Buckwild Canceled, Producer Blasts MTV
“Buckwild” has been canceled by MTV, Gossip Cop has confirmed. The decision comes just a week after the death of cast member Shain Gandee, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning when his truck became stuck in mud.
The network tells us in a statement, “After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of ‘BUCKWILD’ in West Virginia.”
“We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain’s tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him,” say reps for the show. “Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately.” On Sunday, the network will air “Buckwilld: WV to the NYC,” a special shot earlier this year, in addition to the entire first season of the series re-airing with a tribute to Gandee.
His mom Loretta says in a statement furnished to Gossip Cop, “Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time for our family. We have truly felt all the love and know that Shain is resting peacefully. Shain was an incredible, outgoing, and positive person who was loved by whoever he met.”
“We are honored that we were able to let the world see what a wonderful son we had. He was the best son anyone could ask for,” says Loretta. “As we look to honor him in our lives every day moving forward, we are happy to share some of his last moments doing what he loved best: having fun and making people laugh.”
But producer J.P. Williams tells THR he’s extremely angered by the cancellation, pointing out, “This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy.” “They’ll stick by a show that allows you to abandon a child,” he says, “but a kid dies by accident doing what he does for a living [mudding] and they cancel the show?” “There’s something that smells of sh*t here on every level,” complains Williams.
MTV initially halted production on Season 2 of the reality series following the tragedy, but has decided not to air the four episodes that have completed filming. Williams claims the network privately vowed last week to continue the series, and even film a tribute special to Gandee, before telling the producer on Tuesday that they had changed their minds. “There was no explanation,” he says. William further tells THR he will continue filming, and will look into producing a movie version of the series.
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