JOSH’S STUNT TO GET BACK ON TV

In Touch (USA) - - In the know -

Josh Dug­gar re­vealed via his fam­ily’s web­site on May 27 that he and wife Anna, 27, are in mar­riage and fam­ily coun­sel­ing. “It is a long road to re­build trust and a healthy re­la­tion­ship [but we’re tak­ing] im­por­tant steps to­ward heal­ing,” wrote Josh, 28. But In Touch has learned that the dis­graced Dug­gar had mo­tives for open­ing up. “This is a ploy by Josh to get back onto TV. He’s hop­ing this will show ev­ery­one he’s taken real steps to deal with his prob­lems,” says a source close to the for­mer 19 Kids and Count­ing star, whose show was can­celed by TLC last July, shortly af­ter In Touch broke the news that as a teen he had re­peat­edly mo­lested five fe­male mi­nors, in­clud­ing four of his sis­ters. Then in Au­gust, he con­fessed to adul­tery and a porn ad­dic­tion, which led to a six-month stint in a faith-based re­hab fa­cil­ity. And while he’s been work­ing as a used-car sales­man since his March re­lease, says the source, Josh be­lieves an­other re­al­ity show “is the only way he’s go­ing to be able to make a proper in­come” for his fam­ily: wife Anna and kids Mack­ynzie, 6, Michael, 4, Mar­cus, 2, and Mered­ith, 10 months. Josh could be in for a rude awak­en­ing. While he might have his fam­ily fooled,” adds the source, “the pub­lic isn’t as trust­ing.”

“Josh is re­al­iz­ing that his fa­ther, Jim Bob, can’t keep sup­port­ing him fi­nan­cially for the rest of his life,” says a source close to him.

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