John David Duggar: First in His Family to Quit Reality TV?!

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In recent weeks, there's been much talk of the small-scale rebellion taking place within the Duggar family.

Fans seem to be convinced that it all started when Jinger Duggar began wearing pants in direct defiance of her family's famously strict dress code.

John David Duggar: A Photo

According to this increasingly popular narrative, other Duggar kids then followed in Jinger's footsteps.

Among them? The newly-engaged Josiah Duggar, who - according to a source close to the family - is widely expected to be "the next [Duggar] to bust out."

But this version of events overlooks the original Duggar rebel.

The one who's been rejecting elements of his father's lifestyle so quietly and for so long that he his insurgence went mostly unnoticed.

Do you even know who we mean? We're talking, of course, about the Silent Duggar himself, John David Duggar.

Jim Bob, John David and Josh Duggar

Even if you've been watching the family's reality shows from day one, you may not know much about JDD.

And what you do know has probably been filtered through the always-formidable Duggar PR machine:

John David is Michelle and Jim Bob's second-oldest son, the twin brother of fan favorite Jana Duggar.

From a professional standpoint, he's the most active of all the Duggars, working as a pilot, firefighter and sheriff's deputy in his free time.

And it seems it's the duties of that last post that have brought John David into conflict with his domineering dad.

Jana Duggar With John David Duggar Image

As we reported earlier exclusively, he's been at odds with the family patriarch for some time, albeit privately.

Jim Bob's efforts to control the town he lives in by purchasing both large tracts of land and politicians reportedly don't sit well with John David.

He's sworn to uphold law and order, after all.

Add to that the widespread reports that John David is disgusted by Jim Bob's greed, and you have a recipe for a legitimate family feud.

It's not hard to see why so many are convinced the 28-year-old has already begun distancing himself from his family's social media empire.

John David and Jana Duggar Photo

Interestingly, in a recent interview, John David has confirmed that he will appear in the new season of Counting On, which premieres this summer.

But he would not comment on his future on the show beyond that.

Instead, when asked about his future, he mostly focused on faith and family. John David remarked:

“Future plans would be to, I think, one day, you know, the Lord will bring the right one along, and I’ll start a family."

"I'll hopefully be able to invest in their lives and raise up a generation that will be great people for this society."

The comment has fueled speculation that John David is courting, though we cannot indepedently confirm that he is (or isn't).

If true, that may have influenced his decision to be the first in his family to willingly leave the world of TLC behind.

Whatever the case, we wouldn't be surprised in the least if John David is actually the first to "bust out" on his own.

As always, you can watch Counting On online for more on reality TV's largest and most controversial family.

There's never a dull moment. Well, actually, there are a lot of dull moments, but also some intriguing storylines.

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