Derick Dillard Says His Anti-Trans Remarks Aren’t About Jazz Jennings
UPDATE (1/11/18 at 11:56 a.m. ET):
Derick Dillard wants us to believe he has nothing against Jazz Jennings.
The former Counting On star made many transphobic remarks seemingly directed towards the I Am Jazz star last year, but now he’s saying they were never about her.
“Jazz did nothing to him to deserve the trash talking she received. So try again. Judge others like he does & you’ll be judged the same,” one user wrote on Twitter.
None of anything I said was directed at Jazz.— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) January 5, 2018
Derick responded, “None of anything i said was directed at Jazz.”
UPDATE (12/20/17 at 10:44 a.m. ET):
Derick Dillard is making it very clear he wasn't fired from TLC's Counting On, but rather that it was his decision to leave.
Now, he's also letting it be known that his wife, Jill Dillard, won't appear on future episodes, either.
The Arkansas dad hopped on Twitter to answer some fans' questions about the Dillards's future on the show, reiterating again and again that it was his decision, not the network's, for them to part ways after his anti-trans remarks about I Am Jazz star Jazz Jennings.
Unbelievable whats considered newsworthy these days, but then again, this is how I first heard that I was fired. For the record, I was never fired. I just felt it best for my family to cut ties months ago, as we are heading in a different direction. https://t.co/XUFD3i5arjDerick Dillard (@derickmdillard) December 15, 2017
Yes, Im no longer doing it, but nowhere did they say that I was fired. Big difference. You cant be fired from somewhere you never worked.Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) December 18, 2017
Im using these two statements (from TLC and Fox) to prove that I was never fired, as some others have accused. TLC most likely just felt it was a good time to say something for PR reasons, but they couldnt say I was fired because they never had any formal relationship with me.Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) December 18, 2017
CorrectDerick Dillard (@derickmdillard) December 18, 2017
Counting On is officially returning for another season next year, but we guess we'll be down two Duggars (plus two Duggar kids) when it does!
Read on for more on Derick's alleged firing and his comments against Jazz.
UPDATE (12/19/17 at 9:09 a.m. ET):
Let the game of he said/she said begin!
Back in November, TLC announced they cut ties with Derick Dillard after he made some transphobic slurs against I Am Jazz star, Jazz Jennings.
But now, Jill Duggar's husband insists he left Counting On on his own merit.
"For the record, I was never fired," the dad of two tells Radar Online. "I just felt it best for my family to cut ties months ago, as we are heading in a different direction."
A source backs up his claim that "they had planned to move on for quite a while," so we guess all is well that ends well?
Meanwhile, Counting On will return for another season — sans Jill and Derick, we guess — early next year.
Read on for details on Derick's tweets about Jazz, TLC's statement, and more!
UPDATE (12/7/17 at 12:09 p.m. ET):
Losing his TV job over anti-trans comments hasn't exactly made Derick Dillard lose his voice.
TLC cut ties with Jill Duggar's husband after he made transphobic remarks against network-mate Jazz Jennings, and now, he's at it again.
Though this time the dad of two doesn't call out the I Am Jazz star by name, he shared a video on his official Facebook page in which kids are being taught about gender fluidity and identity.
He calls it "child abuse."
"How unfortunate what children are subjected to in the name of progressive understanding," he adds.
For more on Derick's firing — and the dire financial situation it's caused his family — keep on clicking.
UPDATE (11/14/17 at 11:00 a.m. ET):
Derick Dillard's recent firing from TLC seems to be hitting him hard, at least financially.
Jill Duggar's husband has started a GoFundMe page after news broke that he'd been fired from the network after making transphobic comments against I Am Jazz star, Jazz Jennings.
And what he's raising money for is pretty ironic.
According to the GoFundMe, the 28-year-old is hoping to raise $10K to help pay for his upcoming ministry missions.
“I am currently serving through a program at my home church, called the Cross Church School of Ministry! I am so excited about this incredible opportunity for further ministry development, and I would like to invite you to share in this excitement with me,” he wrote.
“I started a fundraiser on gofundme to raise the funding I need for various missions opportunities I will have throughout the year. I have a donations goal of $10,000. This will enable me to fulfill my specific calling to ministry this year, including trips for Gospel-advancement and humanitarian work in Northwest Arkansas, North America, and abroad.”
If you want to help Derick's cause, by all means, but keep clicking for more on his firing and the Counting On drama.
Original story (11/13/17 at 9:19 a.m. ET):
We guess we can't end the year without another huge Duggar scandal.
This time the hooplah is regarding Jill Duggar's husband Derick Dillard, with whom TLC has officially cut ties after his second string of transphobic comments against trans network-mate, Jazz Jennings.
The dad of two first made some transphobic slurs against the teen in August, saying being transgender is an "oxymoron" and a "myth."
“A ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality,” he tweeted. “‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”
But for some reason the religious dude decided to come for the Florida gal again, this time tweeting mean things about her — and referring to her as "him."
“I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child,” he tweeted (and deleted).
“It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on tv these days."
Jazz's show, I Am Jazz, focuses on her life as a trans teen and the obstacles she faces as a result, even tackling the possiblity of her getting "bottom surgery" on the most recent third season.
Most fans sided with the 17-year-old in Derick's rant against her, as did their parent network, TLC.
In a statement, the network confirmed they've cut ties with Derick ever since the original comments he made in the summer, and they don't plan to stop telling Jazz's story anytime soon.
“We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future," they said of the Duggars' family show.
"We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.”
Jazz, as always, is keeping it classy and not letting one dude's hatred get her down.
In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with loveJazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) November 11, 2017
This girl is wise beyond her years!
Meanwhile, the future of Counting On remains uncertain — we're still awaiting a season pick-up on it — and Derick continues to dig himself deeper and deeper, whether he's making questionable parenting choices with his two sons, Israel and Samuel, or hinting via bible verses that he's cheating on his wife, Jill.
But even if the docu-series does return, it's comforting to know Derick won't be a part of it.
Do you think TLC made the right choice in cutting ties? Are you #TeamJazz? Share below!