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MTV Cancels ‘Buckwild’ in Wake of Shain Gandee’s Death

Tribute special planned to honor Gandee

A week and a half after the death of show star Shain Gandee, MTV has pulled the plug on reality series “Buckwild,” Variety has confirmed.

“After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of ‘Buckwild’ in West Virginia,” MTV 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. Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on air and privately.”

Net has slated a tribute special for Sunday titled “Buckwild: WV to NYC,” which was shot before season two had begun to lense.  MTV said Gandee’s parents, Dale and Loretta Gandee, support the tribute and a day of programming dedicated to Gandee that includes the entire first season of “Buckwild.”

Loretta Gandee said: “Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time for our family. We have truly felt all the love and know that Shain is resting peacefully. Shain was an incredible, outgoing, and positive person who was loved by whoever he met. We are honored that we were able to let the world see what a wonderful son we had. He was the best son anyone could ask for. 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.”

Program, which debuted on the cabler in January, was shooting season two when Gandee and two others were found dead in a truck from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The exhaust pipe of their Ford Bronco was submerged in mud, and it is believed the incident occurred while the trio were out “mudding” after a night at a bar in the Sissonville area of West Virginia.

“Mudding” is an activity featured frequently on “Buckwild,” in major scenes, B-roll and bonus online footage.

Skein, from Zoo Prods. and Parallel Entertainment, was not filming at the time of Gandee’s death.

“Buckwild” was already facing PR problems after cast member Salwa Amin was arrested twice on drug-related charges.

“Buckwild” occupied “Jersey Shore’s” former time slot on MTV — Thursdays at 10 p.m. — and routinely drew over 2.5 million viewers. Show centered on a group of young adults partying in their hometown in West Virginia, and featured a disclaimer at the beginning of the show urging auds to not recreate what they see on the program at home.

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