Counting On has lost another Duggar couple. Derick Dillard recently confirmed that his sister-in-law Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, are leaving the successful TLC reality show series. Their exit comes after the couple had a heartbreaking miscarriage last year. And there’s been a lot of speculation that Austin is the real reason why Joy-Anna Duggar seems to have left the family business.
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin are not the first Duggars to leave the Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar show. In 2017, Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, left after the couple started a feud with TLC and Jim Bob.
For the past year, Derick Dillard has continued the social media feud. As fans of Counting On know, Derick has made shocking claims against the Duggar Patriarch and the Network. This includes the idea that Jim Bob is checking the purse strings for everyone on the show and that Counting On is basically a rebranding of 19 Kids and Counting.
Derick Dillard says he’s working on a revelation about his time on the show and that the book will reveal the family’s dirtiest secrets.
Until then, Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar are doing their best to overcome the family drama. According to Newsweek, the former Counting On Stars are also thinking about leaving the country to focus on international missions, which has always been part of their goals.
“Our original plan, ever since our marriage, was to permanently serve on international missions in the field,” Derick Dillard shared. “So, yes, we’re definitely open to moving wherever God takes us.”
Counting On: Inside Austin Forsyth And Joy-Anna Duggar’s Departure From ‘Counting On’
With Jill and Derick no longer on the show, fans were surprised to learn that Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth had apparently moved away as well. The two did not comment on the news of their release.
The departure came a year after Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth had a tragic miscarriage. In 2019, the couple revealed that they had lost their daughter and received overwhelming support on social media from fans in the midst of their heartbreak.
Since then, the two have been busy increasing their social media presence. In addition to offering fans regular updates on Instagram, the couple have their own YouTube channel and are working on overturning homes.
While Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth haven’t said anything about their exit from Counting On, fans have speculated that he is the real reason why they decided to abandon reality TV.