Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown is reportedly hours away from Browntown as the new season starts filming. Fans have been wondering if the oldest Brown child will return to Alaskan Bush People after spending time in rehab. Reports say that the Alaskan Bush People crew and cast members have started filming for Season 6, but Matt Brown was recently spotted in Juneau, Alaska. Since Matt missed a scheduled post-season episode for Season 5 of Alaskan Bush People, fans are now wondering if he’s no longer signed to do upcoming episodes with the rest of his family.
In fact, speculation may be true that Matt Brown isn’t returning to the long-running Discovery Channel reality TV series. Alaskan Bush People has followed the lives of the nine unique members of the Brown family since 2014 as they strive to make a home and try to be self-sufficient deep in the Alaskan bush. Five of Billy and Ami Brown’s children were allegedly born and raised wild in the Alaskan wilderness. Described as “not like any other family in America,” the Brown family reportedly developed their own form of language and refer to themselves as a “human wolf pack.”
Even though critics say Alaskan Bush People is completely scripted and fake, the show has developed quite the loyal following and has survived several seasons as other Alaskan reality shows have come and gone. Fans love how the Brown family all come together and pitch in to find food and build a cabin in what the Browns call their “Browntown,” located on a small Alaskan island near Hoonah, Alaska. The family even sold their truck in one episode and barters to pay for services instead of paying cash.
Matt Brown, Billy and Ami’s oldest out of five boys and two girls, has become somewhat of a celebrity heartthrob on Alaskan Bush People over the last five seasons, and fans were heartbroken when he was arrested last December in Juneau for DUI and hitting a parked motorcycle in a Walmart parking lot. Matt also left the scene of the accident, according to a police report obtained by Radar Online. Fans were equally as shocked to find out that Matt Brown had been partying at a nearby bar, when the “reality-documentary series” Alaskan Bush People led viewers to believe that the Brown family was supposed to be toughing it out in the remote Alaskan bush, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Juneau police say that Matt Brown had been drinking vodka shots and failed the field sobriety test. After spending a few days in jail and getting 18 months’ probation, Matt decided to check himself into a treatment rehab facility. Six months after his DUI arrest and conviction, Matt gave an interview to People Magazine where he said that he could see himself spiraling after spending more and more time drinking with friends in Juneau. The interview went on to say that Matt Brown actually started drinking in Juneau after the Brown family boat broke down, and they were forced to spend time in Alaska’s remote capital, which is 40 air miles west of Browntown.
“I’ve always been able to handle city life, no problem. But I started hanging out with people who drank. They didn’t have a problem with it so while I was around them, I started drinking.”
“I started drinking lightly and then it got to be more and more. That’s when I saw the problem around the corner, and I didn’t want to be one of those guys.”
That’s also when reports started to surface that the Browns didn’t actually live full-time in the Alaskan bush and Alaskan Bush People episodes were scripted, as reported by the Inquisitr. Fans were also urging Matt, who’s 33-years-old, to take advantage of the time away from his controlling family to start a life of his own, amid false reports that Alaskan Bush People was canceled. Matt may have decided to take that advice, because he’s reportedly absent from filming for Season 6. One fan, Becky Larsen, actually caught a photo of Matt Brown about four hours away from Browntown and the Alaskan bush looking happy and healthy.
The photo of Matt was posted to a Matt Brown Facebook fan page that’s regularly updated by someone named Kyla. Blasting News reported that Matt even cut off his curls, which Matt’s brother, Joshua “Bam Bam” Brown commented on, saying “Sorry ladies, looks like your Jellyhead got a haircut.” Fans also commented, saying Matt is looking well “out and about,” and they wish him well, but miss him and want him to hurry home.
Whether Matt Brown will really hurry home to Browntown, or decide to stay in Juneau and build a new life of his own is unclear, as filming for Season 6 of Alaskan Bush People resumed without him. Some reports say that Matt decided to continue his rehab for a bit longer, while other reports say that Matt is finished with rehab, but wasn’t signed on to do Season 6, as speculated by Movie News Guide. Whatever the case, Matt Brown will be fine financially, considering each of the Brown family children are rumored to have a net worth of between $40,000 to $60,000. But Alaskan Bush People ratings may begin to suffer without fan favorite, Matt Brown, on board.
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