Jill Duggar’s husband Derick Dillard posted homophobic and transphobic tweets.
In 2017, Dillard made derogatory comments about fellow reality TV star and transgender activist Jazz Jennings. According to People, Dillard called Jennings’ show “I Am Jazz” “an oxymoron” for being a “reality show that follows a non-reality.” He also called being transgender a “myth” and said “gender is not fluid; he is ordained by God ”.
Dillard later said on Twitter that he believed Jazz was “being taken advantage of, as part of a larger agenda,” but he repeatedly cheated on her in the process.
Following his comments, TLC made a statement announcing that Dillard would no longer appear on the network, including the Jill Duggar spinoff show, “Counting On.”
“We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard hasn’t been on ‘Counting On’ for months and the network has no plans to feature it in the future,” the network said. “We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the opinions of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.”
Then in May 2018, TLC tweeted about one of their shows, “Nate & Jeremiah by Design,” featuring Nate Berkus, her husband Jeremiah Brent and their two children.
“What a family parody,” Dillard written in response to TLC’s tweet. “It is sad to see how blatant the liberal agenda is, as it both highlights and celebrates such a degrading lifestyle for children on public television as if it should be normal.”
After receiving negative reactions for the tweet, the father-of-two defended his comments, saying, “They affect this poor child, as well as the perversions celebrated. If it was adultery, I doubt that one network would focus reality so quickly as if everything was fine. “
“I’m not denigrating people, I’m just calling the public agenda at stake and how a network chooses what it highlights,” he continued.