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April 11, 2013

MTV cancels show blasted by W. Va. Sen. Joe Manchin

MTV has decided to pull the plug on "Buckwild," a West Virginia-based reality show that the network had hoped would become the next "Jersey Shore" in popularity. The show was so despised by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., for its raucous portrayal of young people in the state that he was actively lobbying to get it shelved.

But Manchin's efforts didn't get the show nixed. The death of Shain Gandee, a 21-year-old "Buckwild" cast member, did.

"After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of 'Buckwild...,'" MTV said in a statement. "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."

Last December, Manchin, a former West Virginia governor, fired off a letter to MTV President Stephen Friedman requesting that he "put a stop to the travesty called 'Buckwild.'"
"Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior - and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong," Manchin wrote. "This show plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia."




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