Josh Duggar is missing from a photo posted Tuesday morning on the family’s Facebook account to celebrate the wedding of a close relative.
His absence was noticed by fans – who complained the reality TV show stars had caved to “haters” who criticized their handling of their eldest son’s sexual abuse of his sisters and a family friend more than a decade, reported The Daily Mail.
“I hope the duggars don’t make a habit of leaving Josh out and this was just the situation of the moment,” said fan Chantel “Paulsen” Middleton. “Don’t remove a relative for fame to support the haters, as you will lose the fans that love you for all your family values.”
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar gathered together nine of their children, less than half, for a photo celebrating the engagement of niece Amy Duggar to Dillon King.
“I love seeing photos of the family — sorry that Joshua is being left out of public photos,” said fan Angel Dean Collins. “We love him too.”
Daughter Jill Duggar, who revealed to Fox News that she was among four of the sisters molested by their eldest brother when he was a teenager, was also absent from the photo after recently leaving on a long-term overseas mission with her husband and newborn baby.
A source told The Daily Mail that Josh Duggar’s absence from the photo was noteworthy because he and his cousin, Amy, were close in age and had grown up together.
Josh Duggar, who resigned his post with the anti-LGBT Family Research Council over the sex abuse revelations and moved back to Arkansas with his pregnant wife and family, offered best wishes for the engagement on his own Facebook page.
“Please don’t leave Josh out of photos because of the haters I can tell he has changed and is a good man,” said fan Angie Riggins.
TLC has removed “19 Kids and Counting” from its broadcasting lineup but has not announced the popular reality show’s long-term future.
“Miss this show,” said fan Kay Hart. “Will miss all the births and weddings. Bring show back.”