Screenshot via Derick Dillard/Twitter


TLC has cut ties with Duggar son-in-law Derick Dillard after he tweeted transphobic comments about one of the network’s reality stars.

The decision was sparked by public outcry following a new wave of transphobic tweets.

Back in August, Dillard made headlines when he replied to a TLC tweet about YouTuber and trans teen Jazz Jennings, saying “transgender is a myth.” Jennings also has a show on the network.

Fast forward three months and Dillard was back at it, replying to fan tweets as recently as Nov. 9 and misgendering the I Am Jazz star.

“I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him [sic] in order 2 promote their agenda,” Dillard wrote. “Including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child. It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on tv these days.”

The comments only re-ignited the outrage on Twitter, and over the weekend TLC finally released an official statement.

In a press release, the network explained that Dillard has “not participated in Counting On for months” and “the network has no plans to feature him in the future.”

TLC also announced it is “proud to share” Jazz’s story “and will continue to do so.”

For Jazz’s part, she’s taken the entire ordeal in stride:

Took her network long enough, but it got there.

Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.

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