Bringing Up Bates Family Members: Praying For the Duggars!

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Like many 19 Kids and Counting fans, Bringing Up Bates stars Gil and Kelly Jo Bates are reeling from the Josh Duggar molestation scandal.

For the UpTV twosome, based in Tennessee and longtime friends of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, there is little to say and a lot to pray for.

Bringing Up Bates Family

"We are praying for our dear friends," the couple, also the parents of 19 children, said when asked about the situation by Access Hollywood.

"We respect their privacy and have no further comment at this time."

Members of the Bates clan have appeared on 19 Kids and Counting; one episode featured Erin Bates' wedding to now-husband Chad Paine.

Erin quipped earlier this year that a Bates-Duggar romance was "almost inevitable" given how much time the giant broods spend together.

In fact, the now-married Zach Bates says he tried to court Jim Bob and Michelle's eldest daughter Jana Duggar ... only to be shot down.

The Duggars have other concerns these days, obviously.

In the week since Josh Duggar admitted he molested five underage girls when he was a teenager, the fallout has been swift and dramatic.

TLC has not canceled the program, but has taken it off its website, so people cannot watch 19 Kids and Counting online until further notice.

Hulu has yanked 19 Kids, and with big-name advertisers cutting ties left and right, the once-popular series may be axed through attrition.

Someone would have to pay to sponsor it, after all.

The issues run deeper than that, too. Beyond the financial realities that may make this a moot point, TLC feels betrayed by these revelations.

Execs are bitter that Jim Bob and Michelle did not disclose anything about Josh's past during the past 15 SEASONS ON THE NETWORK.

Thus, cancelation feels like a matter of when, not if.

With regular folks and celebs like Montel Williams and Larry Wilmore bashing Josh Duggar like it's their jobs, it's hard to imagine otherwise.

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Duggar Family Quotes

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar on saying yes (yes, and more yes) to sex