MTV has decided to cancel their Sissonville, West Virginia based reality show “Buckwild” following the death of its star, Shaine Gandee.
This has caused varying reactions — including a rant on life from the show’s director, and a thumbs up from the town’s mayor.
In an exclusive interview with the web site The Wrap, MTV chief Van Toffler said the decision to end the show was not difficult.
“Shain was such a sweet kid. He was the heart and soul of the show, in many ways. So we have to deal with that emotionally.
“This guy was the rabble rouser and he was the one who instigated a lot of the fun… we shot three or four episodes already, and we just felt like the show couldn’t go on without him.”
The show’s director, J.P. Williams, however, was not happy about the decision. In The Hollywood Reporter, he said he thought the death was a life lesson that needed to be shown and dealt with:
“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–t here on every level.”
Gandee died with two other men of carbon monoxide poisoning after his truck got stuck while they were off-roading. Williams says he was told Friday that MTV would keep the show, then the network suddenly changed its mind. “There was no explanation,” Williams says. He implies that he’ll keep shooting, and may look to fund and produce a Buckwild movie. “This will get ugly.”
Meanwhile, the mayor of nearby Charleston, West Virginia, Danny Jones told TMZ he’s “relieved and happy the show is cancelled. The show does nothing for us and exaggerates every negative stereotype about us.”