AceShowbiz - Derick Dillard may need to consider having a permanent job from now on. The former "Counting On" star, who is married to Jill Duggar, is accused of begging fans for money after he was fired by TLC network over the weekend due to his transphobic remarks about transgender teen Jazz Jennings.
On Friday, November 10, Derick launched a GoFundMe page to raise donations for his so-called "the Cross Church School of Ministry." His donations goal is $10,000 which he said he would use "for various missions opportunities I will have throughout the year."
"This will enable me to fulfill my specific calling to ministry this year, including trips for Gospel-advancement and humanitarian work in Northwest Arkansas, North America, and abroad. The Cross Church School of Ministry is a one-year, ministry, residency experience that I believe will be a key asset in not only my vocational ministry, but also in my personal development," he added.
"Every donation is important and will enable me to be present and help others in need. Would you kindly consider making a donation? Also, I would appreciate your willingness to share this with others who may want to partner with me. Anything raised beyond my goal will go to help other students in the Cross Church School of Ministry program."
The fundraising efforts appear to have stalled out at $2,714 after three days, despite a generous donation of $2,694 from one person.
Others, meanwhile, have called out Derick for his latest fundraising campaign. "Wow truly low to be begging for money right when TLC fires you! Serves you right you bully," one Twitter user wrote. Another angrily criticized him, "I think you're a scam artist and the only reason you're asking for money is because you got fired for making fun of a teenage girl!"
Derick has previously been kicked off all of the fundraising sites that hosted his campaigns.
TLC announced in a statement on Saturday, "We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in 'Counting On' for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future. We want to reiterate that Derick's personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so."
Derick landed in hot water after he tweeted in August about Jazz Jennings, who is also a star of TLC's series "I Am Jazz", "What an oxymoron... a 'reality' show which follows a non-reality. 'Transgender' is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God."
Jazz then took to her own Twitter account to share her perfect response to Derick's controversial tweet. "Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different," the 16-year-old reality TV star wrote.
Derick, however, doesn't show remorse as he posted on Instagram on Sunday, "Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise conviction to be compassionate."