Duggar parents defend handling of son's molestation scandal

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Duggar Parents Felt Like 'Failures' Amid Josh Duggar Scandal

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are defending their handling of eldest son Josh's molestation of five underage girls, including four of their daughters.

In an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" Wednesday, the reality TV stars went into great detail about what exactly happened 12 years ago when Josh, the eldest son of the "19 Kids and Counting" clan, confessed to having touched some of his younger sisters inappropriately.

"There were a couple of times he came and told us what he had done," Jim Bob Duggar told Kelly of how the found out about Josh's actions. "Again this was not rape or anything like that, it was touching someone over the clothes. there were a couple of times he touched someone under the clothes, for a few seconds. Each time he came and told us crying. It was the third time that we decided we needed help."

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Duggar parents defend handling of son's molestation scandal
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Josh Duggar visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on March 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar pose during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Hilaria Baldwin (R) interviews Josh Duggar and his daughter during their visit with 'Extra' in Times Square on March 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Josh Duggar speaks during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar pose during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks in favor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
18 of the 19 members of the Duggar family pose for a photo at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfil, Ark. on Friday, May 9, 2008, after returning from a trip to New York where the announced that they are expecting their 18th child. This weekend, Duggar will join her husband and their 17 children to celebrate Mother's Day with brunch at a hotel in downtown Little Rock. Their youngest child, Jennifer, is 9 months old. Their oldest, Josh, is 20. The Duggar children include 10 boys and seven girls. Within the group are two sets of twins. (AP Photo/Beth Hall)
In this Aug. 2, 2007 file photo, Michelle Duggar, left, is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, second from left, after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark. Michelle Duggar gave birth to her 18th child, a girl named Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/ Beth Hall, File)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar pose during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Hilaria Baldwin (R) interviews Josh Duggar and his daughter during their visit with 'Extra' in Times Square on March 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, right, puts a cheese head hat on his friend Josh Duggar during their visit to Simon's Specialty Cheese in Appleton, Wis., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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"I think as parents we felt, 'We're failures,'" Michelle Duggar told Kelly in a previously released clip. "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 really bad choices. And I think, as a parent, we were devastated."

The duo, prompted by Kelly, also spent a great deal of time blaming the tabloids for spreading the story around, as well as the way Josh's sealed juvenile records detailing his actions were released illegally. The Duggars also blamed the tabloid media for re-victimizing their daughters.

The Duggars Reveal Most of Josh Duggar's Victims Were His Own Sisters

"They've been victimized more by what's happened in these past few weeks than they were 12 years ago," Michelle said, who cited the fact that most of the inappropriate touching occurred when they were asleep and they never fully understood what was happening.

The interview also featured Jill and Jessa Duggar, two of the five victims alleged to have been molested by Josh, speaking out for the first time. Jill and Jessa's interview is scheduled to air on Fox News on Friday.

TLC has pulled all currently airing episodes of "19 Kids and Counting" from the air, but has not yet outright canceled the show. Advertisers including Walgreens, Payless and Choice Hotels have already pulled out of airing spots during the show.

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