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'Buckwild' City Mayor

Cancel the Show

4/1/2013 1:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia -- where "Buckwild" is filmed -- says he hopes MTV will pull the plug on the controversial show after one of its stars, Shain Gandee, was found dead today.

Mayor Danny Jones tells TMZ ... “Of the few cast members on the show already two have had legal issues and now one has died.  The show only enhances the negative stereotype the Kanawha Valley already has. I hope the show’s life is short.”

The show has been surrounded by controversy from the beginning ... you'll recall, back in December WV Senator Joe Manchin blasted the show as a "travesty" that profits off of shameful behavior and urged MTV to cancel it even before it aired.  

Adding to the problem ... two "Buckwild" cast members were recently arrested for separate incidents -- Salwa Amin and Michael Burford. Amin in connection with a drug raid and Burford on suspicion of DUI.

As TMZ previously reported ... 21-year-old cast member Shain Gandee was found dead earlier this morning -- along with his uncle and one unidentified passenger -- inside a Ford Bronco, in Sissonville, WV.

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Fox    

Could all of this have happened because they gave rednecks money?

385 days ago
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IwuvTMZ    

So?

385 days ago
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Cricket    

I agree. I sympathize w/ the locals, same w/ the Jersey shore folks w/ their embarrassments, on yet another MTV piece of garbage. For what it's worth, I don't think most intelligent people believe all people from those areas are as ridiculous as the ones the televise.

385 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

No one forced them to be on t.v. Society condones bad behavior otherwise you wouldn't be seeing 'reality' shows. Fame can be costly.......and deadly.

385 days ago
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dman    

Please take the rest of reality TV with you when you go.

385 days ago
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matt    

Danny Jones needs to worry about his son and his drug problem and not a group of young people just enjoy life like they do on the show

385 days ago
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BreBrit    

Rip sweet angel

385 days ago
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Erik    

This guy is cold blooded, 3 people die, by what appears to be an accident, and his concern is how it makes his little ass town that no one has ever heard of look?

385 days ago
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Jessie Cervantes    

Damn thats crazy... they should cancel the show..

385 days ago
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Sherms    

I might side with him if this was something drug-related, or something like that. This appears to be nothing more than an accident (at this point and time). A tragic, tragic accident. What a terrible story. He was absolutely hilarious! He was the one I thought made the show.

385 days ago
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Laurin    

"I hope the show’s life is short” ... that's a sensitive way to put it

385 days ago
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Most H8d     

Why should the others involved in the show suffer? Why not find the cause of death and attack the problem. You don't make others suffer

385 days ago
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Chuggly    

MTV doesn't give a sheet about who dies or who's in jail as long as people watch and the money flows

385 days ago
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hotpad    

MTV would resurrect Hitler and throw him in a reality show if they could.

385 days ago
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SAYITWITURCHEST    

I can agree with him on one thing. There has been bad luck circling that cast which isn't good

385 days ago
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