MTV said today it was “not appropriate” to continue with a second season of Buckwild after the death of star Shain Gandee, though the network will air a special, Buckwild: WV To NYC, on April 14. n Tuesday, a week after the 21-year-old reality TV star was discovered dead in West Virginia, the network decided to permanently pull the plug on the series, which MTV had renewed for a second season in February. The network says the special was shot before production had started on the show’s now-scrapped second season and has the blessing of Gandee’s parents. Buckwild: WV To NYC will feature a short tribute to Gandee, network sources say. MTV halted filming on Season 2 of the show called “the Jersey Shore Of Appalachia” on April 1 after Gandee’s body and two others were found dead in a car near Sissonville, WVa. Here’s the statement MTV released today:
After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of “BUCKWILD” in West Virginia. 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 our air and privately.
On Sunday, we will be running a special “BUCKWILD: WV to the NYC,” which was shot before production had begun on season two. With the support of his parents, Dale and Loretta Gandee, we will run the tribute following a day of programming dedicated to Shain in which we will air the entire first season of “BUCKWILD”.
“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,” said Loretta Gandee.
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