TV Star Opens Up about Her Estranged Relationship with Her Famous Father

By: ScreenGawk Staff | Published: Jan 28, 2024

Popular TV star Jill Duggar Dillard revealed she no longer has contact with her father during an appearance on a podcast.

According to the star of “Counting On” and “19 Kids and Counting”, she hasn’t spoken with her father in over a year, revealing that he had stolen most of her earnings and even jeopardized her marriage.

Duggar Family Reality Show

Jill Duggar was part of a reality show that followed the lives of her father, Jim Bob Duggar, his wife Michelle, and their 19 children. 

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and his wife Karen have lunch with members of the Duggar family of the show "19 Kids and Counting"

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Filmed in their hometown of Tontitown, Arkansas, the show “19 Kids and Counting” followed the family’s daily lives and explored their strong patriarchal Christian beliefs.

Followers of Basic Life Principles

The Duggar family abides by the Institute in Basic Life Principals (IBLP), which states wives must obey the commands of their husbands, and in turn, the husband answers to God. 

Family sit at a white table and pray together before they are served a meal

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The show ran for seven seasons until it was eventually canceled after Jim’s eldest son, Josh Duggar, was involved in a molestation scandal.

Jill Drops Bombshell on Podcast

In an interview on “The Unplanned Podcast” this past month, Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, said they haven’t spoken with her father, Jim Bob Duggar, in “over a year.”

Jill Duggar Dillard speaks during a recent edition of The Unplanned Podcast

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The interview comes four months after the release of Jill’s book, “Counting the Cost,” which brings forth various accusations against her family.

Counting The Cost

Jill’s book was released last September. Throughout the work, the reality star alleges her father tried to “weaponize” her marriage with Derick and took most of her show earnings.

Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard are pictured at “Extra” inside their New York studio

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According to Jill, she knew the release of “Counting The Cost” wouldn’t sit well with some members of her family. However, she had no intention of creating more controversy by speaking with them about the book.

Family Members Listened to Jill's Book

Speaking with “The Unplanned Podcast” hosts, Jill admits she’s heard rumors that her mother and father have read the book. 

FOX News Channel's Megyn Kelly sits down with the Duggar children of the TLC program "19 Kids and Counting"

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“I heard they listened to it on an audiobook or something. I don’t know. They’re my parents, and I’m gonna tread lightly,” she said.


Sore Subject for Certain Family Members

The reality star admits that certain portions of her book likely made members of her family feel uncomfortable. 

Jill Dillard pictured alongside her husband Derick with the hosts of the Unplanned Podcast

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“It’s kind of like when you get together at the holidays, and there are just certain things that you don’t just want to bring up,” Jill said on “The Unplanned Podcast” in January 2024. “It’s probably a sore subject.”


Toxic Family Culture

Derick Dillard, who frequently appeared on the reality show alongside Jill, spoke in an interview this past November. He claims the Duggar family’s “hierarchy” values, based on whoever had the most children, felt toxic at times. 

Derick Dillard pictured alongside his wife Jill Duggard before a formal event

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Jim Bob and Michelle encouraged their children to have as many babies as possible. Derick said the father and mother clarified, “Whoever has the most kids gets the house.”


No Money Filtering Down to Daughters

In one portion of the book, Jill mentions that at some point in the past, she realized the show and its spin-off, “Counting On,” must have been making good money, but she questioned where it was going.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar pictured together as they speak on a TV show

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Jill and her husband admit they found it strange they got little to nothing from the show and eventually decided to confront her father about it.


Treated Worse than Pedophile Brother

In her book, Jill details the day she went to her father, asking to be paid for being on the show. He instantly refused, citing the show as an opportunity to “share with the world that children are a blessing.”

Mugshot of Josh Duggar after he was arrested by federal agents in 2021

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Things got heated when Jill eventually found out that her oldest brother had been paid. In an argument with her father, she recalls shouting, “You treat me worse than you treat my pedophile brother.”


Jim Bob Finally Offers Payout

Not long after the heated engagement, Jill was shocked when her father called in all the older children and offered them a one-time payment of $80,000 for being on the show.

Two people pictured shaking hands after agreeing on a deal, which results in one accepting a cheque

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While all of her siblings were ecstatic after hearing the news, Jill and Derick remained hesitant to accept. They later found out Jim had made around $8 million. In the end, Jill settled for $175,000.


Jill Dillard Doesn’t Hold Back

In the years that followed the show’s end, Jill never held back when interviewers asked about her relationship with her parents.

Jill Dillard pictured alongside her husband Derick as they sit on a small couch and talk

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In one chapter of her book, Jills recalls a threat from her father in which he said if she “continued to attack” him in the media, she would receive no inheritance.