Reunited at last. Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown reportedly held a “secret meeting” with his estranged father, Billy Brown, to end their feud and discuss the possibility of him returning to the show. Matt previously left Washington following their heated dispute, but it looks like he’s back.

“Matt has been sober since he left Betty Ford,” a source told Radar Online, while discussing his substance abuse issues. “But this is the first time that he has seen his family since he left (at the end of season 8). Needless to say, it has been a very emotional.”

In recent months, Matt, 37, has worked hard to turn his life around, so he’s hoping to document his progress and share his story on the Discovery Channel show. The reality star reportedly had a heart-to-heart with Billy, 66, to discuss the idea. “Matt returned to Washington to make things good again. He did sit down with his father and they did hash things out,” the insider added, noting how financial reasons may have also fueled Matt’s decision to appear on ABP again.

Billy Brown Meets Matt
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As far as the upcoming season goes, filming is already done, but they apparently can add in a few scenes featuring Matt at a later time. However, Billy did lay down some ground rules for his son.

“There was a stipulation for Matt coming back on the show,” the source added. “One of the requirements is that he would need to discuss his substance abuse issues so that fans know what really happened.”

Matt has reportedly been living in California with his girlfriend up until now, and it’s unclear if or when he’ll be moving back. In October 2018, the reality star opened up about his struggles with addiction when it was revealed that he entered rehab for alcohol abuse for the second time.

“I struggle with substance abuse, and after a year of ups and downs, I decided to return to treatment,” he told PEOPLE at the time. “I’m really grateful for everyone’s support and hope to have my life back on track soon.” If all goes well, maybe we will see Matt on future episodes!

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