VH1 cast member Ryan Jenkins charged with murder of ex-wife, was also on I Love Money 3

Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3 contestant Ryan Jenkins was formally charged with murdering his ex-wife, meaning neither show will probably ever air as the shows’ production company admitted its background check “did not work.”

Jenkins was “charged with murder Thursday in the death of his ex-wife as the manhunt for the suspect spread to Canada and police provided gruesome new details about the killing,” the AP reports. Those details: “Jenkins removed the teeth and fingers of Jasmine Fiore, presumably to impede authorities in their efforts to identify the naked body after it was found stuffed in a suitcase in a California trash bin over the weekend.”

VH1 pulled the show off the air, and will probably never air it now, while Zap2it.com reports that “it’s unlikely that ‘I Love Money 3,’ which our source says Jenkins does indeed win, will ever see the light of day.” (That may be considered a spoiler, except the show will never air.)

Zap2it says “Jenkins went to 51 Minds — the shows’ production offices — early this week begging for them to cut him a check. They didn’t do it, but not from lack of trying on his part.”

As to production company 51 Minds, producers said in a statement to the media,

“51 Minds was not aware of Ryan Jenkins’ record when it cast him on ‘Megan Wants a Millionaire.’ Obviously, if the company had been given a full picture of his background, he would never have been allowed on the show. The company did have in place what it thought was a thorough vetting process that involved complete background checks by an outside company for all contestants on its shows. Clearly, the process did not work properly in this case. 51 Minds is investigating what went wrong and taking steps to ensure that this sort of lapse never occurs again.”

Police: Slain Model’s Fingers, Teeth Were Removed [AP]
Jasmine Fiore suspect Ryan Jenkins desperate for cash [Zap2it]

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