Gil & Kelly Bates Break Silence On ‘Bringing Up Bates’ Cancelation

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After UPtv canceled Bringing Up Bates Season 11, Gil and Kelly Bates are speaking out about the situation. What does the family have to say about UPtv dropping the series last-minute?

So far, the Gil and Kelly Bates’ children have yet to make individual statements on the Bringing Up Bates Season 11 cancelation. But those social media and blog posts could be coming in the near future. So, fans should be on the lookout for any news from their kids.

Bringing Up Bates Season 11 Called Off

On Tuesday, it was reported that Bringing Up Bates Season 11 would not be airing as planned. The show was renewed in September and was set to premiere on UPtv on February 10. However, just a few weeks ahead of the premiere, UPtv revealed that that was no longer the plan.

At this point, the Bates family and UPtv haven’t shared too many details about the sudden cancelation. But the family is finally breaking their silence.

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@TheBatesFam Instagram

Gil & Kelly Bates Issue Statement

In response to the news, Gil and Kelly Bates have issued a statement. In their statement to Us Weekly, the family said:

“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. 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!”

They continued, “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.”

Gil and Kelly Bates Promise To Share More With Bringing Up Bates Fans

Also in their statement, the family shared about what’s next for fans. They closed their message, writing, “Most of all, we are thankful to God for the experiences we’ve shared together as a family and for the lessons we’ve learned along the way. We feel very blessed to have these memories. We look forward to the next chapters of life unfolding before us with lots of new adventures.”

Then, the family adds, “We promise to keep you updated on our lives in the days ahead and pray that God will richly bless each of you. Our greatest desire is that we would each strive to learn more about God and to grow in His grace.”

So, what do you think of Gil and Kelly Bates’ statement on the Bringing Up Bates Season 11 cancelation? Do you think they will get another show in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. For more news about Gil and Kelly Bates after UPtv pulled the plug on Bringing Up Bates Season 11, come back to TV Shows Ace.

Aubrey Chorpenning


    1. I think it’s sad that a network is so afraid to air a wholesome family show, and are willing to be bullied by a group of people who think they have to have it their way. What happened to the day when people were forgiven for making a mistake or for saying something inappropriate. Are we not allowed a second chance anymore. Are we not allowed to try to do better in the future? What are we teaching our children? No wonder children commit suicide. They think they one cares. Shame on us!

  1. I’m very disappointed that UPTV has canceled Bringing up Bates, please reconsider and DON’T cancel the show.

  2. Kelly Jo and Gil gave the response that I expected. I believe that what we saw on tv was who they were. I didn’t expect them to rant and rave and act like idiots. That’s our job as their devoted fans. Not that we are really idiots, but we believe in what they stand for. I was very proud of them. The network is so wrong!

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