid for their time on the show, which is a real possibility as reality TV laws are not that strict.
Whether or not he’s actually hoarding all of the earnings remains unknown as Jim Bob and TLC have yet to comment on the issue.
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