VH1 Cancels Reality Shows Featuring Ryan Jenkins
The network pulls the plug on Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3
Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3, two VH1 reality TV shows that featured accused killer Ryan Jenkins as a contestant, have been cancelled, PEOPLE confirms.
The news comes a day after Jenkins, 32, was found dead in a Canadian hotel room. Authorities in Orange County, Calif., charged him Aug. 20 with Jasmine Fiore’s murder, five days after her mutilated body was found in a suitcase in a trash bin.
The production company behind Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3, 51 Minds, says it was “not aware” of Jenkins’s record when he was cast on the shows, even though the company ran background checks on all the contestants.
A former contestant on one of the shows tells PEOPLE that if producers knew Jenkins had any criminal background, they would not have put him on the show.
“We did give them lots of extensive background information,” says the former contestant, who did not want to be identified. “They wanted to know my criminal history, social security numbers, multiple different times, and drivers’ license numbers. They did a pretty thorough check on me and I’ve got to assume they did it for everybody else.”
A shocked Dan Jenkins, Ryan’s father, spoke out Monday, telling the Los Angeles Times that “the boy we knew was not capable of anything remotely close to this act.”
“You talk to everyone here who knew him before he went down there and they’ll talk about a wonderful young man, a thoughtful man,” his father said.
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