Think they’ll need to change the name of the show? Over the past year, the Alaskan Bush People family moved away from their home in, you guessed it, the Alaskan bush. While they briefly spent some time in California for mom Ami Brown‘s cancer treatment, and then considered making their new home in Colorado, eventually they landed on settling down in Washington. We figured that one day they’d make their way back up north, but now Billy Brown is saying that day will straight up never come.
While talking to Radar, Billy revealed that his wife’s health struggles prevent them from ever rebuilding Browntown where it once was. “Unfortunately, we can never move back to Alaska,” he said. “We were told that we must always be near a hospital so that Ami can receive treatment for her cancer. And when we were told that, we made a choice to leave and now we must always live by that choice no matter what.”
It turns out that, while Ami’s cancer is in remission, she’s still not entirely out of the woods. “She still has stage 0 primary, and there are still traces. But they took the majority out, and the growth is really slow,” Billy explained. “She is doing good, but the docs made it clear that we have to live in a place where she can go to the hospital at any time.”
Don’t worry, though. While the title of the show may no longer apply, the Discovery Channel show is still filming. “[Discovery] had our backs all the way,” Billy said. “Cancer affects so many people out there. It is a world that most people don’t even realize.” Ami has also been grateful for the chance to share her experience.
“We wanted to… let people see what we’re going through because there are a lot of people that are going to be told one day that they have cancer. And that’s scary,” Ami told People last year. “I was nervous as a cat the first time I went in for radiation. I hope if people watch the show and see what I’m going through and it will take away a lot of their fear.” We’re just ready for this weekend’s Season 8 premiere.