Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar: “As Parents We’re failures”; Jill & Jessa Two Of Josh’s Molestation Victims
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are sitting down with Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly on Wednesday in their first interview since a 2006 police report surfaced on May 20 which alleged that their eldest son, Josh, had molested five underage girls as a teen.
In a promo for the interview, Michelle, 48, says that there was “so much grief in our hearts” when their son approached them to confess what he had done. “I think, as parents, we felt, ‘We’re failures.’ “
Added the 19 Kids and Counting star: “We’ve tried to raise our kids to do what’s right – to know what’s right – and yet one of our children made some really bad choices and I think, as a parent, just … we were devastated.”
In a press release sent by Fox, the network states that Kelly will also be interviewing Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard and identifies them as two of Josh’s victims.
For their part, Michelle and Jim Bob said that they were “shocked” by Josh’s “mistakes”: “Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family.”
Kelly told PEOPLE that she intends to ask “some of the harder questions” but has agreed that one topic will remain off-limits: “They do not want to talk about the details of the molestation, and I understand that as the parents of those involved, and that’s fine.”
Kelly’s interview with the Duggars will air on Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. Additional portions will also air during a one-hour special on Friday at 9 p.m. ET.
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