After weeks in limbo stemming from revelations of sexual misconduct by one of its stars, the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting" is officially dead.
TLC is not moving forward with an 11th season of "19 Kids" featuring the Duggars, whose show "will no longer appear on the air," the network said Thursday.
"We spent the past month and a half in thoughtful consideration about what is the best way forward here," said Marjorie Kaplan, group president of TLC, Animal Planet and Velocity networks
In a move to redirect the attention and public outcry, TLC also announced it has teamed with two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.
The multi-platform initiative will begin with a one-hour, commercial-free documentary likely airing in late August, the network said. It will include the participation of Jill and Jessa Duggar, two of the sisters Josh Duggar touched inappropriately, as well as other survivors and families affected by such abuse.
Tutu's daughter urges quieter profile
It's time for retired archbishop Desmond Tutu to begin saying no to public events in order to conserve his health, his daughter said Thursday, as the Nobel laureate remained hospitalized for a persistent infection. Tutu, 83, was admitted to a Cape Town hospital on Tuesday where he is receiving an "intensive course" of antibiotics to fight a "stubborn infection," the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said earlier in a statement. "We are confident that he will recover well from the treatment," Tutu's daughter, Mpho, said in a televised news briefing. Tutu's illness is not related to prostate cancer, for which he has been treated for years, Mpho Tutu said.
released: Top Pakistani model Ayaan Ali was freed from a high-security jail near the capital Thursday, four months after she was caught trying to fly to Dubai with half a million dollars in cash stashed in her luggage, a defense lawyer said. Ali, 21, has been in the custody since March when authorities nabbed her at the VIP lounge of Islamabad's airport. Under Pakistani laws, no one can carry over $10,000 on a flight, but authorities found $506,800 tucked into her luggage.
debut: Bruce Willis' daughter is beating her famous dad to Broadway. Producers of the long-running musical "Chicago" said Thursday that Rumer Willis, recently named "Dancing with the Stars" winner, will make her Broadway debut in August as Roxie Hart. Her dad will be making his Broadway debut in "Misery" starting in October.