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Josh Duggar, Wife Welcome 4th Child in Wake of '19 Kids' Cancellation

Less than a week after TLC officially canceled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting," another Duggar baby was born.

Josh Duggar, who admitted to molesting several young girls, including his own sisters, welcomed daughter Meredith Grace on Sunday alongside wife Anna.

The latest addition to the Duggar clan weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and joined her two brothers, Michael, 4, and 2-year-old Marcus, as well as 5-year-old sister Mackynzie.

While that's good news for the family, Meredith's birth comes at a dramatic time for the Duggars.

Two months after TLC pulled reruns of "19 Kids and Counting," which chronicled the day-to-day lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, the network officially canceled the series on July 16.

That decision comes after Josh Duggar's molestation revelations became public, prompting not only a public outcry but also a mass exodus from advertisers. In fact, according to the Washington Post, more than 20 brands stated publicly that they had no interest in advertising with the show.

"After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with '19 Kids and Counting,'" the network announced in a statement. "The show will no longer appear on the air."

Josh has since resigned from his job as the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group, as well as apologized for his actions:

"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," Josh said in a statement to People. "I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."

The Duggars released their own statement about the show's cancelation:

"Today, TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of '19 Kids and Counting.'

"Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one-hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God.

"We are so thankful for our film crew that has shown up at our house for over a decade. They have become like family to us. They have invested their time and energy into our lives and have been so loving and patient. We love and appreciate them so much!"

They also thanked their fans before addressing the scandal that prompted the cancellation:

"With God's grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become."

In fact, TLC is partnering with the family one more time to directly address the molestation and offer a broader look at childhood sexual abuse, according to the Post.

The network will air a commercial-free documentary, which the network states will "include Jill (Duggar) and Jessa (Seewald, nee Duggar) and other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse."

"We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many," the Duggar statement reads.

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