If you love Alaskan Bush People, then you need to watch Life Below Zero — if you don’t already. The National Geographic series also takes viewers to the most remote regions of Alaska to see how people survive in the frozen tundra.
However, while most of the show’s cast is returning for Season 11, Kate Rorke is not one of them. So, what happened to Andy Bassich’s wife Kate from Life Below Zero?
Well, fans met the blonde beauty when the show premiered in 2013. Back then, she was married to co-star Andy. Kate, who is not originally from Alaska, met Andy while on vacation and decided to move up north to be with him. The couple wed shortly after.
Unfortunately, in 2015, Andy and Kate announced they were calling it quits. One year later, the divorce was finalized and Kate moved away — ending her time on the Nat Geo series. She later opened up about the split, claiming Andy was physically and mentally abusive.
Since then, Kate has not returned to Alaska and Andy is living alone with his dogs. Despite her decision to leave reality television, Kate is seemingly doing better than ever. On her official Facebook page, the 61-year-old regularly interacts with her fans and shares many of her life updates from Newfoundland in Canada.
And it looks like she is also enjoying warmer climes — recently returning from a vacation in the Caribbean. She recently shared a photo with her brother, writing, “Great to spend time with my amazing brother Tolson. We have not seen each other in about 16 years. Far too long.”
Even though it has been three years since her last appearance on Life Below Zero, followers are still hoping she will return. But that doesn’t seem likely.
“It’s good to be home,” Kate said in a video post. “The memories are good, the friends are good, and it’s nice to be around people who have known me since the beginning of time it seems as we get older… You guys, you all got me here and you saved my life in a way, so love to you. Over and out.”
What is Andy up to on Life Below Zero?
In a sneak preview for Season 11, it was revealed that Andy is still on his own in Alaska and has recently lost his beloved dog, Iceberg.
“It’s sad to see him go. You get really attached to them and then they leave and it’s kind of a hard thing to live through,” he said on the show. “Last year, I retired him halfway through the year, but even with one eye, he was still a pretty good darn lead dog. You know, he had a great life with me, we traveled a lot of miles together, had a lot of great adventures and he was a pretty cool dog. I’m going to miss him. It’s sad to see him gone but it’s time to start training the new Iceberg.”
Watch the season premiere of Life Below Zero on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic.