Why isn’t Kate Stoltz on Return To Amish this season?

Kate Stoltz explains why she left Return to Amish

America’s favorite band of former Amish reality stars returned to TLC Sunday night for the Return To Amish Season 5 premiere, but OG cast member Kate Stoltz was conspicuously absent. The (former?) reality star and current professional model and fashion design student took to Facebook to reply to the numerous fans wanting to know why she didn’t return to Return To Amish.

“I’ve been asked by a lot of people whether I will be appearing on television in the near future,” Kate began in a Facebook post from Sunday. “The answer is no. I decided to fully immerse myself into my work in design, and finishing my college degree at FIT. Getting a good education is very important to me. I am devoting my time to research, classes, learning new techniques and then applying those techniques to garments that sometimes take months to create.”

Kate also revealed that she is giving interning another go as well. (Fans may recall her forray into designer internships from last season of the show.) “I am also starting another internship at a design company that I have greatly admired for years,” Kate says. “I take my work very seriously, and enjoy it immensely.”

Always gracious, Kate made sure to give a shout out to her fans and supporters from the the show. “I will never forget everyone that supported me while I was on screen, and the ones that continue to take the time to say hello on this platform. You motivate me. Enjoy your Sunday 🙂 ”

Although Kate doesn’t mention it in her post, I have to assume that her much-publicized issues with the production company played a major role in her decision. Of course, the biggest influence in most people’s decisions to leave reality TV is having other options — which is something Kate most certainly has!

Speaking of Kate’s “other options,” she was recently included in a Fashion Institute of Technology exhibit titled “Breaking Boundaries.” I will let Kate tell you more, including photos of her piece that was included in the show:

Kate Stoltz dress design Kate Stoltz dress design in FIT exhibit Return To Amish Kate Stoltz dress design detail of skirt

I feel honored to have been one of the graduating students selected to be in a private exhibition called ‘Breaking Boundaries’ at FIT.

Inspired by Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, Nick Knight and Zaha Hadid- designers, photographer, and architect that are going beyond what is considered to be ‘normal’ and creating fascinating work that stands out from the rest. It was a fun project ?

Congratulations yet again to Kate on all of her successes! The FIT show she was included in was for “graduating students,” so we hope to see Kate in her cap and gown soon! (Or is FIT a little too hip for caps and gowns? Maybe they design their own graduation attire?)

UPDATE – Want to know a little bit more about who Kate Stoltz is these days — in a metaphysical sense? She just posted an essay on her website titled “Who I Am Today.” Go check it out!

Top photo: Kate Stoltz wearing Kate Stoltz from KateStoltz.com



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  • Guest

    Is she still being stalked by that gross guy?

    • Renee L

      Jeremiah?

  • Miss Mandy Lynn

    No it’s because she’s boring and has a stick up her ass!.. she also thinks she’s better than everyone.

    • Guest5

      Who made you judge and jury

    • Hyacinth

      Well, she kinda is better than the others, especially Jeremiah.

    • Lizz Huie-Fulks

      Jealous maybe? The rest of the gang is just floundering around. Look at Jeremiah’s mess of a marriage, look at Gabe and Becca’s slightly screwed up life and then look at Sabrina’s screwed up life completely. She is the one that took the bulls by the horn and decided to make a life for herself. The others were just jealous because she actually has a life and is achieving her goals. What is so wrong with that??

  • Blue12

    I honestly felt bad for Kate because she obviously wanted to build a life outside of the amish and the show/people kept on acting as if she’s still amish or her life is nothing but the amish. She just wanted her life but people weren’t letting her have it.

  • Lizz Huie-Fulks

    Kudos to Kate. She is taking charge of her life. She knows what she wants and is going for it!! She definitely does not need the show to throw drama at her. I look forward to seeing her designs in production and having made a name for herself. Best of luck to you!!

  • Judy

    She’s doing what she wants and what makes HER happy! Plus this is reality television, even though I watch it, I’m not sure how much is truth and how much it television lol!

  • Verdie McCann

    I’m very glad to know she’s away from those reality star wannabes. She’ll be taken as a serious designer without idiotic cameras following her around. Go Kate!