Jill Duggar went years before TLC paid her for her appearances on Counting On and the network’s other reality shows. She hired a lawyer in order to finally get paid.
One of the 19 kids born to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jill featured prominently on 19 Kids and Counting and its spinoff. The series debuted in 2008. When TLC canceled the original reality series in 2015, Jill and Jessa Duggar stepped up to star in Counting On.
People reported Jim Bob was the original payee from TLC. Compensation was anywhere from $25,000 to $45,000 per episode. 15 “seasons” of 19 Kids and Counting, with over 20 episodes a season means the family earned somewhere in the neighborhood of $7.5 million. That’s before adding in Counting On.
Despite all that money coming from TLC, Jill claims she didn’t see a dime until she quit in 2017.
She said she and Derick finally hired a lawyer. Eventually, they got some money. She added it was a long and arduous process.
However, the money they got wasn’t anywhere near what Jill thinks they deserved. She estimates it was the equivalent of a minimum wage. Derick added they were happy to just recover “something.”
It’s not entirely clear who ultimately stood in the couple’s way of getting their money.
Jill Duggar’s Tough Time
Jim Bob’s contract with TLC isn’t public. It’s not clear if it’s written to make sure his adult children get a portion of the pay. Jill and Derick hinted TLC was the roadblock. However, TLC paid someone. The network being opposed to money going to Jill doesn’t make a ton of sense.
Jim Bob and Michelle standing in the couple’s way makes a bit more sense. Jill is candid about her relationship with the rest of her family these days.
Some siblings and her parents were not happy she and Derick quit Counting On in 2017. Earlier this week, she said the pair left the show because they wanted more control over their own lives.
Their departure strained things between members of the family.
“I never expected this to happen or for it to get to this point,” Jill said. “But I’m realizing I can’t put a timeline on healing. I love my family and they love me. I really just have to follow God’s lead and take it one day at a time.”
Fading From The Public Eye
Jill Duggar Dillard and Derick Dillard are happier now. They’re no longer reality television stars. However, they still have plenty of people paying attention to them, daily. Indeed, the couple still has millions of social media followers.
The pair also give regular updates through interviews like the ones Jill did with People this week. While they may fade from the public eye in some regards, it is clear TLC fans aren’t going to let them fade away entirely.