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4/10/2013 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


8:22 AM PT -- A rep for MTV tells TMZ ... "Given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him."

The rep adds, "Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately."

MTV says ... this weekend, it will have a "day of programming dedicated to Shain in which we will air the entire first season of 'Buckwild'."

MTV is pulling the plug on "Buckwild" -- canceling the reality series that was rocked just 8 days ago by the death of cast member Shain Gandee ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the show tell us MTV decided to stop production in the middle of the second season of the show ... which followed the lives of young people in a rural West Virginia town.

We're told MTV didn't give the cast and crew any specific reason for the cancellation. An official announcement is expected Wednesday morning.

Gandee died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his Bronco last week ... when the vehicle got trapped in mud during an off-road excursion.

There were other issues since the show debuted in January -- the arrests of 2 other cast members ... Salwa Amin for drug possession and Michael Burford for DUI.

According to our sources, 4 episodes of Season 2 were shot, but will not air -- however, a special that was taped 2 months ago is expected to air.



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Shane was the glue that held it together anyway.

Everything they did was centered around his house or antics.

It was funny but sad at the same time.

570 days ago


Good. Let's hope the Kardashians (ho's r-us) will be next. The filth that is shown on that show week after week is disgusting.

570 days ago


I predicted it would be cancelled when they were running the initial promos for it. Why can't MTV have show that shows people trying to make a difference instead of trying to top every other show as being trashy and idiotic? It was as bad as Honey Boo Boo. Maybe if there were more shows that were positive - this world would be better!

570 days ago


LOL! And yet, MTV thinks Jenelle Evans belongs on their station? You've got to be kidding me! That slutty little drug addict should be banned from TV & Twitter.

570 days ago


As a company, they lacked any choice except cancellation. It would have devastated their--already greatly tainted--image.

570 days ago

Jamey Hunter    

This brings me great joy. How about cancelling MTV next?

570 days ago


All you stupid Jersey shore city D bags are so close minded and dont have a clue about rednecks! If the **** goes down a redneck will be the first person you will run too for protection!! Go Darrell WD!

570 days ago


Shae Bradley, PBOY PLEASE!

570 days ago


mtv has gone down the ****ter... so much for the good ol days when they actually played MUSIC and not stupid reality shows

570 days ago


I could see this becoming huge for Cara and Shae? Perhaps porn?

570 days ago


Never seen the show but as a mother I'm glad they cancelled the show. Too much bad Karma. IDC, a lot of these shows need to be cancelled. BBW, Teen Mom, Preachers Daughters and the list goes on. Pay too damn much for cable to endure crap like this! Not all reality tv is bad but damn it's enough out there to start boycotting and focus on the good

570 days ago

Spicy mag    

Just when it was getting interesting, they cancel it. So much for reality.

570 days ago


Who could expect that these idiots are too stupid to make it out of a 20 inches mudhole? If they will continue the series, the next idiots would die whilst eating or so...

570 days ago


One death, two drug busts - yeah it was a ratings gold mine

Gimme a freakin break. Bout time MTV went back to airing music videos cause this kinda crap is disgusting

570 days ago


It's disgusting of MTV to pay tribute to a POS who was drinking in a bar until 3:30 am and then hit the roads.

570 days ago
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