The Bates Family‘s reality show has been suddenly yanked from UPtv, leaving the Fundie family’s fans wondering why.
UPtv— the network that has aired the family’s reality show, Bringing Up Bates, since 2015— announced on Tuesday that is suddenly scrapping the show. The 11th season, which was already filmed and due to begin airing in February, will remain unaired.
In a statement posted to the show’s official social media accounts, UPtv provided a vague reason for suddenly cancelling the the show, revealing that ‘Bringing Up Bates’ no longer fits with the network’s programming focus. Many of the show’s fans, though, voiced their concern that there was something else going on to cause such a sudden and drastic change in programming.
“We will not be premiering ‘Bringing Up Bates’ Season 11 on UPtv as planned as we will be focusing our programming in 2022 on movies and a new scripted series to be announced soon,” read a statement issued to Us Weekly.
The statement also made it sound like the show had outgrown its original premise, now that many of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates‘ 19 children are adults with families of their own. (However, the adult children’s weddings, engagements and baby announcement made up a good amount of the show’s content, and several engagements, births and weddings had already been filmed for Season 11.)
“When we premiered ‘Bringing Up Bates,’ the series was focused on parents with 19 kids who were teenagers and young children,” the network’s statement reads. “The cameras were there to capture the love, laughs and big life moments, as the family continued to grow. Thank you to Gil and Kelly Jo Bates for welcoming viewers into your family’s home over the past ten seasons.
“Thank you to the fans who tuned in every Thursday night to be part of the journey. We’re looking forward to continuing to uplift you with our programming in the future.”
The last episode of ‘Bringing Up Bates’ aired on June 24, 2021, but UPtv announced in September that the show had officially been renewed for the eleventh season. In fact, Season 11 had already been given a premiere date of February 10, so fans were shocked that the show was cancelled so suddenly.
When the show was renewed in September, the network’s vice president of content strategy and programming, Hector Campos, made it clear that ‘Bringing Up Bates’ was doing well in the ratings.
“’Bringing Up Bates’ continues to outperform its prior seasons in the ratings because the Bates are beloved by our viewers and fans who watch the series weekly and engage with the family on social media,” he said in a statement released in September.
While the Bates have not yet (as of press time) posted anything about the cancellation, they have issued their own statement to Us Weekly. The wording of the statement made it sound like the Bates Family did not find out about the cancellation until recently.
“As the next year begins, our family will be experiencing a lot of new changes. One of the biggest changes for us is that the network will be moving toward producing more scripted family shows and will not be renewing a contract to film new ‘Bringing Up Bates’ episodes,” the family’s statement reads. “We realize God’s timing is always perfect, and we are looking forward to what the future holds for our own family, as well as the network!”
The Bates family— who grew up alongside that other reality TV family with 19 kids, the Duggars— stated that they did not seek out reality TV fame.
“The last ten seasons of filming with ‘Bringing Up Bates’ have been an amazing journey for our family. We never expected or aspired to be on TV, but we are forever grateful to UP for all of the friendships we have formed as a result. Filming and opening up our home has been both rewarding and challenging, but there are not enough words we could say to show appreciation for the amazing film crew and all of the staff who have invested so much time into making this show possible. They have become family and have impacted us forever.
“We are also grateful for all of the encouragement we have received over the years from those who have watched the show and have reached out to message us or pray for us.”
Despite the fact that they are now show-less, the Bates Family promised to keep their fans updated.
“We look forward to the next chapters of life unfolding before us with lots of new adventures,” the family stated. “We promise to keep you updated on our lives in the days ahead and pray that God will richly bless each of you.”
As The Ashley previously reported, the Bates’ pals the Duggars saw their reality show, Counting On, cancelled last year after Josh Duggar was arrested for receiving and possessing child sex abuse materials. He was found guilty at his trial in December.
Last month, it was announced that Amazon Studios and the team behind 2021’s LuLaRich documentary will be doing an investigative documentary focusing on the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), the same fundamentalist organization associated with the Bates and the Duggars. The unnamed Fundie documentary is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in late 2022 or in 2023.
The Ashley will update this story when more information is available.