DERICK Dillard has called on his wife Jill Duggar's siblings to "break free" of the Duggar patriarch Jim Bob.
In a series of comments posted on Instagram, Derick – who is bitterly feuding with Jill's parents over accusations they withheld compensation from appearances on the family’s reality show – replied to fan questions and when asked if any of Jill’s brothers and sisters will “break free” from their father's control, he replied: "I sure hope so."
Derick's comment appeared in a post shared on The Ashley Roundup but has since been deleted from the social media site.
Other comments, still available, reveal Derick calls Jim Bob "the boss" and that he is only feuding with the father of 19 and not the rest of the family.
"It has messed with my family,” he wrote of the TLC show, adding: “People should address their issues instead of sweeping them under the rug.”
He also criticized the network for allowing Jim Bob to feature heavily in the series, as it was originally sold as a spin-off focusing on the children.
On May 22, 2015, TLC suspended the series when the Duggars' eldest son Josh publicly apologized for having "acted inexcusably" following reports that he molested five girls, including some of his sisters, by fondling them.
These events occurred in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14 to 15, and prior to the beginning of the show.
Counting On premiered seven months later.
"I don’t understand why [19 Kids & Counting] was canceled,” shared Derick before claiming that the series is "still under [Jim Bob’s] control, and he will attack the victims if they threaten his show."
What do the Duggar family believe?
The Duggar family are devout Baptists and the show frequently discusses values of purity, modesty, and faith in God.
The Duggars avoid birth control, saying they have decided to allow God to determine the number of children they have.
All of the children are homeschooled, and access to entertainment such as movies and television is limited.
They practice chaperoned courtship, in which a couple becomes acquainted only in a group setting.
The father-of-two also claimed that Jim Bob had tried to force him to sign an NDA in 2019 but that "the truth" was more important, and that the show had "begged" Jill and Derick to return but they refused.
“We were humiliated and threatened when we first tried to not film," he added.
"Now it’s not dependent on us anymore to keep the show going because more kids got married, so it’s more OK if we quit."
Derick was fired from the show in 2017 after derogatory comments towards Jazz Jennings, another TLC star. However, he has always maintained that he left months before the incident.
Following the new season premiere, Derick has been vocal on social media against the series, and changed his bio to call himself a "reformed Counting On star."
Jill and Derick have distanced themselves further from the family in recent months, with Derick telling The Sun exclusively they are banned from the family compound when Jim Bob is not there.
Derick added: “I think he’s mainly worried about the influence we might have on his children.”
The law student continued: “Because our visitation to the Duggar house has been restricted and that is where they and their spouses hang out, we have not been able to see other family as much as we would like, so that is difficult.
“We do try to invite brothers and sisters-in-law over as much as they can come.”
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