The network had already suspended production on the second season of the reality show — with three episodes already in the can — after Gandee, 21, his uncle and a friend were found dead on April 1 near Sissonville, West Virginia from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
MTV announced the cancellation Wednesday (April 10) morning. However, the news was met with mixed reactions from the cast, who rallied on social media to make MTV reconsider its decision and save the show. But according to a new interview with Van Toffler, the president of MTV Viacom Music and Logo Group, he did not hesitate to pull the plug on the series after hearing about Shain’s passing.
“This guy was the rabble rouser and he was the one who instigated a lot of the fun and we shot three or four episodes already and we just felt like the show can’t go on without him,” Van told The Wrap.
As for the three episodes which the production company shot during the final weeks of Shain’s life, MTV has decided not to air them. However, the network will air a special, BUCKWILD: WV to the NYC, which was shot before production had begun on Season 2, and dedicate it to Shain.
“We shot the special that was set to run on Sunday, where a bunch of hip hop personalities went to West Virginia and the kids from West Virginia went to New York—a fish out of water story —and we are going to air that,” said Van. “There is a special tribute at the front of it and Sway, our on-air personality will talk about Shain and his influence. That will be the last episode with this cast.”
Shain’s Buckwild co-stars, however, feel that MTV should air the remainder of the second season in Shain’s honor. But Van said the network “couldn’t see how the show could air based on the nature of the show, about kids being buckwild in West Virginia, in light of this event. It just wouldn’t make sense.”
“MTV has been blamed for the demise of youth culture, but we try to do what’s right for the audience,” he added.
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