'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' Canceled By A&E
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' Canceled By A&E
After seven seasons and 160 episodes, A&E has canceled Gene Simmons Family Jewels, according the Vintage Vinyl Rock. The show, which has been both adored and reviled by rock fans, has shown a supposed "warts and all" look at the Kiss co-founder's long-term relationship with his girlfriend -- now wife -- former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed, their children Nick and Sophie, along with the facelifts, the alleged split between the couple due to Simmons' infidelities, and thwarted baby adoptions.
A&E issued a statement following the cancellation saying: "For seven great seasons, Gene, Shannon, Nick and Sophie have been part of the A&E family, and we could not be more proud of the unparalleled run of Gene Simmons Family Jewels. On behalf of everyone at A&E, we'd like to thank the production team at Thinkfactory Media, Gene and his amazing family for their partnership, collaboration and for opening up their lives, warts-and-all, to us throughout the years."
Gene Simmons said in his own statement: "With Kiss on tour and with my other business commitments, we have decided to draw the final curtain on our show. It has been a wonderful, life-altering experience for our family, and after seven successful seasons, we feel it's time to move on. A big thank you to A&E for allowing us to tell our story and a big thank you to our excellent producers Leslie Greif, Adam Freeman, Adam Reed, and the team at Thinkfactory Media. This is not the end of our story, it's the beginning of a new chapter. With love -- Gene, Shannon, Sophie, and Nick."
Upon its debut, Gene Simmons Family Jewels was trashed for being a staged, unfunny, and predictable rip-off of MTV's then-recent hit The Osbournes, featuring Ozzy Osbourne and his family. When we caught up with Simmons back in 2003, he made no bones about being a major fan of the show: "The music world is so full of boring people, it's great to see somebody who's interesting, at the very least, whether you're a fan of Ozzy's music or not. I mean, this is a unique guy, who's obviously survived the times, and here's hoping he and his family survive more."
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