Jim Bob Duggar on Anti-19 Kids and Counting Campaign: Thanks For the Attention, Haters!

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Last month, a petition to have 19 Kids and Counting canceled by TLC made the rounds online, eventually amassing more than 180,000 signatures.

The Duggars responded with a counter-petition to save the show, but in all likelihood, their efforts were unnecessary, as 19 Kids remains TLC's most popular series.

As a result, it was probably never in any danger of being canceled.

Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar Photo

So perhaps Duggar patriarch Jim Bob can't be blamed for doing a victory lap, but many have complained that his online gloating is in poor taste just the same.

Critics say his defiant reaction suggests a callous insensitivity toward the groups that he initially offended, merely reinforcing his thinly-veiled disdain for them.

In an interview with Christian website The Pathway, Jim Bob addressed the efforts to have his show removed from the airwaves shortly after the petition began to circulate:

"All it has done is give us more exposure," Jim Bob said. "We gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week. God is expanding our borders through the national media."

Of course, the whole dust-up provided a passed-up opportunity for Jim Bob to clarify his family's stance on LGBT rights and defend himself against accusations of bigotry.

In that sense, it's a bit puzzling that Jim Bob chose instead to do a verbal touchdown dance, even if he clearly doesn't feel he was in the wrong in the first place.

Jim Bob and Michelle sparked controversy when they deleted pics of same sex couples kissing on their Facebook page, after inviting married fans to post such photos.

Anyway, if any publicity is good publicity, and social media popularity is the goal, Jim Bob and company certainly have reason to celebrate these days.

After nine seasons, the show that made them famous is receiving higher ratings than ever, and the Duggar family is poised to reach an even larger audience in 2015.

As always, you can watch 19 Kids and Counting online to see what all the fuss is about, and check out some of the crazy things banned by the family family below.

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