AFTER a period of confusion, it has been confirmed that Family Jewels – the reality show starring KISS bassist Gene Simmons – has been cancelled.
US cable network A&E confirmed the news, first tweeted half a day previously by Simmons’ wife, Shannon Tweed.
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, the network said: “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.”
Tweed originally Tweeted: ““I just got word that our show Gene Simmons Family Jewels will not be picked up”, later adding: “I wasn’t complaining, just reporting. We are all moving on doing tons of other things! You will see.”
But the official Twitter feed of the show, which began in 2006 and has boasted 156 episodes, later contradicted Tweed, saying: “GSFJ fans spread the news – we are NOT cancelled!!!!
Simmons suggested in the final statement from the network that the decision was mutual – something that seems unlikely given Tweed’s initial announcement.
Simmons as quoted as saying: “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.”
Recent GSFJ ratings in the US have amounted to about a third of its original audience in 2006.