To many fans demise and shock, UPtv announced on January 18th that the iconic and well-loved show, Bringing Up Bates has suddenly been cancelled and season 11 will not air as planned.

The network has aired the family show, focussing on Gil and Kathy bates and their 19 children, since 2015. And fans are left wondering why it has suddenly been cancelled, with season 11 set to debut in just a few weeks.

We did some digging and found out why.

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Why has Bringing Up Bates been cancelled?

In a statement from the official UPtv account, they gave a wishy-washy reason as to why they cancelled the beloved show – and fans are not happy.

UPtv said the show no longer ‘fit in’ with the networks programming focus and they wanted to spend 2022 focussing more on movies.

Fans are struggling to believe this is the only reason and are speculating that something more could be going on as the decision was made so quickly and drastically.

In a statement to Us Weekly, UPtv said, “We will not be premiering ‘Bringing Up Bates‘ Season 11 on UPtv as planned as we will be focussing our programming in 2022 on movies and new scripted series to be announced soon.”

What have the Bates family said about the cancellation of the show?

The family are yet to post anything to their personal accounts about the cancellation of the show. But they have posted a statement reported by Us Weekly stating: “As the next year begins, our family will be experiencing a lot of changes.”

They continued, “One of the biggest changes for us is that the network will be moving towards producing more scripted family shows and will not be renewing a contract to film new Bringing Up Bates episodes.”

They closed their statements by saying, “We realise 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.”

Who are The Bates family?

The Bates are an iconically large family of 21. The two parents, Gil and Kelly Bates have raised 19 children, nine boys and 10 girls, and are classed as one of the biggest families in the world.

The show has let us watch Gil and Kelly raise their children as well as work on their own relationship, and we have loved every second of it.

Gil and Kelly have been married since 1987 and had all 19 of their children by 2012.

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