It’s been a sad week for Buckwild fans indeed. But, if you’re still grieving from the death of the reality show’s star, Shain Gandee, you may not want to read this next tidbit of controversial news. MTV released the statement below.
“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.”
The MTV rep continued with, “Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to this memory on our air and privately,” which will debut on Sunday, followed by a ‘BUCKWILD’ marathon.
Gandee, 21, died of carbon monoxide poisoning last week, when a “mudding” excursion went awry, and trapped the southern and two others in his Ford Bronco.
While production of the show’s second season was put on hold after news of the tragedy just broke, it was unsure whether or not they would completely pull the plug only four episodes in.
Despite MTV’s executive decision, producer J.P. Williams isn’t ready to quit on the popular show just yet. Williams’ said,
“This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy. They’ll stick by a show that allows you to abandom a child, but a kid dies by accident doing what he does for a living [mudding] and they cancel the show?”
But, with all due respect, I think it’s safe to say it’s a little bit of a different situation when a sudden tragedy, such as a death of a cast member occurs mid season. Would the show really go on to be as successful after such news?
However, Williams does not appear to be putting this to rest and feels rather strongly about MTV’s decision. “My job is to protect these kids,” he said. “This will get ugly.”
If Williams is really out to protect these kids who just lost a beloved friend, has he ever once asked what the castmates want? Do they want to go on to further commemorate Shain? Or are they ready to put the show to rest as MTV suggests?