MTV has officially canceled “Buckwild,” the reality show based in West Virginia. The decision follows the death of its rising star, Shain Gandee. The 21-year-old’s body was found on April 1.
The release states, "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."
On Sunday, MTV will air a day of programming dedicated to Shain, and at 8 p.m. will share the special "Buckwild: WV to NYC, which was filmed prior to the beginning of production on Season 2. The special will pay tribute to Shain.
Shain Gandee, his uncle and a family friend died from carbon monoxide poisoning after the Bronco they were “mudding” in got stuck and mud reportedly clogged the exhaust.
Filming of the second season had started, but was postponed after the fatal accident. Other issues may have also affected MTV’s decision to pull the show. TMZ is reporting that two cast members had been arrested: Salwa Amin for drug possession and Michael Burford for DUI.
Funeral services for Shain and his uncle were held on Sunday. Family and friends wore camouflage in tribute to Shain’s love of hunting.