After much speculation it’s been confirmed that MTV has cancelled the 2nd season of “Buckwild” following the death of the show’s star Shain Gandee. This news comes more than a week after Gandee, 21, was found dead April 1 in his vehicle, along with his uncle and a friend, after going off-roading, or ”mudding,” on a remote road in West Virginia. The local sheriff’s office ruled that that deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, likely from the car’s tailpipe being completely submerged in mud, caused the death.
At the time of Gandee’s death the show was currently in production and was immediately suspended until further notice. Reports stated that grief counseling was quickly was set up on location for the cast, crew and their families. At that time, Charleston, West Virginia Mayor Danny Jones urged the network to cancel Buckwild, noting, “the show only enhanced the negative stereotype the Kanawha Valley already has.”
According to sources close to the show, internal conversations between producers were had on the day of Gandee’s death about potentially “softening” the show, which has focused on such behavior as off-roading, tire roll-downs and hard partying. But doing so likely would prove incongruous with the show’s brand — and potentially turn off viewers in the process.
As always, our thoughts and prayers go out to Shain’s family.
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