The Downward Spiral
Shortly thereafter, it was revealed that Josh had used an account on the dating website Ashley Madison to try and locate willing partners with whom he could cheat on his wife.
A Family Affair
Fans were outraged by news that Michelle and Jim Bob had helped Josh avoid prosecution for his crimes, and there was a time when it looked as though the Duggar media empire would soon come crashing down.
The Rebuilding Effort
Only after the Duggars faced increased scrutiny and tremendous public pressure (they were briefly fired from their home network, TLC) was any action taken to try and put a stop to Josh's predatory ways.
A "Faith-Based" Solution
Fans were encouraged by news that Josh would seek treatment for a sex addiction, but most became skeptical upon learning that he would do so in a controversial facility with roots in religion, not science.
Persona Non Grata
After Josh's release, the Duggars assured viewers that he would not appear in their new TLC series, and fans noted that he seemed to disappear from the family's official social media accounts.
Gradually, however, the Duggars began to post photos of Josh and his family on Facebook, and the reaction from fans was decidedly mixed.