'Buckwild' producer furious after MTV cancels the show following Shain Gandee's death
In the surest sign the world will not end this week, MTV has canceled its West Virginia-style Jersey Shore ripoff Buckwild. What, just because one kid died from carbon monoxide poisoning and another was arrested for drug possession? You just renewed it!
The network told TMZ the moves was made after Shain Gandee was found dead a few days ago. The show was in the middle of producing its second season when they pulled the plug, not telling the cast and crew why.
"Given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him," the network said Wednesday. "Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately."
Producer J.P. Williams was livid, telling The Hollywood Reporter MTV is full of it: "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?” he said. “There's something that smells of s--- here on every level."
Williams said the second season was greenlit Friday and canceled Tuesday. He promises there will be more of the West Virginia crew, threatening to make a movie -- self-financed, if necessary.
"My job is to protect these kids. This will get ugly," he said. Too late, The Juice* said.