Jill Duggar Dillard revealed that her father Jim Bob Duggar once suggested sending her husband Derick Dillard to rehab — after having just one beer with dinner.
The bizarre story was revealed in his recently published book: Counting The Cost. The former reality TV star revealed what it was like growing up in the public eye and in an ultra-conservative Christian household.
Jill and her siblings rose to fame on the TLC show, 19 Kids And Counting, a television series that aired in 2008 that followed parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar as they raised their large family in Arkansas.
It lasted seven years and was canceled in 2015 after their eldest son Josh admitted to molesting four of his sisters.
Jill, who is now a mother of three, also featured in a spin-off about her and her sisters called Counting On, but left the show in 2017.
Jill Duggar candidly revealed how appearing on reality shows almost destroyed her marriage to husband Derick Dillard.
She gave insight into her upbringing and life on the series, as well as her childhood in a controversial church, the Institute for Basic Life Principles, in her memoir.
In her memoir, co-written with her husband Derick Dillard and writer Craig Borlase, and released Tuesday, she provides insight into the trials and tribulations the family faced growing up on television.
She also spoke about growing up in a strict fundamentalist Christian family and being a member of the Fundamentals of Life Institute.
The 32-year-old also opened up about how the show affected her relationship with her family and husband, sharing stories about their conservative upbringing.
In one story, Jill recalled the bizarre time her father offered to send her husband to rehab after accusing him of being an alcoholic because he drank a beer at dinner.
She recounted Jim Bob hearing that Derick, 34, had had a beer — something that was forbidden in her family when she was a child — and the confrontation that followed.
“Pops had gotten in touch shortly after and offered to send Derick to the same rehab center that Josh had been attending, in the hopes of curing Derick’s obviously raging alcoholism,” she explained.
She said her husband quickly declined the invitation and noted that they posted a photo of themselves having dinner with a piña colada next to her, to which Jim Bob made no comment. comment.
“Since he had never been drunk or had more than two beers in one sitting, Derick refused,” she said.
Jill also claimed that her father Jim Bob (seen with his wife Michelle) offered to send her husband to the same rehabilitation center as her pedophile brother, Josh.
Jill admitted filming the TV series almost ruined her relationship with her husband (pictured)
The dark side of the family was exposed in the Amazon Prime documentary series: Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets
Jill assured readers in the book’s foreword that this was not an attempt to “shame” her family or “get their attention.”
Instead, she said she felt like her family’s voices were still being “silenced” and that “real harm continued to be done by not saying it.”
Jill expressed her opinions about the conservative Christian upbringing she received in the IBLP organization, founded by shunned minister Bill Gothard in the 1960s.
She explained how this has impacted the way she raises her own children – including choosing to send her eldest, Israel, to public school.
“Our decision to enroll Israel in a public school represented an important step in my own journey out of the IBLP – an organization that I could finally see clearly,” she said in the book.
She described the Church as a “cult,” which thrived on a culture of “fear and manipulation,” saying her husband helped her change her view of the Church.
“Derick – who was a perfect example of how a godly man can thrive in a public school,” she said. “(He) helped me question my thinking.”
Jill had also spoken about the show’s impact on her relationship with Derick, admitting that it almost ruined her marriage and that she feared being constantly on camera would “tear them apart” – particularly after the couple be married in 2014.
Jill and Derick said they often felt pressured to make themselves available 20 hours a week for filming, she said. People in an interview, adding, “It caused a lot of frustration in our marriage.
“Especially at the beginning, when he had a certain desire to film something,” she explained. ‘I would say, ‘I hear you, I feel you, I don’t want to do what they’re asking us to do either. But we have to do it.’
Jill claims her parents Jim Bob, now 58, and Michelle Duggar, now 56, knew about the abuse and didn’t report it.
19 Kids and Counting aired on TLC from 2008 to 2015, centering on Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar as they raised their large family in Arkansas.
The now-controversial show came under fire earlier this year, following the release of Amazon Prime’s documentary series Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets.
In the series, Jill also spoke of her disgust after discovering the extreme measures taken by Jim Bob to cover up her brother Josh’s crimes, following the explosive 2015 allegations that the 35-year-old admitted to assaulting four of his siblings years ago. .
Josh was arrested for child pornography in 2021.
The allegations alleged that her own parents, Jim Bob, now 58, and Michelle Duggar, now 56, knew and failed to report the abuse — it completely shattered the picture wholesome on-screen image that the family had worked so hard to build over the decade. during their multiple TLC reality shows.
Jill also revealed that the Duggars received $18 million during their 21 seasons on television but, according to Jill, she and her siblings received no money during their time on the show.
Instead, she claimed it all went into her father’s pocket.
Following the release of Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, Michelle and Jim Bob released a statement that read, “The recent documentary about our family is sad because we see the media and those with bad intentions hurting the people we love.
“Like other families, ours has also experienced the joys and sorrows of life, simply in a very public format.
“This documentary depicts so many things in a derogatory and sensationalist way because unfortunately that is the direction of entertainment these days.”