The cancellation of Live P.D. has led to a call to boycott A&E. However, not everyone using the #BoycottAandE hashtag on Twitter opposes the show going off the air.
Amid the ongoing protests against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death — and the calls to defund the police — Cops was canceled and Live P.D., another reality show about law enforcement officers airing on the A&E network, was put under review after a report revealed a Live P.D. camera crew was present and recording footage of Javier Ambler pleading “I can’t breathe” during his fatal arrest in 2019. A&E, along with MGM’s Big Fish Entertainment, which produced the show, announced Wednesday that a decision had been reached to cancel Live P.D.
The decision to ax the highly rated show has since been criticized, leading with the “shocked” and “disappointed” show host Dan Abrams, as well as Megyn Kelly, who slammed the censorship of this as well as HBO Max’s decision to yank Gone With the Wind, leading to its trending on Twitter.
Shocked & beyond disappointed about this. To the loyal #LivePDNation please know I, we, did everything we could to fight for you, and for our continuing effort at transparency in policing. I was convinced the show would go on. . More to come. . .https://t.co/WWh7fDrig2
— Dan Abrams (@danabrams) June 11, 2020
‘Live PD’ is consistently one of the highest rated shows on cable. But now it may go away bc even watching a police show is somehow offensive to some. (Secret option #2: if you don’t like it, don’t watch.) https://t.co/CKmlcoZxnN
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 10, 2020
And there it is… https://t.co/kWDztzPvcD
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 11, 2020
Fans of Live P.D. have said that it was more than a police show. The drama “saved so many missing children & got bad people off the streets,” wrote a commenter.
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