Following the most recent arrest of Will Hayden for the alleged rape of his twelve year old daughter, Discovery Channel has decided to stop production of the next season of Sons of Guns and cancel the series. That’s the news via Fox News, which posted the announcement earlier today. Discovery Channel still lists the program on its press website, but I’m guessing that will change before long. Filming of new episodes was put “on hold” following Hayden’s first arrest, but the latest statement from the network seems to officially put the brakes on the whole production . . .
“Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of ‘Sons of Guns’ and cancel the series,” the network said in a statement.
While we here at TTAG didn’t necessarily think the show was the greatest thing since sliced bread, nevertheless it was good to see some somewhat positive firearms-related programming on TV. Normalizing firearms ownership is a worthy cause, and Sons of Guns definitely fell into that category. Now that the show has been cancelled the number of popular gun related shows has dwindled to basically nil, which is a sad state of affairs.
As a Penn State alumnus, I know how much it sucks to be associated with the alleged bad actions of a single individual. It can’t be a good day in the shop at Red Jacket. We will update this story as we get more information.