MTV Pulls The Plug On ‘Buckwild’

MTV has announced it will cancel controversial series Buckwild after the untimely death of one of its stars, Shain Gandee.

“After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of Buckwild in West Virginia,” the network said in a statement. “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 network had already suspended production on the second season of the reality show — with four episodes already in the can — after Gandee, 21, his uncle and a friend were found dead on April 1 near Sissonville, West Virginia.

Buckwild, first billed as the brand-new Jersey Shore, followed Gandee — known to friends as “The Redneck Macgyver” — and his fellow West Virginia twentysomethings on their summer adventures of four-wheeling, fighting and throwing dump-trunk parties.

Now the network is planning to pay tribute to Gandee with a special, BUCKWILD: WV to the NYC, which was shot before production had begun on season two. The program will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, following a marathon of the first season, all in dedication to Gandee.

But MTV’s decision to step away from the series has left one man up in arms: Buckwild producer J.P. Williams, who says he may continue shooting the reality series.

“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, who also manages most of the cast members, told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s something that smells of s*** here on every level.”

Williams is standing by the Buckwild clan, and will even bankroll a film for the cast if he it comes to that. “My job is to protect these kids,” he added. “This will get ugly.”

Back in January, Gandee stopped by the Celebuzz offices with costar Shae Bradley to talk Buckwild catchphrases, comparisons to Jersey Shore and how they stumbled upon reality star fame. Watch the interview in the videos below.

Do you think MTV made the right decision on shuttering the series? State your case in the comments.

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