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The Willis Family will not return for a Third series...

#WillisFamily Cancelled, No Season Three :(
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After reaching the quarterfinals in the ninth season of America’s Got Talent in 2014, the family of 14 made their debut into their own show in 2015. The Willis Family had talent long before it was recognized on the talent show, but they brought their whole lives forward when their reality television program launched. Airing on TLC, the show follows the family and their many talents, from singing and dancing to wrestling and writing. Each family member is unique and has his or her own skills and interests, but as a group they make The Willis Clan, a musical group that has traveled around the world.

Who are the members of the Willis Family?

#WillisFamily is not to be reckoned with, as Brenda and Toby have twelve children who they home school, four boys and eight girls. Their oldest child and main singer and songwriter in the Willis Clan Band, Jessica, is 18 years older than their youngest child, Jada, who at five years old has danced on more stages than most adults have. In the middle are Jeremiah, the oldest son who is an award winning swing and Irish dancer, as well as wrestler, and plays several instruments, Jennifer, Jeanette, Jackson, Jedidiah, Jasmine, Juliette, Jamie, Joy and Jaeger who are all musically talented as well as dancers, with the brothers all participating in wrestling. There is certainly no shortage of talent in the family and they are sure to continue winning awards and gaining popularity.

Where are some of the places they have traveled?

As the family is of Irish descent, they make an effort to travel to Ireland each year to do a fan tour. They visit several venues during their tenure there and play many different performances. When they aren’t traveling there, there are few places in the United States they haven’t played a show. They lived in Chicago until 2001, when they decided to make the move to Tennessee. Although they currently live in Tennessee and regularly make appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, they have traveled to California, to Texas, to Pennsylvania and many places in between. They are constantly on the go and its shocking they have time to even film a reality show with all the moving around they do.

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How does religion impact the show?

Both Toby and Brenda grew up in religious Christian homes, especially with Toby’s father being a Reverend. Thus it was very important to raise their children the same, just maybe not as extreme as other reality families. While the family has experienced a lot of tragedy, from a car wreck that killed six of Toby’s younger siblings, and a fire that destroyed his and Brenda’s home, they have been able to turn to God to help them through the hard times and through their sorrow. And it has helped them to thrive and become the talented and grateful people that they are. It also influences some of their music and gives the family a structure for their hectic life.

Is this a good show for children?

The show is full of great family friendly messages that make it appropriate for children. It shows them that if they

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work hard, they can accomplish nearly everything they set their mind to do. Their music is really the central part of the show, and being Christian and Irish influenced, it is something that parents can safely let their children listen to without worrying about some of the risqué lyrics of other modern musicians. It may not be the most interesting for children, but the values that they convey are something that many families can enjoy.

In a shocking development, Willis Family dad Toby Willis is facing charges concerning a minor. Willis Family has been effectively cancelled on TLC, and the network is facing its worst scandal since the Duggars.


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patrick & sharon parcells
patrick & sharon parcells
8 months 24 days ago

Please, please renew the show. They are a gifted family and we need to continue to see their talent and the good example they set

Carmen
Carmen
8 months 17 days ago

Please renew, I wouldn’t miss a show! It’s one of the only shows that is decent on TV these days. They are extremely talented and do amazingly well, their talent is remarkable.

Mike roberts
Mike roberts
8 months 6 days ago

Definetly renew their show I will be watching every one of them…. Such fantastic talent

William Noel
William Noel
7 months 24 days ago

In this day of the “OMG” reality shows, this is such a treat for my wife and myself to watch a talented, funny, loving group go through life and face each day’s problems with help from each other. We saw the ‘Clan’ live at Milwaukee’s ‘Irish Festival’ and have been big fans since their first album. Please renew the show.

John Davis
John Davis
7 months 15 days ago

Why is the father arrested for rape of an underage girl? Get these holier than thou folks off the media.

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nancybrown57@gmail.com
7 months 14 days ago

Renew the show

Delores
Delores
7 months 13 days ago

I love the Willis family reality show. I sure hope it is renewed by tlc

Diane
Diane
7 months 13 days ago

I look forward to it every spring and fall. It’s a wholesome family show, something this country needs desperately as examples. Please renew

Namcy
Namcy
7 months 10 days ago

Leave the kid pick up the show with there mother

Darlene Fitzgerald
Darlene Fitzgerald
7 months 6 days ago

Please renew the show!

Pamela R. Martin
Pamela R. Martin
7 months 4 days ago

Yes it should be renewed!! They are a great family to watch & so creative!! One of the best shows we have watched & love their music!! Love their dancing, hard work & all that it entails in being in a large family!!

Chris
Chris
7 months 4 days ago

Lets not punish the rest of the family for what their father supposedly did. I believe in innocent until proven guilty.Remember this is America. Let the law do what it is there for. I feel so bad for the rest of the family. It must be a terrible shock. My prayers go out to all of them. If they are willing to come back lets support those talented children.

Lisa
Lisa
7 months 3 days ago

Yes I totally agree

terri
terri
7 months 2 days ago

I realize that there are serious problems but that is not the fault of these talented children. They need to presue gheir talents and livelyhood. They should not be taken out of the public view as that hurts their careers in the music world. These kids are tough and deserve a chance to prove just how resilient they are.

Jan
Jan
6 months 24 days ago

I agree. Please renew for the kids. I loved the show and NEVER missed a show.

Guest
Guest
6 months 29 days ago

I miss the show terrible, please put them back on!

DIANE AND RICH
DIANE AND RICH
6 months 25 days ago

very sad ,please renew the family .like you did the duggars.

Nancy Shugar
Nancy Shugar
6 months 9 days ago

Hard to believe that anyone can say anything and right away your guilty!!! Funny took 12 years to do this. I pray it’s not true and TLC will continue the show

Veronique
Veronique
6 months 3 days ago

I wish the Willis family would return to television as I really enjoyed watching them and listening to them sing. I also enjoyed watching how the children have grown I wish them all the best of luck but it would be nice to see them back on television

Shelia
Shelia
6 months 3 days ago

Please someone renew this wonderful talented family show. Don’t deny them of performing for so many who truly appreciate their many talents!

Gertrude Wells
Gertrude Wells
2 months 21 days ago

Please renew. The family cannot help what the husband & father has done. I love their show. We will be praying for for them.

Connie
Connie
6 days 10 hours ago

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Connie
Connie
6 days 10 hours ago

There are so many shows that are not eorth your time. We always felt happy after listening to these kids. Granted the father always seemed like he didnt belong, more milatent than loving. But those kids are amazing and had a great following. Please bring bring back the show. Our families need more shows like that.

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