6 TV shows that got canceled due to controversies
The Roseanne revival was one of the biggest hits of last season, but after one tweet, it was all over. The star, Roseanne Barr, posted an controversial "joke" about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. She wrote that Jarrett, an African-American woman born in Iran, looked like "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby." The offensive tweet sparked massive outrage and ABC quickly cancelled the show.
But Roseanne isn't the only series to get the ax after bad publicity. Here are six TV shows that got canceled due to controversies.
1. 19 Kids and Counting
This reality show focused on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who have way, way too many children. In 2015, In Touch Weekly obtained a old police report that brought their ten season run to an end. According to the police report, the eldest son, Josh, told his father that he sexually molested two of his sisters and a family friend. After more molestation claims surfaced, advertisers dropped like flies, and TLC cancelled the series.
This HBO drama followed characters at a horse racing track, and starred Dustin Hoffman, who faced his own sexual assault allegations last year. It seemed like a hit, until they faced accusations of mistreating animals during production of season two. Three horses reportedly died on set, infuriating animal rights groups. Initially, the network defended the show, saying they "maintained the highest safety standards." But ultimately HBO decided to cancel the series.
3. The Good Life
This reality show followed singer CeeLo Green, as he tried to share his solo success with his old rap group. However, in between seasons, a 33-year-old woman accused CeeLo of giving her ecstasy at a restaurant. She said she had no memory of what happened between dinner with CeeLo and waking up naked in his bed.
In response, CeeLo tweeted this bizarre argument: "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously, so WITH Implies consent. People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" He later deleted the tweet and pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy. After a petition from a women's group, TBS cancelled the series.
4. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
This reality show was a ratings juggernaut, following "Toddlers & Tiaras" star Alana Thompson (aka Honey Boo Boo). The series also starred her cute Southern family, which got a lot less cute when her mother, June Shannon, was linked to Mark Daniels, a convicted sex offender. June's daughter, Anna Caldwell, aka "Chickadee," claimed Daniels molested her as a child. TLC cancelled the series because "supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority."
5. Paula Deen's Food Network shows
Celebrity chef Paula Deen had several shows on The Food Network, but it all came to an end in 2013. Lisa Jackson, a former chef at Deen's "Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House" restaurant, filed a lawsuit alleging she used racial slurs.
When Deen was questioned in a court of law, she admitted to using the slur in the past, but couldn't recall any specifics. However, she insisted, "Things have changed since the '60s in the south. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do."
After a public outcry, Deen apologized to her fans on YouTube, saying, "Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable... my children, my team, my fans, my partners — I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I've made." But it wasn't enough. Food Network did not renew her contract.
6. Megan Wants a Millionaire
On the reality series "Rock Of Love," women competed to be Bret Michael's girlfriend. You know, Bret Michaels, the lead singer from the rock band Poison? Before Tinder, VH1 reality shows where the only way celebrities could get dates.
Anyway, the show spawned a bunch of spinoffs, including "Megan Wants A Millionaire." In this series, Megan Hauserman, a former Rock Of Love contestant, tried to find a sugar daddy. Unfortunately, after three episodes aired, the show was suspended. One of the contestants, Ryan Jenkins, was suspected by authorities of murdering his wife, Jasmine Fiore. Her body was found strangled and stuffed inside a suitcase. After an arrest warrant was issued, Jenkins killed himself.
VH1 cancelled the series, and never aired the remaining episodes. Good idea, because Jenkins was one of Megan's top three finalists. In an interview with People, Megan reflected on the experience: "I try not to think too much about all this, but it's hard not to. This was such a close call. Jasmine and I could have been interchangeable."
Well, there you have it. Whoever said "all publicity is good publicity" was wrong.