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Posted: June 03, 2015

Duggar parents felt like 'failures' amid Josh Duggar scandal


By Briana Altergott

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have given their first interview since their eldest son, Josh, was accused of molesting five underage girls when he was a teen.

"There was so much grief in our hearts. I think, as parents, we felt, we're failures," Michelle Duggar told Fox News's Megan Kelly.

>> RELATED: 5 revelations from the Duggars' Fox News interview

Three weeks after news broke that Josh Duggar had allegedly molested five underage girls as a teen, his parents sat down with Fox News' Megan Kelly to share their side of the story.

Jim Bob and Michelle said during the interview 14-year-old Josh touched four of his sisters and a babysitter inappropriately while they were asleep. (Video via TLC / "19 Kids and Counting")

And when he came to them on his own to admit what he had done, the couple admitted they didn't know what to do at first.

"This was not rape or anything like that, this was like touching somebody over their clothes," Jim Bob said.

Jim Bob and Michelle said their daughters had no idea Josh had inappropriately touched them until they were told what happened.

But they ultimately decided to remove Josh from their home to work in what they called an alternative rehabilitation program.

"I was saying, you know, Josh has done some very bad things, and he's, he's very sorry," Michelle said.

Jim Bob and Michelle said during the sit-down they have no idea if their family's show, "19 Kids and Counting," will be cancelled. But they plan to continue living their lives and move on, with or without the cameras. (Video via TLC / "19 Kids and Counting")

Even though Jim Bob and Michelle have spoken their piece, this Fox News exclusive is far from over.

"We're victims, they can't do this to us," Jill Dillard cried.

Their daughters, Jill and Jessa, also spoke with Megan Kelly about the allegations against their brother. Their interview is scheduled to air Friday night.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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