MTV Cancels Buckwild in the Wake of Shain Gandee's Death, and the Show's Producer Is Not Pleased
The mudding will continue, but the cameras won't be there to capture it. A week after the accidental death of 21-year-old Buckwild star Shain Gandee (pictured above, far left, in the green shirt), MTV has decided to cancel the West Virginia-set reality program that was halfway through filming its second season, reports TMZ.
Gandee—who died on April 1 of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, along with two other passengers not connected to the show—became Buckwild's breakout star in the show's first season thanks to his reckless behavior and southern charm. Not only did the series lose its biggest personality, but proceeding with the show in his absence could have been construed as insensitive and would've been a blow to MTV's image.
But at least one person doesn't see it that way. Buckwild producer J.P. Williams is irate with MTV's decision, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy. They'll stick by a show that allows you to abandon a child, but a kid dies by accident doing what he does for a living and they cancel the show? There's something that smells of shit here on every level."
Williams claims that MTV told him the show would continue as recently as Friday, and was shocked when the network changed its mind on Tuesday.
After Gandee died, Danny Jones—the mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, where Buckwild was filmed—urged MTV to cancel the show, citing Gandee's death and drug charges for other cast members, Salwa Amin and Michael Burford. "The show only enhances the negative stereotype the Kanawha Valley already has," Jones told TMZ. "I hope the show's life is short."
Buckwild, about young kids living the redneck life and partying, was seen as the successor to MTV's other program about reckless living and hooking up, Jersey Shore. Though not quite the hit Jersey Shore was in its prime, Buckwild had impressed in the ratings early in its life.
MTV will air a special dedicated to Gandee this Sunday.
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