Kelly Jo Bates & Gil Bates From Bringing Up Bates, Sourced From UPtv YouTube
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‘Bringing Up Bates’: Does Gil Bates Family Owe The Duggars?

Michael Malley

Bringing Up Bates stars Gil and Kelly Jo Bates are known for the huge success of their reality show. The married couple had 10 seasons before getting canceled by UpTV. They had a similar show with their family friends, Jim Bob and Michelle, who shared the daily lives of their growing family for many years with TLC. However, some Reddit users think that Gil and Kelly Jo owe Jim Bob and Michelle due to their success. Keep reading to see why.

Bringing Up Bates: How Are Gil & Kelly Jo Bates Today?

Gil and Kelly Jo have been busy grandparents over the past few months. In May, the Bringing Up Bates stars welcomed their 29th grandchild, Weston Slade Smith. Kelly Jo has also shared pictures and clips from some of Weston’s first interactions with his uncle and aunts.

Gil Bates & Kelly Jo Bates From Bringing Up Bates, Sourced From @thebatesfam Instagram
Gil Bates & Kelly Jo Bates From Bringing Up Bates, Sourced From @thebatesfam Instagram

Furthermore, Gil and Kelly Jo have been embracing every moment they can have with their married children. Recently, Carlin played pickleball with her parents and her husband. Many were also surprised when Kelly Jo went barefoot to play much better against her daughter. However, some Reddit users think their popularity and success came from their family friends.

Why Fans Think The Bates Owe The Duggars?

Some Bringing Up Bates fans on Reddit discussed why the Bates owe the Duggars. According to the poster, they think Gil and Kelly Jo were jealous of the Duggar family having a TV show. The Reddit user even mentioned Jill’s statements in her book, saying that they would appear in some of the Duggar family’s episodes in the hopes of landing a show for themselves, which seemed to have worked. However, several commenters believe that Jim Bob introduced the idea to the Bates to make a passive income and expand their ministry.

Gil Bates, Kelly Jo Bates, Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, Sourced From @thebatesfam / @duggarfam Instagram
Gil Bates, Kelly Jo Bates, Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, Sourced From @thebatesfam / @duggarfam Instagram
  • “No. I have always thought Jim Bon introduced the idea to the Bates as a way to add supplemental income by way of expanding ministry.”
  • “I agree that Jim Bob was behind it. They had multiple large families visit on 19 kids. Only the Bates family was shown repeatedly, and then they had crossovers during United Bates of America.”
  • “Gil is the ultimate grifter. Digging up the duggars pod does some deep dives with his sermons and it’s always “God blessed us with this playground/van/food” because people in their community felt bad for them and donated, but then they never seem to return the favor to anyone else in need.”
  • “Absolutely they wanted a show. They were dirt poor. I think 15 or and them living in a 1500 sq. Ft. house. It sounds awful. He quit a good job to work for himself. He’s a drifter. I am no Duggar fan, but if wasn’t for them and TLC they wouldn’t have that house or gotten the short lived show on TLC, which led yo the show on up.”

Bringing Up Bates: Why A Bates-Duggar Marriage Never Happened?

Many Bringing Up Bates fans were also surprised that a Bates-Duggar union never happened despite how close both families were. There are speculations that Carlin almost married a Duggar. Some fans also thought that Jason Duggar was courting Addallee Bates before it was revealed that it was a different woman.

The Duggars & The Bates Family, Sourced From @duggarfam / @thebatesfam Instagram
The Duggars & The Bates Family, Sourced From @duggarfam / @thebatesfam Instagram

Some Reddit users from a different thread believe that Gil never wanted to marry off his kids to the Duggars due to their reputation, especially after Josh Duggar’s CSAM arrest. Others also believe that the Duggar kids’ lack of independence and stable careers may have played a significant role in why none of the Bates kids showed interest.

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