MTV has pulled the plug on “Buckwild” a little more than a week after the sudden death of one of its stars, Shain Gandee.
“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,” MTV said in a statement to ABCNews.com regarding its decision not to move forward with season two of “Buckwild.”
Gandee, 21, his uncle, David Gandee, 48, and friend Donald Robert Myers, 27, were found dead April 1 inside a Ford Bronco that was partially submerged in deep mud near Gandee’s home in rural West Virginia. Autopsies confirmed the three men died of carbon monoxide poisoning, likely the result of the Bronco’s tailpipe being submerged in mud. The three deaths were ruled accidental.
The fun-loving breakout star of MTV’s “Buckwild,” Gandee was remembered Sunday at a memorial service full of camouflage, emotional tributes and the music of Hank Williams Jr.
MTV is also paying tribute to the star.
This Sunday, the network will air “Buckwild: WV to the NYC,” which MTV said was shot before production began on season two. That will follow a day of programming dedicated to Gandee, in which MTV will air the entire first season of “Buckwild.”
“We are honored that we were able to let the world see what a wonderful son we had,” Gandee’s mother Loretta Gandee said in a statement. “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.”
Not everyone agreed with MTV’s decision to halt production. “Buckwild” producer J.P. Williams, who also manages some of the cast members, blasted MTV for pulling the plug.
“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?” Williams told The Hollywood Reporter, using an expletive to describe the decision.