13 Reality TV Series That Were Cancelled After Controversy
Reality series thrive off of (mostly) unscripted drama and real-life issues, but sometimes off-screen incidents become just too controversial for a network to handle. Although there were rumors that Bachelor in Paradise was coming to a complete end after a scandal during the filming of season four, the series survived, but many others have not been as lucky. While reality TV might be one of the most popular genres on television, it is also the most scrutinized and some very serious situations have led to these shows getting the axe from their network. Here are 13 reality TV series that were cancelled after controversy:
13. Megan Wants A Millionaire
Megan Hauserman made a name for herself on multiple VH1 reality shows before she landed own of her very own called Megan Wants A Millionaire. The show featured Megan dating many wealthy men in order to complete her dream of becoming a trophy wife, making it sort of a trashier version of The Bachelorette. Things took a very serious, dramatic and complicated turn, however, when one of the men on the show, Ryan Jenkins, was found to be a wanted murder suspect in the killing of model Jasmine Fiore. Shortly after the news broke, Jenkins took his own life and VH1 promptly cancelled Megan Wants A Millionaire as well as I Love Money 3 which Jenkins was also slated to appear on.
12. Flip It Forward
Since HGTV focuses on home renovations and property buying and selling, it has probably the least dramatic of reality shows, but that doesn’t mean the network is free from scandal or controversy. Following the success of Property Brothers‘ twins Jonathan and Drew Scott, HGTV lined up twins David and Jason Benham for their own series, Flip It Forward. However, shortly before the series was set to air, HGTV pulled the plug stating, “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series,” after it had been discovered that David Benham had made several anti-Muslim, homophobic and anti-abortion statements in the past, specifically at a 2012 prayer rally.