Josh Duggar’s wife Anna has reportedly described the relatives who participated in Amazon Prime Video’s new exposé Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets as ‘toxic’ – as the explosive documentary sparks bitter in-fighting among the infamous reality star family.
This past week has been a wild one for the Duggars following the explosive documentary’s June 2 release, leaving some family members feeling vindicated – and others reeling.
One of those reportedly impacted by fallout from the series is 34-year-old Anna, the wife of the family’s eldest child Josh, 35, and over the years she has remained tight-lipped during her husband’s many scandals, which date back to 2015.
Currently, Josh is currently serving 12-plus years in prison on two counts of possessing and receiving child pornography – the outcome of a series of events that features prominently in Shiny Happy People.
Jed Duggar and wife Katey, both 24, are said to feel ‘betrayed’ by family members that have spoken out against their parents
Anna Duggar, 34, is pictured leaving the courthouse following her husband Josh Duggar’s sentencing on child pornography charges in spring of 2022
Josh, 35, and Anna wed in 2008 and share seven children together
Though she hasn’t watched the docuseries herself, a source close to the family told InTouch that Anna viewed the people who took part in it as ‘toxic,’ including fourth child Jill, 32, who has spoken out about the Duggars’ upbringing.
‘Josh’s wife Anna isn’t a fan of Jill. While she isn’t saying much, I hear that she doesn’t want to watch the documentary and thinks the people who participated are toxic,’ the anonymous insider told the magazine.
‘Anna’s faith has been tested enough… but her faith is all she has,’ the source added.
‘She’s still trying to cope with what Josh did.’
Meanwhile, Jed Duggar, 24, who is Jim Bob and Michelle’s 10th kid, and wife Katey, also 24, consider Jill to have ‘betrayed’ their family.
They’re said to be taking issue with Jill and 34-year-old husband Derick Dillard’s appearance in the documentary as well as the imminent release of her tell-all memoir, Counting the Cost, in early 2024, which features him as a co-author.
‘Jill’s brother Jed and his wife Katey want nothing to do with her or Derick,’ a source told InTouch.
Jed, who shares two kids with Katey, also appeared to shade Jill in liking less-than-supportive comments on an Instagram she posted earlier this week announcing the book.
By speaking out in Shiny Happy People and through an upcoming tell-all memoir, Jill Duggar, 32, and her husband Derick Dillard, 34, have prompted backlash from some of her relatives
Jinger Duggar, 29, has been among the more outspoken kids of Jim Bob and Michelle
One in particular read: ‘I can’t help but feel bad for your parents. I cannot imagine my children writing tell-all books about family. Here’s the thing Jill, NO family is perfect. Not one. And yes, while most do not have reality TV shows, you would also not have the opportunity to profit from your story.’
Many replies to that comment indicate that Jed had also posted, then subsequently deleted, a heated rejoinder of his own.
Whatever his comment, it seemingly incited a small backlash.
One Duggar-critic responding in turn: ‘@jed_duggar what a disgusting comment. How tf do you NOT have your sister’s back here? No, Jed. The true shame is on YOU. Absolutely pathetic. I hope your wife recognizes the behaviour (sic) you find acceptable is abuse, and leaves you’re (sic) pathetic existence for someone better.’
Elsewhere in the Duggar-verse, Jinger, 29, admitted to People that she had been anticipating an ‘interesting’ response from her family at large following the docuseries’ release on June 2.
The Becoming Free author correctly anticipated ‘a variety of responses, for sure’ in the wake of the premiere.