Josh Duggar’s horrific scandal is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in exposing family’s secrets, doc producer claims
THE PRODUCERS of the upcoming Duggar docuseries have claimed that Josh Duggar’s horrific scandal is just “the tip of the iceberg.’
The newest Duggar docuseries, Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, airs in June on Prime Video.
The four-part series takes a deeper look into the secrets of the Duggar family with exclusive bombshell interviews — including Jill Duggar and her husband, Derek Dillard.
“Josh Duggar is really the tip of the iceberg,” producer Olivia Crist told People.
She continued: “There are so many thousands of families that have been hurt by this and have not had a voice, not for lack of trying, for many, many, many years.
I mean, hope, the takeaway is really hearing the survivors, hearing what they’ve been through. And then, I think also for people still in, trapped in a fundamentalist or IBLP group, that hopefully this is a chance for them to say, ‘Hey, it is possible to get out and that they’re not alone.'”
Crist also explained that Josh grew up in a home with a “lack of sex education” and “in a system that is inherently abusive.”
“I think throughout the show, we see that in so many different areas,” she admitted.
“And systems like this, that’s, unfortunately, how they’re set up with this authoritarian [notion of] ‘men have all the control and women and children have to be submissive to that control’ — I think that is just a recipe for absolute disaster.”
The TV producer said the show will go into the abuses that happened within the “cult” as well as the “educational neglect” the Duggar children went through.
Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets premieres on Prime Video on June 2.
Allegations that Josh allegedly molested several young girls in the family home first burst into public view in 2015 when In Touch published a bombshell 2006 police report investigating whether Josh had molested five underage girls.
The abuse is alleged to have taken place in the Duggar family home between 2002 and 2003 when Josh was between the ages of 12 and 15.
The victims, meanwhile, were aged between 5 and 11.
Sisters Jill and Jessa, 29, came forward as two of the victims during an interview with Megyn Kelly.
The alleged abuse often happened while they were sleeping, but sometimes victims were awake – including one victim who was allegedly molested by Josh as she sat on his lap during bible time.
Josh never faced any charges in relation to the allegations, though after the police report came to light he released a statement apologizing for his “wrongdoing.”
The statement read: “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret I hurt others, including my family and close friends.
“I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.”
The Duggar family’s smash-hit TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting was canceled in the wake of the scandal.
The family appeared on the spinoff Counting On without Josh, his wife Anna and their children.
Then in 2021, he was arrested and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography.
Though he protested his innocence, Josh was found guilty and sentenced to 151 months in prison.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.