On Tuesday, January 18, Bringing Up Bates fans received the sad news that UPtv had canceled the series. This came as a huge surprise because Season 11 was set to premiere on February 10. Fans didn’t see this coming, especially because filming and production are well underway at this point. The network reportedly put a good amount of money into the new season before pulling the plug last minute.
When making the announcement, UPtv mentioned that they are changing the direction of their content and focusing on a new scripted series. However, they never explained exactly why they chose to cancel the show so suddenly. Many fans think something serious must have happened. If not, the last season of Bringing Up Bates could air on UPtv before they completely cancel it.
So, fans have been trying to figure out why the show might have been canceled. Now, the real reasoning behind the cancelation has finally been linked. Keep reading to find out why UPtv canceled Bringing Up Bates.
Though UPtv hasn’t revealed too much about the Bringing Up Bates cancelation, more details have been leaked. Katie Joy of Without a Crystal Ball, a blogger, revealed what she has learned from her connections. One of her sources was formerly associated with UPtv.
Why was Bringing Up Bates canceled by UPtv?
In a new Instagram post, Katie writes:
“Apparently, the video that Carlin Bates posted on her Instagram Stories of one of her brothers mocking George Floyd’s murder allegedly made its way to the UPTV offices. Staff were apparently furious & asked the owner to cancel the show as a large portion of the network staff is African American because the network started out with Southern Gospel Programming.”
As we reported last year, a disturbing video was posted on Carlin Bates’ Instagram stories and quickly deleted. The family was slammed for being “racist.” Many fans called for the series to be canceled after seeing the video.
Katie goes on to mention the Bates and Duggar families’ connections. She writes, “Carlin & Evan Stewart were looking to purchase a car from Josh Duggar during the time he downloaded CSAM. Text messages to Evan from Josh were evidence at the trial.”
Finally, she adds, “The source claims only a scandal the size of the IBLP, Josh Duggar’s conviction & Gil Bates’ sermons circulating online, coupled with the George Floyd comments could cause the network to pull the plug. Advertisers don’t like controversy this size.”
It’s also worth noting that the Duggars and Bates will be featured in a documentary about the Institute of Basic Life Principles. This documentary, which is still in the works, is expected to reveal a lot about the families’ religions.
So, does it surprise you that UPtv canceled Bringing Up Bates for one of these reasons? Are you sad to see the series come to an end? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. For more news about UPtv and the Bates family, come back to TV Shows Ace.
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