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A&E cancels “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”

A&E has axed the reality series about the Kiss bassist, his partner Shannon Tweed and their kids Nick and Sophie after seven seasons.
August 16, 2012

A&E has axed the reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels after seven seasons. The show, which followed the Kiss bassist, his wife Shannon Tweed and their kids Nick and Sophie, debuted in 2006 and became a ratings hit.

“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,” the network said in a statement. “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.”

“After having produced over 160 episodes of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, all of us at Thinkfactory Media are honored to have spent the last eight years with the Simmons-Tweed family,” added Thinkfactory founder and CEO Leslie Greif. “It’s rare that a show is able to connect with America and we are proud to have partnered with A&E on this iconic family journey.”

In addition, a cast statement from Simmons, Shannon Tweed and their children Nick and Sophie, said: “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,” they added. “This is not the end of our story, it’s the beginning of a new chapter.”

In May, the U.S. cable network also pulled the plug on another long-running reality title, Dog the Bounty Hunter.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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