*The Discovery Channel’s special “Gun Country,” hosted by ultra-right wing rocker Ted Nugent, will not be returning to the network, reports FOX411.
Nugent said on a radio program in October that Discovery wanted to air his show “as a regular feature. We expect that there will be at least a dozen shows a year.”
The news comes soon after Discovery announced the cancellation of its popular show “American Guns” following two successful seasons in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown Conn.
The show later said in a statement: “Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show,” without providing a reason why.
Discovery’s decision to stop airing these two programs followed intense criticism on social media, according to FOX411.
“What an irony. I am following the news regarding the tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut, and I am listening to the speech of a heart-broken father of one of the young victims… At the same time, on Discovery Channel I’m seeing that absolutely disgusting freak show of yours of ‘Sons of Guns’ at the Discovery Channel, which is about sick people glorifying the use of assault guns,” a man who called himself a father of three wrote on the show’s Facebook page this weekend. “You should be ashamed of yourselves. If Discovery Channel has any moral conscience left, it should ban that show right away forever. I will never watch Discovery again until that show is pulled.”
Another viewer took to Twitter to note that the “rubbish” gun reality shows don’t “seem quite so appealing now,” while another questioned: “Is it really necessary to have shows such as American Guns and Sons of Guns on the Discovery Channel? Tell them we want them off the air.”
Reality shows revolving around guns, hunting and shooting have become staples on cable TV. From Discovery’s “Sons of Guns” to TruTV’s “Combat Pawn” to History Channel’s “Top Shot” to the dozens of series and specials on the Outdoor Channel, the reality genre has proved popular and profitable.