Ted Nugent's 'Gun Country' Off the Air at Discovery
The controversial rocker has made waves throughout 2012, including with defense of gun rights, and in the wake of the Newtown shooting, Discovery says that his series has concluded.
Ted Nugent's American Guns will not return to the Discovery Channel's lineup. Whether that is a change of plans -- and if so, why -- is in dispute.
The conservative rocker, who is an avid supporter of gun rights and antagonist of President Barack Obama, starred in the show Gun Country on the network in October, which featured him exploring America's "gun culture." The episode, which saw him firing machine gun rounds into bunkers among other things, garnered 864,000 viewers according to Nielsen.
Nugent claimed that it was a new series -- he already had one on the Outdoor Channel, and Discovery wanted to do a dozen episodes a year -- but no further episodes were aired, and the network said on Tuesday that it was a standalone event. In September, they called it a one-hour special.
"American Guns concluded earlier this year,” the network said in a statement. "Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show."
The announcement comes days after the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, which has already led to multiple cancelations from Hollywood, including the premiere of Tom Cruise's film Jack Reacher and the pulling of the show Family Guy by Fox on Sunday.
"Here’s a lifesaving alert to the dependent masses: Unarmed and helpless is unarmed and helpless," he wrote in a Washington Times op-ed in September. "The evil guys running amok here, there and everywhere appreciate you very much, for they are assured in your gun-free zones that you are incapable of doing a darned thing when they decide to eat you alive, beat you to death, rape, rob, assault, torture and do with you as they wish, for you, my poor pathetic sheep, have chosen to be unarmed and helpless. To bow before evil is as soulless as soulless gets. No thank you."
Discovery also canceled the show American Guns, which chronicles a family that manufactures firearms.