Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who in the past had said he was “repulsed” by the MTV show “Buckwild,” is speaking out about the death of one of the reality program’s stars.
Shain Gandee, a prominent cast member in the hit series that followed the lives of the young residents of a West Virginia town, was found dead along with two others inside a vehicle along a muddy Kentucky road on Monday.
Local authorities said no foul play was suspected and the muffler of the Ford Bronco where the bodies were discovered was covered in mud.
Manchin said in an email to ITK, “Gayle, my family and I join all West Virginians in praying for the Gandee family as they go through this difficult time.”
In a letter last December, Manchin wrote to MTV’s president, “As a U.S. Senator, I am repulsed at this business venture, where some Americans are making money off of the poor decisions of our youth.”
Ahead of its network debut in January, MTV had described “Buckwild” as "an authentic comedic series following an outrageous group of childhood friends from the rural foothills of West Virginia who love to dodge grown-up responsibilities and always live life with the carefree motto, ‘whatever happens, happens.’”
In his letter, Manchin wrote, “Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior — and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong.”
At the time, Manchin urged MTV “to put a stop to the travesty called ‘Buckwild.’”
Production of the second season of the show was reportedly suspended following Gandee’s death.