NEW YORK (WTVO/WSPA) UPDATE: The popular A&E show “Live PD” has been canceled, the show’s host Dan Abrams confirmed on Twitter Wednesday night.
The cancelation of the show comes in the wake of George Floyd’s death and protests against police brutality, as well as the cancelation of “Cops” by the Paramount Network on Tuesday.
“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on ‘Live PD,’” A&E said in a statement to Deadline. “Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.”
“Live PD” host Dan Abrams says fans can expect to see the show again after A&E abruptly pulled the show from air in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody.
Paramount Network also canceled the long running show “Cops” this week after running for 32 years.
The shows have faced backlash for highlighting police officers at a time that protest groups are calling for police reform or abolition altogether.
“To all of you asking whether #LivePD [is] coming back… The answer is yes,” said Abrams, on Twitter on Tuesday. “All of us associated with the show are as committed to it as ever.”
He added, “We are still discussing some specifics but I want to assure the #LivePDNation that we are not abandoning you.”
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