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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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KEV    

They were all stupid before MTV showed up

538 days ago
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smurfya    

MTV and TLC both need to go.

538 days ago
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Allen in WV    

Mayor Danny Jones is an idiot! He has been more of an embarrassment then Buckwild has been.

538 days ago
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Allen in WV    

Danny Jones needs to show a little compassion. 3 young people died and all he cares is how is town looks. Charleston Makes West Virginia look bad. Not buck wild

538 days ago
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bmoon0399    

I think its a dumb idea to cancel buckwild i think its sad for what happen to shane he was my favorite from the show but i belive he wouldn't want that to happen

538 days ago
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Breezesblue    

THIS IS ABOUT A YOUNG MAN AND HIS UNCLE WHO PASSED AWAY IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT...IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS SHOW...HIS FAMILY NEEDS TO GRIEVE AND NEEDS KINDNESS RIGHT NOW...HE WAS MUDDING...GOT STUCK TOO DEEPLY...DIED FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING WITH HIS UNCLE AND A FRIEND...USE YOUR HEART FOR EXPRESSION AND NOT YOUR IGNORANCE PLEASE!

538 days ago
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Dante     

I'm from West Virginia and Buckwild was an awesome show. They better not cancel it cause how it makes some small ass town look. Before buckwild even aired people really didn't like WV. Now people kinda love it. We fell in love with the cast and more so Shane. This sucks his dead and my prayers go out to his family, but don't stop the show.

538 days ago
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mike    

no dont CANCEL the show its funny and a good show i like watching the show im sorry for family affected by this accident but if it was a accident i dont think they should cancel the show

538 days ago
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Megan Higgins    

this is the most ignorant selfish thing i have ever heard. A person was found dead in our state and the first thing that comes out of your mouth is "cancel the show?" how stupid and ignorant can you be? How about shains family and friends? How about condolences to them? How about supporting them you stupid political ignorant people. it has not been confirmed how they died so instead of saying they are druggies or dumb rednecks how about showing some compassion instead of thinking about your next election. No wonder i quit voting. its because of ignorant people like you

538 days ago
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lolurdumb    

If any of u think these shows are entertaining than your dumber than the hicks on them. Smh this is why are society is falling apart! Crap like this and people who watch it!!

538 days ago
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blakhoode    

Shain Gandee's death - as far as anyone knows - had nothing to do with the show, nor did the other two's arrests. Like a true politician, the major is trying to pull the wool over the people's eyes to get what HE wants. F him! Recast the show and bring on Season 2.

538 days ago
27.

CTHAXTON    

Did the good mayor also answer any questions about what was going on in his own neck of the woods?

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/03/west-virginia-mayor-danny-jones-relieved-after-sons-drug-arrest/

538 days ago
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Layla    

They should cancel West Virginia.

538 days ago
29.

whatsup    

I am from West Virginia. Buckwild is NOT filmed in Charleston, where Danny Jones is mayor. It is filmed in South Charleston and Sissonville. Danny needs to be more focused on his own son, who is in the South Central Regional Jail, after being busted for drugs. How dare he talk about others who may or may not have drug problems. He has his own skeletons to deal with, including his own.

538 days ago
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laffnbear    

Sounds like God is taking out the trash.

538 days ago
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