MTV has cancelled the show Buckwild after the death of 21-year old cast member Shain Gandee in a muddy accident.
As we reported, Shain Gandee, his uncle and another person died from carbon monoxide poisoning 8 days ago after his car sank into a muddy pit in an off-road expedition. Besides that, two of the cast members Salwa Ann and Michael Burford have been arrested for drug possession and DUI respectively.
MTV has not released an official statement yet, and they have not given the cast and crew any specific reason for cancelling the show, which is currently in its second season. We learned that they may do so this morning.
MTV has released 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.
Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately.’
Shain’s mother Loretta Gandee has also released a statement:
‘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.
‘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. 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.’
The only one not smiling about the show’s cancellation is its producer J. P. Williams, who told THR that he is ‘extremely’ angry. Said he:
‘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 [mudding] and they cancel the show?
‘There’s something that smells of sh*t here on every level.’