CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- MTV is canceling W.Va.-based reality show "Buckwild" after star Shain Gandee's death, the network announced on its website.
"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. Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately," the statement read.
MTV will run a special, "Buckwild: WV to the NYC," which was shot before production on season two. "With the support of his parents, Dale and Loretta Gandee, we will run the tribute following a day of programming dedicated to Shain in which we will air the entire first season of 'Buckwild,'" according to the statement.
The statement also included comments from Loretta Gandee:
"Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time for our family. 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. 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."
The special will also include footage shot with "Guy Code" stars Charlamagne and Lil Duval, who visited the cast of "Buckwild" in West Virginia. The duo took the cast around New York during their trip to the city. The special will finish off a marathon of the first season of "Buckwild," which will air beginning at 2 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday.
"Buckwild" was controversial in West Virginia, where some embraced the program for its depiction of a fun-loving young group and others criticized it for accentuating stereotypes about mountain culture.
Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau spokeswoman Lindsay Gardner said, "We are greatly saddened by what has happened to the cast members. Yet, at the same time, we feel as though it didn't portray West Virginia in the best light."
"Buckwild" had a run of other trouble, including the arrest of cast member Salwa Amin on drug charges. Another man who appeared on the show, Michael Burford, who was known as "Bluefoot," was arrested and charged with driving under the influence earlier this year.