Network execs felt it was inappropriate to continue airing the show after Gandee's death
MTV has announced the cancellation of its latest reality program, Buckwild, one week after the tragic death of one of the show’s stars, Shain Gandee.
21-year-old Gandee died in a tragic incident last week. The reality star, along with his uncle and another friend was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, after his car’s tailpipe was clogged up with mud. This was probably a result of Gandee going mudding, an activity, which features heavily in the first season of Buckwild. Naturally, the network had to react in some way and it was revealed earlier today (Wednesday, April 10) that instead of simply changing and censoring the show from any risky behaviours, the music television has decided to cancel it entirely. Buckwild was in the filming stage of its second season, but that will never be aired, due to the tragedy.
"After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with Season 2 of Buckwild in West Virginia," the network announced in a statement this morning. "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."
Gandee’s memory will also be honored with a special set to air on MTV this Sunday at 8PM ET/PT.