MTV Cancels Buckwild After Death of Shain Gandee

Reality series will not go forward with production of second season

By Kristin Dos Santos Apr 10, 2013 2:55 PMTags
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UPDATE April 10, 2013: MTV released a statement confirming that "after careful consideration," it has has scrapped Buckwild for good.

"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," said the cable channel.

This Sunday, MTV plans to run a special Buckwild: WV to the NYC, which was filmed before production on season two had begun. The network said that with the "support" of Shain's parents, Dale and Loretta Gandee, it will air the tribute following reruns of the entire first season of Buckwild dedicated to the reality star's memory.

"Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time for our family," Loretta said. "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."

His mom added: "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."


MTV has opted to cancel Buckwild in the wake of the death of one of its stars, Shain Gandee, a source close to the show confirms to E! News.

The fate of Buckwild was left hanging after Shain was found dead April 1 in his vehicle, along with his uncle and a friend, while going off-roading or "mudding" in West Virginia. The cause of death was reported to be carbon monoxide poisoning, due to the car's tailpipe becoming covered with mud.

Production was immediately suspended following Gandee's death, and the unscripted series—which focused on "mudding" and partying—was in the middle of shooting the second season. A source confirms that MTV executives have decided not to move forward with producing any further episodes.

Buckwild averaged more than 3 million viewers in its first season and was one of the highest-rated shows on MTV.

MTV did not immediately respond to request for comment.

(Originally Published April 9, 2013 @ 10:41 p.m. PT)