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The heads of the Duggar clan have called out the 'media' for its 'ill-intentions' with an upcoming documentary they say is 'derogatory and sensationalized.'
Jim Bob, 57, and Michelle Duggar, 56, released a statement on Thursday ahead of the premiere of Amazon Prime's 'Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets,' which purports to 'expose the truth beneath the wholesome Americana surface of reality TV's favorite mega-family.'
It will feature the family's fourth-eldest child, Jill, telling how her father stopped his children from being paid for their participation in the family's lucrative TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, and will uncover the extreme length's her dad took to try to cover up Josh Duggar's molestation of his own sisters.
But the parents of the reality television family now say the documentary will hurt those they love, as they insist they care for each one of their children.
Jim Bob, 57, and Michelle Duggar, 56, (pictured) slammed 'the media' for its 'ill-intentions' with an upcoming documentary they say is 'derogatory and sensationalized'
In a statement on Thursday, the couple claimed an Amazon Prime docuseries about their lives will hurt people they love
In their statement, posted to the family's website, Jim Bob and Michelle said the documentary 'is sad because in it we see the media and those with ill-intentions hurting people we love.
'Like other families, ours too has experienced the joys and heartbreaks of life, just in a very public format,' the couple began.
'This "documentary" paints so much and so many in a derogatory and sensationalized way because sadly that's the direction of entertainment these days,' they continued.
'We have always believed that the best chance to repair damaged relationships, or to reconcile differences is through love in a private setting. We love each member of our family and will continue to do all we can to have a good relationship with each one.
'Through both the triumphs and the trials, we have clung to our faith all the more and discovered that through the love and grace of Jesus, we find strength, comfort and purpose,' the celebrity couple concluded.
Their statement came just hours before the release of 'Shiny Happy People' on Amazon Prime, and shortly after Jill, 32, announced she is also writing a tell-all book about 'the secrets, manipulation, and intimidation' that she experienced behind the scenes of the hit reality show.
Amazon Prime's 'Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets' purports to 'expose the truth beneath the wholesome Americana surface of reality TV 's favorite mega-family
In a trailer for the new show, the couple's fourth-eldest child, Jill, said: 'There's a story that's going to be told. And I would rather be the one telling it.' She is seen in the trailer with her husband Derick Dillard
The docuseries, which is to be released Friday, will feature several members of the Duggar, including Jill and husband Derick Dillard as well as Amy and spouse Dillon King.
In a trailer for the new show, Jill could be seen saying: 'There's a story that's going to be told. And I would rather be the one telling it.'
Her sister, Jessa, 30, who was one of the few remaining older siblings known to have maintained a good relationship with her parents, is also seen in the trailer, looking downcast.
'World domination was the goal,' an unidentified man told the camera in the teaser, while discussing IBLP.
Someone else added: 'The IBLP teachings aren't Christianity. They're something completely different.
'The biggest feature of Bill Gothard's teachings is authority. Kids obey the parents and wives obey their husbands. Everyone obeys Bill Gothard.'
'He turned every father into a cult leader and every home into an island,' said another person.
It also seems that the docuseries will delve into Josh Duggar's child pornography charges. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison back in 2019.
Years prior to his arrest,