Ryan Buell leaving Paranormal State beacuse “we need some freedom to be and to grow”

The A&E reality series Paranormal State will lose its star and subject after five seasons of following Ryan Buell and his Pennsylvania State University Paranormal Research Society after Ryan announced he was quitting the show. However, the future of the series is unclear; an A&E representative told me that there is no official word yet whether it will continue without him and PRS or be cancelled.

Last week, in a long blog post explaining why he’s ending the show, Ryan–who last year came out as bisexual–wrote that “as we started to get towards the end of the fifth season, I began to realize that I was having a hard time, physically and mentally with everything,” and adds that “we need some freedom to be and to grow.”

Also in the post, he discusses the evolution of the series, and says that it “was never 100% our vision” because of the collaborate nature of TV. He says that, last Wednesday, “I informed the producers and the network that I would not be returning.”

Ryan wrote on Twitter that “there are still seven new episodes of PRS on Paranormal State to watch.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.