Often when the fine denizens of the internet are spewing invective against reality stars in some sort of online forum the phrase “get a real job” is bandied about.
Far be it for us to defend the Kardashians and Snookis of the world — people who could buy and sell us despite never having set foot in an office in their adult lives — but life as a reality star can actually be quite demanding.
And as the Duggar family is now learning the hard way, it’s particularly tough on young people.
According to a new report from Radar Online, the Jim Bob and Michelle’s offspring have essentially formed a union.
Their sole demand?
No more round-the-clock filming.
Yes, apparently, the Jana, Jill, Jessa, et al. are fed up with living their lives in the presence of a camera crew.
They don’t want to give up the gig entirely, mind you — it still beats the hell out of punching the clock at a 9 to 5, after all — they’re just sick of feeling like slaves to Counting On‘s demanding production schedule.
“The kids just don’t want to be in front of the cameras 24/7,” one insider tells Radar.
“They have a big break in between filming to carry on with their lives.”
Apparently, the driving force behind this mini-mutiny is second-eldest son John David Duggar.
John David is currently courting Abbie Burnett, and it seems he doesn’t want his first romantic relationship to be painstakingly documented by a full camera crew.
At first, it seems, he kept his relationship on the down-low, and now that it’s out in the open, he insists that he and Abbie be allowed some time away from the cameras.
“John David kept his relationship quiet and hidden so he could enjoy time without press,” says the source.
The other Duggars, apparently inspired by his example, have reportedly also demanded more private time.
But if you’re concerned about the future of Counting On, fear not.
The insider says the Duggar kids are planning to keep working for TLC for the foreseeable future.
“They will keep doing the show for a while,” the source says.
Sounds like they have at least a few more seasons left in them.
But just to be safe, you might want to watch Counting On online while you still can.