We always knew this day would come.
Yes, folks, it looks as though a disgruntled member of the extended Duggar clan is finally ready to spill the tea on life with the most famous fundies on reality television!
And the timing couldn't be better.
As you may already know, Derick Dillard has been feuding with Jim Bob Duggar for at least the past few months, and now it looks as though D-Dill is planning to unleash his rage on the page with a tell-all memoir.
According to Derick, the book is already in the works -- but sadly, it won't be available in time to help you infuriate your evangelical, Duggar-worshipping relatives by leaving a few copies under the tree on Christmas Eve.
Here's what we know about the project so far:
Derick Dillard says he's working on a book about life in the Duggar clan. And since the former Counting On star is currently locked in a bitter feud with his in-laws, you can bet it won't be filled with the fawning praise for Jim Bob that usually characterizes Duggar communications with the outside world.
Derick went public with news of the book in a tweet posted early this morning.
A Sound Idea
“Dude you could make some serious bank by writing a book," a fan tweeted to Derick way back on November 13. "I know a ton of people that would buy that book pre-release! I mean, come on, you know that there is some crazy in that family!”
Taking His Time
For some reason, it took Derick three weeks to respond, but hey -- better late than never, right?
“That’s the plan, but it will take longer to write because I do most of the outlining/writing on breaks from school," Dillard tweeted on December 4.
A Strange Pattern
Waiting several weeks and then replying with inflammatory comments about his family has been Derick's M.O. in recent weeks.
Back on October 18, a fan asked Derick why Jim Bob gets “all the money for the show and doesn’t give any to his children?”
Several weeks later, Derick responded, "I don't know, you would have to ask him on that."
He Does This a Lot
Derick followed this pattern with his infamous tweet in which he threatened a lawsuit against TLC.
A Reasonable Question
“Derick, this is very troubling. 17, 18 and 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On made at least [sic] billion dollars since in production last 10 years — guarantee they made more," a fan tweeted. "Why don’t you ‘kids’ adults when on [sic] show have their own contracts? Do you know how much money these shows make?”
An Angry Response
“@TLC has issues," he eventually replied. "They begged us not to quite (sic) filming, but then didn’t want to talk directly with us about why. If money is all they care about, then it’s going to catch-up with them – you must care about ppl. All I’ve got to say is, they better lawyer-up b/c a storm is inevitable.”
Giving Away More Than He Means To?
The point is, these are not impulsive responses. Derick has been taking his time in crafting his replies, and he wants fans to know how pissed he is at Jim Bob.
Dillard is clearly not happy, and you can expect that this anger will be reflected in his book.
It's Getting Ugly
And this week brought new signs that the feud between the Dillards and the Duggars is even more intense than previously thought.
Holidays are a very big deal in the Duggar clan, and yet, it seems that the Dillards did not participate in this year's Thanksgiving festivities.
Not only that, Derick and Jill made it abundantly clear that they sat this one out by posting photos of their OWN Thanksgiving festivities.
Roasted on Thanksgiving
A photo of a roasting turkey may not seem like much of a diss, but it sent a clear message to the members of Duggar Nation -- the Dillards are declaring their independence.
A Veiled Threat
Just a few days later, Derick made his bombshell book announcement. Coincidence? We think not.
Fans know what he's doing here, and most importantly, Jim Bob knows what he's doing here.
Hard to Please
Jim Bob doesn't get along with any of his sons-in-law, but these days, Derick is clearly number one on his sh-t list.
Angry Jim Bob
In the past, he's dealt with subtle acts of defiance from the likes of Jinger and Josiah, but this is beyond the pale.
Plotting His Next Move
Jim Bob, as you probably know, is a litigious sort, and he's probably planning to put a stop to Derick's literary aspirations with a lawsuit.
But at this point, it doesn't seem that Derick is terrible intimidated by his domineering father-in-law.
The War to Come
Whatever happens, you can be sure that this situation will get uglier before it improves.
And you can be equally sure that we'll keep you posted as new information becomes available.