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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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he died due to carbon monoxide poisoning while mud bogging.this mayor is using this guys death as an excuse to call to arms.rather pathetic of the mayor if you ask me

577 days ago


Danny Jones only enhances the negative stereotype the Kanawha Valley already has.

577 days ago


He was right! Give rednecks a camera and money and it becomes "Hey Yall watch this!"... famous last words.... Just wait.. it will be Alcohol related since they were at the bar till 3 am. He acted like an idiot, died like an idiot.

577 days ago


I think that this could happen to anyone, anywhere they live, they just so happen to be caught on camera doing stupid things. And we all love to hate it, and they are going through real problems just so happens theyre in the spotlight. I think its their life, their show, and laugh all the way to the bank. No one has to watch it if they don't want too. This coming from someone from Boston, and have you seen Wicked Single :\ eeehhh! And poor Shain, he seemed sweet.

577 days ago


I think people should shut up for a while til his family is ok for yall that are thinking bad about rednecks country folk and hillbillys **** you ass whole you dont know what fun is you stupid city slicker bitches if it werent for us you wouldnt eat have power or drink so think on that rip shain and all the other deaths that happened today.

577 days ago


Buckwild is one of the dumbest shows ever put on television. It should be cancelled immediately.

577 days ago


And cancel Duck Dynasty too! Not interested in seeing below-average Joes make fool of themselves, except for the Dallas Cowboys

577 days ago


MTV just doesn't care anymore-no quality control, no actual talent, no scripts and no actual music videos anymore. They're not even trying now.

577 days ago


Screw you all. This show is showing that there's more to celebrities than just stupid looks and glam! This mayor can shove it. The people on this are showing people that there is more to life than just the fake stuck up party poopers! Accidents happen okay!?!? Shain was a great guy he was funny and nice! Leave these poor people alone obviously you don't watch it if you're calling it stupid so if you don't like it than for comment on their stuff!

577 days ago

Peter Sc    

I happened to have passed through there many years back. The show seems to very close to reality. These people represent the population in that area very well.

577 days ago


Anyone up for a mustache ride!

577 days ago


TMZ you do not know what you are saying. Buckwild was taped in Sissonville, WV not Charleston, WV. Sissonville has nothing to do with Charleston. The mayor of Charleston has not jurisdiction at all.

577 days ago


People just need to be respectful and stop being so nasty! No matter how you look at it, it was a tragic accident, yes it would not have gotten as much attention had this young man and his friends not been on tv; but they were so it is news whether people like it or not. He was someones son, grandson, friend, and they don't deserve to be disrespected this way because you don't like the show or how they live their lives! Rest in Peace Shain!

577 days ago


the Mayor hopes the show's life is short? What a disgusting choice of words

577 days ago


Lot of pieces of #$%# on this website.

Off roading accidents happen all the time. You have to be a complete pathetic loser to celebrate someone else's death.


577 days ago
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