No more mudding romps for MTV. The cable network has reportedly decided to cancel Buckwild -- its controversial reality show about a group of young, hard-partying West Virginians -- following the tragic accidental death last week of star Shain Gandee, his uncle and a friend. Although MTV has declined to comment, show producer J.P. Williams confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the channel halted production for good on the show.
And Williams is furious over MTV's decision. "This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy," Williams snipes, in a reference to popular shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. "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 and they cancel the show?" says Williams. "There's something that smells of s--- here on every level."
Just 21 years old, Gandee was found dead April 1 in his Ford Bronco along with his uncle David Gandee, 28, and pal Donald Robert Myers, 27; as confirmed by local authorities, the trio suffered fatal carbon monoxide poisoning after the vehicle became stuck in mud during a "mudding," or off-road driving, excursion.
According to producer Williams, who manages most Buckwild's young cast and produces the show, MTV told him as of last Friday that it intended to continue shooting the series. But on Tuesday, April 9, the network had changed course, canceling the show for good.
"There was no explanation," says Williams, who says he intends to continue shooting the series and maybe even finance a feature film. "My job is to protect these kids," he said. "This will get ugly."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Buckwild Canceled After Shain Gandee's Death, Producer Slams MTV