A year ago ago at this time, we were unsure if Alaskan Bush People would return for an eighth season.
To be frank, we were unsure whether Ami Brown would even be alive right now.
The veteran reality star had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and her prognosis was grim.
But here we are now, and, we're so very happy to say, here Ami is now: still alive, still kicking, still starring on Alaskan Bush People.
The Discovery Channel hit recently wrapped filming on Season 8, which focused on the family moving from Alaska to Washington because Ami had to be closer to doctors who could assist with her pressing medical needs.
It hasn't been an easy adjustment, especially because the Browns can never go back home, but it beats the alternative, right?
Again: Ami is alive.
And now we've received word that the show is as well.
Alaskan Bush People is coming back for Season 9.
With Ami on the mend, the central storyline will move from her health battle to the struggles of Matt Brown, who announced last month that he is headed for rehab.
This is bad news for the family, but actually positive news from the view of Discovery Channel executives.
It has given them new content for future episodes.
“Everyone is interested to see if he is able to overcome his addiction battle," an insider tells Radar Online of the reaction to Matt's admission.
Upon confirming he is seeking professional assistance, this is what Brown said to People Magazine:
"I struggle with substance abuse, and after a year of ups and downs, I decided to return to treatment.
"I’m really grateful for everyone’s support and hope to have my life back on track soon."
Matt is the oldest of all Ami and Billy's children.
Back in 2016, he checked into treatment after being arrested for DUI in Juneau, Alaska.
According to Radar Online, he remained on the straight and narrow, fully on the wagon... until last year, when he started drinking again to cope with his his mother's tragic diagnosis.
A terminal illness for a parent is an understandable trigger for anyone that has dependency issues.
In an interview with People, Ami touched on Matt having to go to rehab prior to the Season 8 finale being shot and said:
"It’s hard not having one of my babies here with us. He was so strong for me, and I want to be strong for him."
We wish him the best.
And we're excited for Season 9!