Duck Dynasty saw a ratings nosedive when it returned for its fifth season in January, which may have resulted in part from patriarch Phil Robertson's anti-gay remarks.
Buckwild was canceled last year after the death of cast member Shain Gandee and two others in an off-roading accident, and TLC swiftly pulled the plug on Honey Boo Boo this fall when pictures surfaced of star Mama June Shannon with a sex offender."A lot of the bad things that happen to not only 'hicksploitation' reality stars, but all reality stars, seem to happen after the first season," says Ryan Broderick, a reporter for Buzz Feed News who wrote about the dark side of America's redneck reality TV obsession in October.
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But it wasn't until the mid-2000s that the genre got a reality-show spin, beginning with CMT's Trick My Truck (a play on MTV's Pimp My Ride), and continuing with family-centric shows such as A&E's American Hoggers, CMT's Bayou Billionaires and History's Swamp People.
But as redneck stars are pushed further into the spotlight, so are their tragedies and missteps.
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