Fox News host Megyn Kelly's interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar airs tonight.
The Duggars have been in a media spotlight for weeks since their son Josh, 27 issued an apology in response to reports that he allegedly molested up to five underage girls, some of them his sisters, as a teen in 2002-2003.
In a preview (video below) released by Fox News, Kelly asked the Duggars how they responded when receiving "shocking information" from a "young boy," presumably Josh, noted Mediaite.com.
There was so much grief in our hearts. I think as parents, we felt, "Oh, we’re failures, you know, here we tried to raise our kids to do what’s right, to know what’s right, and yet one of our children made some really bad choices," and I think as parent we were just, we were devastated.
According to Deadline.com, Josh's sisters Jill and Jessa will also appear in the interview.
There were spinoff rumors about Jill and Jessa getting their own reality TV show on TLC, which pulled "19 Kids And Counting," but Deadline.com notes: "Kelly’s interview with these two particular victims may make it tough for TLC to move ahead with any plan to wipe the ick off the franchise but salvage the audience."
In Touch Weekly, which originally broke the story, published a report today from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas via a Freedom of Information Act request; Jim Bob is referred to as "James" in the report.
In Touch Weekly notes the report stated: "James said that in March of 2002 [redacted, Josh] who had just turned 14, came to him very upset and crying ... James said that [redacted, Josh] had told him that he had been sneaking into [redacted, his sisters’] room at night and had been touching [redacted, his sisters] on the breasts and vaginal areas while they were sleeping ... Apparently all of the girls were sleeping in a common room at this time."
In a longer video clip (below), Jim Bob claimed that Josh's confessed to touching two of his sisters on top of their clothing while they slept in their room because "he was curious about girls."
Jim Bob and Michelle recalled how they talked to their girls who were not aware of the incident.
"Looking back, we did the best we could under the circumstances," Jim Bob claimed.
However, it's been reported that the Duggar parents waited over a year from the first alleged incident before notifying an Arkansas State Trooper.
Jim Bob said no more incidents happened in the girls' bedroom, but recalled another sleeping-touching-over-the-clothes incident on a couch.
Jim Bob said Josh confessed a couple of more times, but the family patriarch insisted, "This was not rape or anything like that, this was like touching somebody over their clothes. There were a couple of instances when he touched them under their clothes, but it was like a few seconds."
Jim Bob recalled that after a third confession from Josh, he and Michelle sought help from "outside folks" and "very close friends."
Kelly asked the Duggars why they didn't notify authorities the first time Josh confessed, and Jim Bob replied:
You know, I talked to somebody that worked at one of those juvenile youth sex offender facilities and he described how they actually take care of these situations down there and the success rate is not very good. And so we felt like that going from a perspective of really reaching his heart first would be important and so that's the reason we sent him down to Little Rock to work with this man.
The unidentified man, who Jim Bob mentioned, reportedly owned a home-remodeling business in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Josh worked for a few months in 2003.
When Kelly questioned the Duggars about their "legal obligations," Jim Bob claimed, "You know what, as parents you're not mandatory reporters, you are, the law allows for parents to do what they think is best for their child."
The Arkansas Department of Human Services website states: "Anyone who suspects child maltreatment may report. Some people (for example, doctors, teachers and school counselors) must, by law, report suspected child maltreatment."
Jim Bob insisted that sending Josh to Little Rock was "probably the best decision we made through this whole process" and claimed it changed his son.