Derick Dillard said he and Jill Duggar would consider retaking Counting On – and revealed why they decided to abandon the show in 2017.
In a new interview, Derick Dillard explained what led to the couple’s departure and said they would consider coming back if they “had a say” in what was included in their contract.
Counting On: Why Did Jill and Derick Leave Counting On?
According to Derick Dillard, he and Jill Duggar weren’t compensated for appearing on Counting On. They received salaries for food and travel, but they didn’t earn a salary. Jill’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, was supposedly the only family member with a contract.
Derick Dillard said earlier that the show “was presented to us kids as something that was done as a ministry that the TLC subsidized periodically in the form of refunds for things like gas, restaurants, travel, etc., but not actual pay in addition”.
Fans have been arguing for quite some time about what the Duggars did for the shoot. Viewers assumed that the kids in the show had a share of the money, but Derick Dillard claims it wasn’t true – at least for him and Jill Duggar.
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He said he wasn’t sure if the other family members were paid. “We were strongly discouraged from talking to the other family members about payment or lack thereof,” Derick Dillard explained. He argued that because there was no compensation for the shoot, he and Jill Duggar had to rely on fundraisers for their mission trips.
The couple chose to abandon Counting On after it was clarified that they would not be paid for filming. The decision came after the couple had shared their marriage, the birth of their children and their time on the mission field in the show.
Derick Dillard said in his last interview that the couple would consider filming the show – but only if they had more say in the contract. “We would only consider filming the show if we had a say in the terms of our agreement,” he said.
Derick Dillard and Jill Dillard may not have a chance to come back, however, after Derick burned his bridges with TLC in 2017 by making transphobic comments on Jazz Jennings, the star of the I Am Jazz network show.