Discovery Channel has cancelled their Sons of Guns TV show after series star Will Hayden’s arrest on Wednesday. He’s been charged with aggravated rape. His arrest came two weeks after he was released on $150k bond following charges that he molested a child, his 12-year-old daughter.
Discovery said in a statement, “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.”
Sons of Guns is based on Red Jacket Firearms in Louisiana, a custom weapons company that Hayden founded and ran. The company posted a statement on its website Wednesday saying it has “initiated and received full legal separation as an entity” from Hayden.
The site notes, “With heavy hearts, we will be continuing to operate and ensure the fulfillment of new customer orders, back orders and to provide support to those affected by these new developments. WE are the Heart and Soul of Red Jacket and will remain steadfast in our commitment to quality and our customers, for years to come.”
The series debuted in January 2011 on Discover Channel. The fifth season of nine episodes completed its run on May 16th.
What do you think? Have you enjoyed the show? Do you think the quick cancellation was premature or, considering the charges, was it appropriate?