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'Buckwild' City Mayor

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4/1/2013 1:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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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"What did you do today son?" "i went on and talked smack about a dead guy mom" "I'm so proud son"

573 days ago

Allen in WV    

So many of you are making comments about rednecks and WV that sound dumber then anything i heard on the few shows that i watched.

573 days ago


They should cancel but wont. I suspect the 3rd person was a camera man with MTV. MTV will use it for a ratings machine just like the discovery channel did when John Bunce killed himself during the filming of bearing sea gold.

573 days ago


They should have just left the truck submerged with him in funeral bill.

573 days ago


yeah, lets blame MTV for the stupid decision she made to do and sell drugs, and for the stupid decision he made to drive drunk. while my prayers go out to shains family for the suddne lost. blaming a tv show that has nothing to do with the his death or the poor stupid decision they dumbasses decide to make. you people are just as stupid as them. get over it and stop blaminb tv for the stupidity of people. blame their parents for not raising their piece of **** kids right.

573 days ago


That is ridiculous, that show had nothing to do with him passing. HAD THEY BEEN FILMING HE PROBABLY WOULD BE ALIVE. It had nothing to do with the fact he received money from the program hell look at his jeep, its not a nice expensive jacked up chevy its a older model bronco! People will look to place blame anywhere they like. RIP Gandee you went out like a true redneck, Glad to hear there was no pain. Prayers to his family he was an amazing guy so thankful for the show to get to know him.

573 days ago


One less person, we don't have to pay for welfare.

573 days ago



The RATING are going to shoot through the STRATOSPHERE...

Americans love this.....

573 days ago


PLEAAASSSSEEEE cancel this awful show!!!

573 days ago


Seriously, cancel the show. It was pure trash anyway.

573 days ago


yes this is sad and it won't be the same with out him but, cancelling it? I really liked watching it. I didn't think it was embarrassing for WV.. and geez people stop with the mean redneck stuff. You are the ones that are trying to embarrassing West Virginia. Anyways, R.I.P. Shain.

573 days ago


MTV had nothing to do with what happened recently in West Virginia. Those two people would have been arrested anyway, but it was just news because they were on t.v. Shain did all this before MTV, and the cameras weren't rolling when he passed away. But reality tv is getting too out of hand... there's just too much of it.

573 days ago


Ghetto white people...

573 days ago


R.I.P. Shane and cindolences to your family and friends. I wish all the reality shows were canceled and taken off the air. Especialy the ones featuring families and their family drama.

573 days ago


The show showed kids havin a good time! It happens ALL over America! I'm glad I was able to watch the show wish I could've met Shain!! And was plannin a trip South because of that show!

573 days ago
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