VH1 pulls Megan Wants a Millionaire due to “unfortunate” murder of contestant’s ex-wife

VH1 has pulled Megan Wants a Millionaire off the air and off its web site while at the same time distancing itself from the series, because one of its millionaire finalists’ ex-wife was murdered and he’s apparently fled from police. The fourth episode would have aired Sunday.

Ryan Alexander Jenkins is wanted for questioning by police regarding the weekend murder of his ex-wife, whose body was stuffed in a suitcase and put in a trash container, and police now “believe Jenkins walked across the [Washington] border to British Columbia,” according to the AP. Jenkins met Jasmine Fiore in Las Vegas after filming ended in March on the VH1 reality show, and they quickly married, but that was annulled in April. The AP notes he “was charged in June in Clark County, Nev., with a misdemeanor count of ‘battery constituting domestic violence’ for hitting Fiore in the arm and will be tried in December.”

All that’s left of the show’s web presence is this statement from VH1:

“Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on Megan Wants A Millionaire, an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1. The show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family.”

In other words, this show has nothing to do with us at all except for the fact that, you know, we ordered it and are broadcasting it and making money from it, all part of our pattern of casting unstable people on our string of knock-off dating competitions that have come to define our network.

Reality TV star sought in death may be in Canada [AP]
VH1’s Official Statement On Megan Wants A Millionaire [VH1]

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Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

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Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

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