Designer Nate Berkus Takes High Road After Attack By Derick Duggar

Jeremiah Brent (L), daughter Poppy and Nate Berkus (R)
(Image via Twitter)

Out interior designer Nate Berkus’ and his partner Jeremiah Brent have a new show on TLC called Nate & Jeremiah By Design.

In only three episodes, the telegenic couple has already developed a wide audience.

But after the cable network shared a photo of Nate and Jeremiah with their daughter Poppy, former TLC personality Derick Duggar (remember the Duggars???) had a big problem calling them “a travesty” and lamenting the “perversions” being exposed to their child.

However, Nate responded on Twitter, taking the high road:

The next episode of Nate & Jeremiah By Design airs tonight at 9:00 PM EST on TLC.

TLC’s “Married By Mom And Dad” Looking To Feature LGBT Family

The TLC series “Married By Mom And Dad” (in which parents helped their son or daughter find a husband or wife) is back for Season Two, and the producers want to make the show even more diversity by featuring an LGBT family – whether that be LGBT parents helping their adult child find love, or a LGBT child asking their straight parents to help.

From TLC:

Did you ever think about using your parent’s expertise (After all, who knows you better than them?) to help you find the match of your dreams? Well TLC’s hit show “Married By Mom and Dad” is here to help!

Your parents will help you meet great potential matches, and THEY decide who is the best match for YOU! If you’ve been having trouble getting hitched by yourself, why not see if it works out with someone your parents choose instead?

If you are interested in finding out more, please submit the following to MBMDS2@gmail.com:

1. Name
2. Age
3. Location (City and State)
4. A Recent Photo of Yourself
5. A brief paragraph describing your dating troubles and why now is the time for you to get married. Also, please describe your personality and what you are up to in your life these days, including your occupation and social life.

TLC Officially Cancels Scandal-Ridden “19 Kids and Counting”

TLC has officially announced the cancellation of the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” featuring the scandal-ridden Duggar family.

“We spent the past month and a half in thoughtful consideration about what is the best way forward here,” said Marjorie Kaplan, group president of TLC, Animal Planet and Velocity networks.

In a move to redirect the attention and public outcry, TLC also announced it has teamed with two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.

The multi-platform initiative will begin with a one-hour, commercial-free documentary likely airing in late August, the network said. It will include the participation of Jill and Jessa Duggar, two of the sisters Josh Duggar touched inappropriately, as well as other survivors and families affected by such abuse.

“We took it as an opportunity to step further than just ‘How do we protect ourselves?’ and step into ‘How do we protect our audience and protect children?'” Kaplan said. “Our hope is to do more of that, in a way that’s thoughtful and respectful of the victims of child abuse — in the Duggar family and across America.”

TLC is partnering with Darkness to Light, whose mission is providing interested parties with techniques for protecting children from sexual abuse, and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), which describes itself as the nation’s largest anti-sexual-violence organization.

A series of reports surfaced in May regarding eldest son Josh Duggar, who had apparently molested his sisters and others 12 years ago while still a teen.

During the run of “19 Kids” the Duggar family presented itself as morally superior due to their “Christian” lifestyle, and had openly campaigned against civil rights for LGBT Americans.

Just a few weeks ago, a non-Duggar family member was reported to be preparing a civil suit against Josh Duggar for the alleged molestation.

Teen Transgender Activist Gets TLC Television Series

Fourteen year old Jazz Jennings has been a strong voice for the transgender community for years.

Diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of 5, she found the courage to live her life authentically early in life.

And now, Jazz will share her journey in a new docu-series for TLC network.

The unscripted, 11-part series will be produced by This Is Just A Test and is set for a premiere date of summer 2015.

Called “All That Jazz,” the show will document Jenning’s journey as she navigates life as a transgender teen.

“We know that families come in all shapes and sizes, but at their core, they are all about love, acceptance, and support. Only TLC can tell this family’s story in way that celebrates and demystifies difference in an effort to help create a world without prejudice,” Marjorie Kaplan, Group President, TLC & Animal Planet, said in a statement.

News Round-Up – February 20, 2015

Eamon and Colin Farrell

Some news stories you might have missed:

• Colin Farrell used to kick the sh*t out of his gay brother’s bullies. Go Colin!

• A Tennessee woman is charged with beating her son for acting “feminine and gay”

• Walmart has announced plans to raise their minimum wage to $10 an hour. In other news, hell has frozen over…

• Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert says the best way to deal with ISIS would be a “strategically placed nuclear weapon.” He doesn’t include a plan to deal with the nuclear fallout that would affect allies like Israel.

• Sen. Marco Rubio has missed a greater percentage of votes over the course of his career than anyone else currently in the U.S. Senate

• The government of Chile has announced it will end formal opposition to marriage equality

• Newsflash – new study shows attractive guys tend to be jerks

• TLC raises over $430,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to produce their next album

Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas and Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins of TLC

New TLC Special: “My Husband’s Not Gay”

This January TLC Network will debut a new special that follows four men who are attracted to men but look to marry women:

The show focuses on three married couples: Jeff and Tanya, Pret and Megan, and Curtis and Tera. Joining the cast is 35-year-old Tom, the bachelor of the group who enjoys fishing and baseball andserved as a missionary in Long Beach.

All cast members are devout Mormons belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The special will follow the cast as they navigate life while explaining to outsiders their unique marriages.

“I get a little defensive when somebody calls my husband gay,” one wife says in the debut trailer.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think we used to call this being bisexual, which is completely fine as long as the men and their wives are in the know.

“My Husband’s Not Gay” airs at 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11.

TLC’s My Crazy Obsession: A Real Life Adult Baby

TLC introduces a real life, adult baby on an all-new episode of MY CRAZY OBSESSION premiering this Wednesday, March 21 at 10/9c.

Stanley is 31 years-old and has been completely obsessed with being an adult baby for the last eighteen years of his life. He has immersed himself into all things baby: pacifiers, baby bottles, diapers, sleeping in a crib and even eating baby food in a highchair to help him live out his fantasy of being a two year-old toddler.

MY CRAZY OBSESSION pulls back the curtains to reveal some of the nation’s most extreme and unique obsessions. The series takes viewers behind-the-scenes of homes that are dedicated entirely to the owners’ infatuation with various objects, people, or lifestyles.