MTV has put the kibosh on their hit reality series Buckwild, following the unfortunate deaths of it’s star Shain Gandee, 21, his uncle David Gandee, 28, and friend Donald Robert Myers, 27. As we previously reported, the trio were out late off roading, or ‘mudding’ as they call it, when the vehicle became stuck in mud and filled with a poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
The decision comes as a surprise to the show’s producer, J.P Williams, who claims the channel planned to continue production just last week. The final choice to halt production indefinitely came early Tuesday morning, shocking Williams. According to US Weekly the producer claims:
“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 and they cancel the show? There’s something that smells of s— here on every level.”
Williams is obviously furious at the network’s decision to cancel his show, especially since he not only acts as producer but as manager to each of the show’s stars. He had planned to continue shooting for their sakes, and even considered a feature film.
“There was no explanation. My job is to protect these kids, this will get ugly.”
We can understand his frustration, but we wonder if this is the best decision for everyone involved. It cannot be helpful for these kids to have cameras in their faces while they attempt to grieve their friend. Especially if they continue to glorify the very antics that contributed to Gandee’s death.
Hopefully MTV will find a way to help the family and friends of Gandee in their time of need, perhaps off camera. With a tragedy such as this we would hope the network would choose to not exploit the loss. We wish everyone involved the best.