On the peak of their recognition, the Duggars have been one of the crucial well-known households on actuality TV.
Not surprisingly, different networks tried to money in on America’s obvious curiosity in giant, fundamentalist households.
One such knock-off venture was Bringing Up Bates, a sequence that targeted on the Tennessee-based Bates clan.
The Bateses are barely much less conservative — and an entire lot much less controversial — than the Duggars.
However the household was almost concerned in a tragedy of their very own over the weekend, when 29-year-old Lawson Bates was concerned in a near-fatal automobile crash.
Whereas there have been no main accidents, Lawson revealed in a press release that the crash would have had deadly repercussions had the timing been solely barely totally different.
“At 5:30 PM on Thursday, April 21, I used to be in Knoxville,TN driving to select up my fiancé, Tiffany, from her marriage ceremony hair and make-up trial. Out of the blue a automobile turning left onto the primary freeway slammed into my passenger aspect,” Bates says within the assertion.
“I’m so grateful I had not picked her up but, as that will’ve been her seat. Life can change so quick, and I used to be shortly reminded of that,” he continued.
“Though the automobile is totally totaled, I feeling very grateful to be okay, and relieved the opposite driver was alright as properly. Undoubtedly grateful for God’s safety at the moment!”
“Crew, it was not my fault. I would like a trip. Cannot win all of them,” Lawson defined in an Instagram video taken simply moments after the crash.
“Life is quick, and it could actually change in a snap! Blessed it’s only a totaled automobile #NoInjuries,” he captioned the video.
Lawson bought engaged to Tiffany Espensen again within the spring of 2021.
He popped the query whereas he and Tiffany — who can also be his musical collaborator — have been vacationing in Italy.
“I knew one thing was suspicious when Lawson turned awfully secretive with texts and planning with others. Nevertheless, he nonetheless blew me away with this shock!” Espensen stated on the time.
“To journey to Italy for any event is a dream, however particularly for an engagement.”
Information of the engagement got here simply weeks earlier than UpTV introduced that Bringing Up Bates wouldn’t be returning for an eleventh season.
“We is not going to be premiering Bringing Up Bates season 11 on UPtv as deliberate as we can be focusing our programming in 2022 on motion pictures and a brand new scripted sequence to be introduced quickly,” UPtv’s assertion learn.
“After we premiered Bringing Up Bates, the sequence was targeted on mother and father with 19 children who have been youngsters and younger kids. The cameras have been there to seize the love, laughs, and massive life moments, because the household continued to develop,” the community said.
“Thanks to Gil and Kelly Jo Bates for welcoming viewers into your loved ones’s dwelling over the previous ten seasons.”
Information of the cancelation got here after the present was renewed and simply weeks earlier than its eleventh season was set to premiere.
Followers suspected that the choice was linked to Josh Duggar’s conviction on baby pornography expenses, because the Bateses have been shut buddy with the Duggars.
Regardless of the case, Lawson and household appeared to take the information in stride.
And as of late, we’re certain he is overwhelmed with gratitude at having walked away from his totaled car.