Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the parents at the center of the embattled TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting, sat down for an interview with Fox News's Megyn Kelly Wednesday night. The two were defending themselves against charges of having covered up their son Josh's molestation of several girls as a teenager. You can read more about the scandal here.
In the course of the interview, the Duggars confirmed that at least some of Josh Duggar's victims were his sisters. Two of his sisters, Jill and Jessa, were also interviewed by Kelly in defense of their brother. Jessa said in the interview that accusations of Josh being a pedophile are "so overboard and a lie," reports the Associated Press.
Reality TV journalist Andy Dehnart captured what might have been the interview's most baffling moment:
Michelle Duggar: "They've been victimized more by what happened in what has happened in these last couple weeks than they were 12 years ago"— Andy Dehnart (@realityblurred) June 4, 2015
You can read Dehnart's full coverage of the interview at his blog, Reality Blurred.
TLC has yet to officially cancel 19 Kids and Counting, and the interview was widely seen as a way for the Duggars to attempt to save face. Instead, the two seemed more intent on shifting blame. At one point, Jim Bob said that, legally, the pair was in the clear because parents are not mandatory reporters when it comes to charges of sexual assault.
The Duggars also minimized Josh's actions, saying that most of what happened was touching "over their clothes," though Jim Bob Duggar allowed that there were brief, under-clothes touches of "a few seconds."
You can watch clips from the interview at Fox News's website.