Earlier this month, MTV ceased production and canceled BUCKWILD following Shain Gandee's sudden death. Despite the show's decent ratings, MTV concluded, "Given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him."
BUCKWILD producer J.P. Williams did not take kindly to the news, bashing the network for its teen pregnancy shows, and vowed to acquire the rights to continue the show with another network. According to Williams, his negotiations with MTV came to an abrupt end on Friday, and he did not win. Williams went on to accuse MTV of hypocrisy.
So, the producer of BUCKWILD isn't going to give up without a fight, is he? After the tragic death of Shain Gandee, MTV pulled the plug on filming the second season. Producer J.P. Williams wasn't happy with network's decision, and his comments about Teen Mom didn't sit well with Jenelle Evans since she's such a pillar of the responsibility.
J.P. Williams is determined that this show has the recipe for success, regardless of what crazy kids they get to star in it. He doesn't need West Virginia, and he certainly doesn't need MTV. BUCKWILD 2.0 will happen, y'all–especially if J.P. Williams has anything to say about it!
Personally, I found Shain to be the breakout star of the show, and I cannot imagine watching a single episode void of his beautiful smile and endearing personality. My gut tells me that MTV feels the same way.
While BUCKWILD's producer and cast are upset about the cancellation, the mayor of Charleston, West Virginia is blissfully happy. "I'm relieved and happy the show is canceled, and so is everyone around here," Mayor Danny Jones shared with TMZ. "The show does nothing for us and exaggerates every negative stereotype about us."
According to J.P., on Friday, MTV told those involved with production that BUCKWILD will continue as planned. Then, on Tuesday, MTV canceled the series. No explanation was given.
"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,” J.P. said. “There's something that smells of s–t here on every level."
Following the tragic passing of Shain Gandee, the 21-year-old star of the show BUCKWILD, MTV has decided to pull the plug on the short lived redneck reality series.
Last week MTV announced they were temporarily suspending filming for season 2 to let cast members heal. Filming was to possibly resume after Shain's funeral. However a network source confirms to Deadline that the show is formally and officially kaput in the wake of several scandals and the unfortunate passing of Shain.
Questions surrounding how BUCKWILD star Shain Gandee died have officially been answered.
Reality Tea received an early scoop from a source that the 21-year-old reality star passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning. Coroners and authorities refused to comment, but today it has been officially confirmed as the cause of death.
A rep for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office confirms that Shain, his uncle and a friend, died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Shain's vehicle's exhaust pipe was submerged in mud causing gas to leak back into the car after they stalled out in an off-roading accident.
The bodies of all three men have been released from the coroner's office to local funeral homes.
It appears Shain crashed his Ford Bronco after leaving a bar at 3am. After being missing for 31 hours, authorities recovered the vehicle submerged in about 3 feet of mud containing the bodies of Shain, his uncle and a friend, Donald Robert Myers. All three were deceased when they were found in Thaxton Hollow, a muddy, rough decline. The scene was initially uncovered by friends who then alerted authorities.
The cause of death is reportedly carbon monoxide poisoning although authorities are awaiting autopsies and refuse to speculate at this time. Reports of a gunshot wound are unfounded at this point.
Buckwild has been a source of controversy since it hit the airways. WV Senator (and former Governor) Joe Manchin fought to have the show canceled. And there were many reports that much of the show is staged. As a West Virginia native I can personally attest to this. Even worse in less than one season two of the shows stars were arrested.
Shain and his uncle, David Gandee, were last seen leaving a local bar around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, with plans to go off-roading, and were later reported missing by family. Shain and David's bodies – along with a third unidentified victim – were found inside of Shain's Ford Bronco this morning in Sissonville, West Virginia. Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper has confirmed the news.