Derick Dillard Breaks Silence on TLC Firing
Derick Dillard has something to say about his firing from TLC.
Last week, the now-former Counting On star learned that the cable network wanted no part of him, not after Dillard used multiple Tweets to slam Jazz Jennings.
Jennings is the 17-year anchor of I Am Jazz, a series that chronicles her life as a transgender teenager.
As a supposedly dedicated and devout Christian, Dillard doesn’t support such a lifestyle… and he’s been vocal about this stance on social media.
“I pity Jazz,” Dillard recently Tweeted on the topic, adding:
“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.”
This was not Derick’s first time going after Jennings, either.
“What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality,” Dillard, unprompted by anything Jazz did or said, wrote in August.
‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.
In response to one of the faces of Counting On going after another face of its network, TLC released the following statement on November 12:
We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months.
The network has no plans to feature him in the future.
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.
So that was that.
Following weeks of chatter that TLC was done with Dillard, executives made it official.
And sides were subsequently taken on Twitter:
Now, several days later, Dillard has broken his silence over his official ousting.
“Thank you to all those who have supported us and given us so many words of encouragement recently. God bless you all!”
He also Tweeted a proverb yesterday:
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)”
So it sounds like Dillard is refusing to let TLC’s decision, along with its public upbraiding, bring him down.
He’s quoting the bible and also another controversial reality show star to get him through this difficult time.
You remember what Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson once said, don’t you?
Derick apparently lives by these contradictory words; that you can find someone’s lifestyle to be sinful, yet somehow also claim you have nothing against the person living in this manner.
Members of Dillard’s own family don’t exactly agree, however.
“You might not agree with someone or their lifestyle but you SHOULD be compassionate and show God’s love regardless to everyone,” Amy Duggar Tweeted a couple days ago.
It was clear just what – or who, we should say – she was referencing with this message.
To her credit, it should be noted, Jennings hasn’t even said anything this combative in the wake of the Derick Dillard scandal.
“In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love,” she wrote shortly after Derick’s latest insult.
Dillard could learn a lot about the person he thinks is an affront to God.