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'19 Kids and Counting': Duggars talk miscarriage, new season

February 14, 2012 |  2:01 pm

Michell and Jim Bob Duggar

The Duggars of "19 Kids and Counting" made their first public appearance following the miscarriage of their 20th child Tuesday morning on "Today."

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar appeared -- without their 19 children -- to promote the season premiere of "19 Kids," which airs Tuesday night on TLC. The premiere episode of the show's ninth season will deal with Michelle's December miscarriage of their 20th child, Jubiliee Shalom, and the aftermath -- a tough subject for a show that usually dwells on the joys of parenting.

Despite the miscarriage, Michelle told "Today" in the green room that "I would do it again."

Ann Curry, ever the hard newswoman, couldn't let the whole interview go by without bringing up a recent case in which a woman allegedly attempted to extort money from Discovery, TLC's parent company, claiming she had scandalous photographs of the Duggars' niece, Amy, with a much older man. The woman has since been arrested.

Jim Bob addressed the question, saying, "It ended up she just had some picture of this guy that Amy knows -- it's a family friend. They're standing beside each other. The pictures were of no substance at all. I guess she had some mental issues. We pray she can get her life straightened out."

As Curry noted, the Duggars left their kids at home for this trip to New York and planned a romantic Valentine's Day in the city. Will this trip result in another addition to the Duggar clan? Stay tuned.


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Photo: Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar pose with their 19th child, Josie. Scott Enlow / TLC