Blooper Reel from Duggar Commercial

The Duggars ham it up while filming a commercial for their new series -- 17 Kids and Counting, coming October 1st on Discovery Health:



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37 comments:

Cara Starr said...

i think they are so cute! i recently watched a re-run of one of their specials, and i can't help loving Mrs. Duggar. Even if I think they are crazy for living this life, you have to admit this family seems genuinely pleasant. I'm so curious to see the new show.

pokie said...

I won't be watching this one. No interest at all. Won't even read the blogs. The end result will be the same as LPBW and J&K8. Different cast, same ending.

ThreeFarmers said...

I think these kids are the cutest. Really adorable, well mannered, bright, and adorable group of kids.

Pastorsgurl said...

I can't wait for the show. I love Michelle she is so sweet with her children and omgosh patient.

Kris said...

I have a feeling this won't be a repeat of the Gosslins.

Why?

Because these people (the Duggars) have different values. You could see the way they acted towards each other in the yearly specials - genuine, loving, no favorites, not materialistic beyond their means, etc.

I think they will always put the well being of their children first unlike the Gosslins who appear to put their wallets first.

Anonymous said...

I hope personal feelings about the Duggars one way or the other don't take away from the main cause of GWOP/DWOP - changing child labor laws so the kids in reality shows are taken care of emotionally and also get paid for their work. This video is great proof that the kids are working for the show and being forced to follow directions from people other than their parents for the benefit of a show that will no doubt makes lots of money for TLC. They should be paid and they should not be forced to do things they don't want to do. How do we know that there aren't crying fits that were left on the cutting room floor?

*Hippie* said...

I have mixed feelings on this. I am actually surprised that they took this deal... I will watch because I think she is an incredible mom. I don't agree with everything they do, but she has the patience of a saint! It will be interesting to see if/how their personalities change as the show progresses!

Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting that the Duggar family has been used as an example to compare the Gosselins to, saying that you don't see the Duggars doing a weekly series - only infrequent updates - because they have better values and care about their kids' welfare more than the Gosselins....yadayada. I don't believe that - but I've seen it written here in comments on this blog. Now the Duggars are doing the SAME thing - they were offered a tv series and I'm sure alot of money to do it, and they're taking it for the betterment of their family. I personally don't see anything wrong with that - just as I don't see anything wrong with the Gosselins doing the same thing. But I just find it interesting that now the Duggars are doing just what people love to say they wouldn't do! They are "using" their kids the same way the Gosselins are "using" theirs. (And I put the word using in quotes because I personally don't believe either family is using their kids).

Beth said...

I agree with Kris, it is a very different family with different values they are night and day.

I don't agree with the Duggars religous point of view at all, and i think the kids are well taken care of and loved.

Cara Starr said...

i probably don't share everyone's opinion on what exactly is WRONG about what Jon & Kate are doing. But i think part of the difference between the Gosselin's and the Duggar's is that the Gosselin's have possibly sacrificed the mental and emotional well being, as well as, the social development of their children, for the sake of money. I think there is an anticipation that with the Duggars, we'll see limits, boundaries, and less preoccupation with $ at the expense of the children's sense of normalcy. a child on tv doesn't automatically equal exploitation. a child with no freedom from filming, no security of future financial gain from their "work", (among many other things), is part of the disturbing things that worry J&K+8 "fans". For whatever reason, I just can't picture the Duggars taking the WIDE road.

Anonymous said...

Whether you believe that the Duggars will set aside money from the show for their kids or not is besides the point. There's no way to know for sure what is going on with a family's finances. That is why I thought there was a push for new child labor laws covering reality shows no matter who the family was. If we pick and choose which family should be subject to advocacy based on personal feelings and beliefs than the point becomes moot and nothing will be accomplished.

In other words, if the same people advocating to Paul Peterson about the Gosselins turn around and excuse the Duggars it will look like it's all a bunch of hooey. Really, based on the majority of comments I have seen here so far I don't even see the point of having a link to A Minor Consideration on this blog.

Serena has made it clear in the question and answer section that there is no difference between the Gosselins and Duggars as far as exploiting their family for monetary gain. We should all try to respect the purpose of this blog and stop making excuses for the Duggars.

MidnightSun said...

They should be paid and they should not be forced to do things they don't want to do.

We don't know for sure that they aren't getting paid. The same can be said for the Gosselins.

Unless someone can concretely confirm that proceeds are not distributed among the children via trust funds/bank accounts, then I don't think it is fair to assume they get no money.

JMO...

Serena said...

In other words, if the same people advocating to Paul Peterson about the Gosselins turn around and excuse the Duggars it will look like it's all a bunch of hooey.

It's not "the same people" doing both things. Please remember that there are thousands of readers here and many of them participate. I can tell you that most of the comments appearing on this site, so far, do not mirror my own even closely.

I do think the Duggars are more mature and more experienced, but I think that they have now placed their children in the exact same boat that the Gosselin children are and I think that boat is in dangerous, damaging waters even if you are a Mom who has mastered the art of smiling sweetly and appearing calm, or a Dad who is media savvy.

Definitely count me out of the "enamored of the Duggars" camp. I have seen many people with the attitude that any non-Gosselin family is automatically preferable... that is not the way I see it at all.

Serena said...

We don't know for sure that they aren't getting paid.

Again, the point is that there are no laws holding Figure 8 Films or the parents accountable, or obligating them to funnel money to the children and keep it sheltered. THAT is part of the fight... along with assuring that the number of hours spent in front of a camera are limited, that their education is still taking place, etc. These are basic laws taken for granted in families with children in other areas of the business. The Duggar children deserve no less.

Anonymous said...

In this video clip, I see kids sitting in front of a camera reading a script. This looks like children working to me.

ThreeFarmers said...

In other words, if the same people advocating to Paul Peterson about the Gosselins turn around and excuse the Duggars it will look like it's all a bunch of hooey.

I absolutely think the Duggars are exploiting their children in much the same way as the Gosselins. I use the word "much" because I will have to wait and see if the Duggars also show their children on the potty, in the shower, running around in their undies or in the middle of an emotional meltdown.

The Duggar children need to be protected in the say way the Gosselins do, by legislation that sees to it that a third-party advocate oversees working conditions and verifies that the children's share of the earnings is placed in a trust.

However, I am also going to give the Duggars the same consideration I gave to J&K. I'm going to watch the first few episodes with an open mind.

Kristyn said...

I don't understand how anyone who doesn't support J&K+8 because they exploit their children see any difference in this. It's still raising their children in front of the TV cameras.

I hope the end result isn't the same but i still feel horrible that those kids will be raised in front of the spotlight--and some of the younger ones know no different life.

SpikedBat said...

I want some of that Duggar Tater Tot casserole!

Anonymous said...

How can you say the kids are exploited before the show begins? The definiton of exploitation doesn't include every child featured on television. Give them a chance before you compare them to J&K. On the Duggar specials, the younger kids have never even been a real focus.

quietlyconcerned said...

I think the children's interests should be addresed, just as for any working child actor. They need advocates, and they need trust funds set up for them. I suspect the Duggar parents would not begrudge their children that.

As far as other stressors on the children--when I look at the Duggar children I see some happy, well-balanced, hard-working and hard-playing kids. I do not see meltdowns or hitting or biting.

Granted the Duggars' approach to life and their faith is very different to life as we know it; but it seems to be a good fit for them. Isn't that what we would hope for regarding every family?

Nancy said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the Duggars are only making a small number of shows.... 10 or 12?.... contrasting that with the Go$$elins' projected 40 episodes this SEASON. So how are a handful of shows going to "exploit" the Duggar kids?

The Duggar family went on Oprah, but the show was never aired. Oprah wanted to pay for the two oldest girls to attend midwife school, but it would have meant that the girls had to live away from home. The parents felt the girls were too young to live on their own, and turned the offer down. This is SAID to be the reason the show was not aired.

I hope the Duggars do get things given to them for the kids! If they start showing plastic surgery, teeth whitening and spa days, though, I'll have to re-think how I feel about the Duggars......

Anonymous said...

quietlyconcerned said...


"As far as other stressors on the children--when I look at the Duggar children I see some happy, well-balanced, hard-working and hard-playing kids. I do not see meltdowns or hitting or biting."

In all fairness the Duggars have had a different approach to their TLC specials than the Gosselins. The Gosselins wanted their lives to portrayed more realistically, the good with the bad. (We won't debate that here, I'm just stating what they have said). The Duggars, on the other hand, have had their specials showing them as all sweetness and light complete with a hoaky sounding narrator. Those kids could be miserable little robots smiling on command for all we know. That is the magic of editing. I would never assume anyone truly is as they appear to be on a TV show, especially if they are on their best behavior for the cameras.

Anonymous said...

The Duggers let their kid interest be addressed? Yeah that is why the oldest, who expressed interest in audio visual field in on the specials, is stuck taking online courses for college for real estate which is what their parents are in instead of going to a real college. The Duggers are extremists. Even the most conservative colleges in the country or public colleges with a large number of kids with similar families and conservative views wouldn't be good enough for their kids.

Nancy: The Duggars are starting with a handful of shows because that is how many shows start out with. A network is not going to give a show 40 to being with. If the show is a hit, it could be stretched out to 40. If it is a hit, I wouldn't be suprised if it moves to TLC, too.

Anonymous said...

Kris: Parents who have their older children act like third parents to their kids instead of siblings don't put their kids first. It is a sign that you have way too many kids.

yet another Beth said...

I really do think that the Duggar's are better parents than Kon, but they are falling into the same trap by "going Hollywood" with their family. I noticed that while Michelle was being filmed, and she had Johanna (Hannie) on her lap with Jackson next to her and baby Jennifer in the swing that there were close to a dozen "takes" trying to ask what Michelle eats while she is pregnant. Although I admire Michelle's patience throughout, it did SCREAM that the children are "working". Repeatedly she asks Hannie to stop interupting, that she is trying to talk (for the cameras.) She warns her not to touch the "cords" (production equipment cords) and the whole time Hannie is just being a toddler. To have to change your behavior, as a toddler, to accomodate 12 takes for a TV show and to have to add watching out for production cords and equipment is not normal for a toddler and one should not be expected to have to make those adjustments for a TV show.

It IS exploitation. It is NOT normal and filming it to look like this is their normal life is NOT NORMAL.

dotsicle said...

It is NOT exploitation. The Duggars are filming 10 shows. The Gosselins are filming 40 episodes just this season. The Duggars are allowing the cameras to film the family temporarily. The Gosselins' show is their life, and their life is the show. Big difference. Gosselins = exploitation. Duggars = exploiting nothing, IMO.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Duggars still shop at the second hand store? I know the pioneer dresses that they wear is homemade, I wonder if there is any donated material from famous fabric stores?
Now that they have hit the big time and are now doing episodes they will have their garments donated to them from the custom designers of "Little House on the Praire" The custom makers have nothing to do since "Little House on the Praire" has been cancelled. So now the older girls will have less thing to do and they can focus on the show.

Anonymous said...

Dotscicle said: "It is NOT exploitation. The Duggars are filming 10 shows. The Gosselins are filming 40 episodes just this season. The Duggars are allowing the cameras to film the family temporarily. The Gosselins' show is their life, and their life is the show. Big difference. Gosselins = exploitation. Duggars = exploiting nothing, IMO."

The original Gosselin run was about the same. It was during that first short season that the ratings were up and the demand was such that they made the next run longer. And there is a TON of recycled footage in most episodes--so I think that there is less filming than people think. That being said, they are both using their family (including the children) for money by putting their children on TV. They get money from it, the cameras are going to be there and in their lives, etc. The only difference is the amount of time the cameras are in the house, and with the Duggars that is still an unknown quantity. They deserve as much guff as the Gosselins, IMO.

mollybloom said...

Why do the Duggars feel the need to become expanded reality TV stars? Is there something they need that they don't have? Do they now desire more luxuries than those that came with the new house? Is the Campbell soup supply running low? If so, perhaps it's time to stop having children! I saw a bumper sticker on a truck yesterday: Don't breed 'em if you can't feed 'em. Sorry, Ma and Pa Duggar, I can't support you. I have two kids I need to educate. And I like my privacy.

Anonymous said...

What so many people fail to realize is that the Duggars are doing these shows to further their political/religious agenda, plain & simple.

To those that wonder if they'll take gifts-yes, as long as it does not benefit or further the education of the girls, which is dictated by their religion. As someone commented earlier, no they did not take Oprah's gift, but not because they were too young, but because their religion dictates that women live at home until they are married off to a suitable mate. Their only goal in life is to serve men and have babies.

I welcome this show so that everyone can see the truth and their kids can be given a choice (maybe) in life.

dotsicle said...

"The only difference is the amount of time the cameras are in the house, and with the Duggars that is still an unknown quantity. They deserve as much guff as the Gosselins, IMO."

OK, well.... you can give the Duggars an extra share of "guff" because they won't get a share from ME.
Whether or not they do any shows, the Duggar family will remain the same. If the Go$$elins were to be canceled, however, it would be devastating to them because "the show is their life, and their life is the show".

Nancy said...

"...main cause of GWOP/DWOP - changing child labor laws so the kids in reality shows are taken care of emotionally and also get paid for their work...."

I am sorry, I did not know that was the purpose of this blog. I thought it was just for observations and comments. I'm not into being an activist so will just go back to lurking.

A Mom said...

"Repeatedly she asks Hannie to stop interupting, that she is trying to talk (for the cameras.) She warns her not to touch the "cords" (production equipment cords) and the whole time Hannie is just being a toddler. To have to change your behavior, as a toddler, to accomodate 12 takes for a TV show and to have to add watching out for production cords and equipment is not normal for a toddler and one should not be expected to have to make those adjustments for a TV show. "


Filming assign, but wouldn't proper parenting be to always modify a toddlers behavior when a toddler is trying to touch something they shouldn't?

This is just a question on what you consider normal toddler behavior and why it is inappropriate for the mother to correct it unless the child is being paid for their work b/c they are working.

It is normal for toddlers to explore--and often times we have to prevent them from exploring in places they shouldn't be exploring.

A Mom said...

The Duggers let their kid interest be addressed? Yeah that is why the oldest, who expressed interest in audio visual field in on the specials, is stuck taking online courses for college for real estate which is what their parents are in instead of going to a real college. The Duggers are extremists. Even the most conservative colleges in the country or public colleges with a large number of kids with similar families and conservative views wouldn't be good enough for their kids."

It is common for parents in general to guide their children in the ways they should go into adulthood--including career.

As a graduate with a degree in the field of which Josh had an interest..my first full time job with benefits was $5 an hour which was low even at the time I had it.

Having him go into a more sound field to earn a more livable income is wise parenting advice.(even in today's economy, realtor's can be busy--I have a friend who is very busy in a very poor market due to all of the foreclorsures).

At any point he can pursue the AV interest to see if he can get anywhere with it--but just b/c it involves tv production doesn't make it a good living.

I loved the field, but I had to make a realistic choice. I left it to pursue higher pay in yet another field in order to support myself.

We can't always do what we love--but just b/c we pursue the responsible doesn't mean we always have to not do what we love.

And my kids express interests in lots of things--the interests do not always translate into career interests. It doesn't mean that the parents steered him away from it.

ChristineH said...

The difference between the Duggars and the Gosselins is that the majority of the Duggar children are older and therefore were most likely consulted as a family as to if they show do a regular series or not.
I think Jim-Bob has a better grasp on his family than John Gosselin has on his.
17 (or is it 18 now?) children. That's A LOT of expenses. I don't blame them at all for finally deciding to take TLC up the offer for a regular series instead of yearly specials.
I'm guessing they probably have a better contract and pre-conditions than the Gosselins.

I don't agree with some of the things they do. I think their whole buddy system, while necessary, is sad. The older kids (especially the girls) have added responsibility to behave more like young parents. Though I bet they are quite a responsible bunch of kids.

celticspirit said...

I have no problem with the fact that this family is able to have and raise 17 children and have puritanical values and beliefs. I do take exception to the fact that they hold themselves in higher esteem than others... this was very blatant when the cousin AMY (who is a lovely girl and complete breath of fresh air!) came over. One of the boys commented "She isn't like us, but we like her any way" The gist of that was that she wasn't as good, holy, close to God and pious as their cousins. Give me a break. That family needs to get a grip of themselves. And what was with that strange engagement? Out of nowhere you ask someone to marry you? And then need a chaperone? Where is the trust? That you might be 'impure'? Get some decent hair cuts (bad perms are out) and clothes, lose the pious attitudes.

Simply Heart And Home said...

First time poster here. I have just recently begun watching the Duggar's. I never saw any other of their shows/interviews. I think that they are exploiting their children. I've become rather curious about them and spent a good amount of time researching them. If you all do too, you will discover that it isn't all daisies and roses. You'll find things out that the Duggar's don't want public. Very sad.

Gina