Kate Ward
Kate Ward is the current Executive Editor for, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and, and a forever fan of pop culture. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Ward — whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine — loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points, despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, Ward is likely the oldest person to attend "American Idols LIVE!" every year with her mom.
  • MTV Movie Awards: The 9 Strangest Hosts
    By: Kate Ward Apr 12, 2013
    In 2013, the MTV Movie Awards locked in the pitch perfect host: Rebel Wilson, the young, hilarious star of Pitch Perfect who already won over the teen demographic in 2012's surprise a cappella hit.  But before Wilson promised comedy for viewers, we sat through selection of hosts that only promised confusion. While recent years have trended towards hip comedians (like 2010's Aziz Ansari and 2011's Jason Sudeikis), the late '90s and early 2000s delivered a series of hosts more confounding than how well Seann William Scott wears a girl's tank top.  So who were the nine strangest hosts in MTV Movie Award history? Click below to find out!  GALLERY: 9 Strangest Hosts of the MTV Movie Awards [Image Credit: MTV] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • Why 'American Idol' Needs Lazaro Arbos
    By: Kate Ward Apr 10, 2013
    We should consider ourselves lucky Nikki McKibbin, Corey Clark, Scott Savol, Sanjaya Malakar, Danny Gokey, Tim Urban, Jacob Lusk, and Elise Testone were contestants on American Idol. And that's coming from an Idol superfan who absolutely despised Nikki McKibbin, Corey Clark, Scott Savol, Sanjaya Malakar, Danny Gokey, Tim Urban, Jacob Lusk, and Elise Testone.  And five weeks into Season 12's finals, we should consider ourselves lucky that Lazaro Arbos has not only managed to outlast four more talented male contestants, but also attract an astonishing number of votes for a contestant so far out of his league, you might as well name him Kit. Because without Arbos, we'd be left with a crop of singers talented enough to sit alongside Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood on the Billboard charts. We'd be left with a crop of singers with interview packages charming enough to help us develop an unhealthy obsession with their Twitter feeds. But mostly, we'd be left with a crop of talented singers and no villian.  As much as the Idol viewing experience revolves around rooting for your favorite contestant, it also revolves around rooting against your least favorite contestant. What's the fun of loving a Tamyra Gray, Jordin Sparks, or an Adam Lambert if you can't hate a McKibbin, Malakar, or Gokey? (Heck, Season 6's ratings dropped a whopping nine percent after Malakar's elimination.) American Idol is a reality series without built-in twists, smack talk-inducing confessionals, and camera-ready weave-pulling. (That is, unless you count this.) If not for each season's anointed villain, it would be a reality series devoid of drama.  And, boy, is Arbos drama. Though his ability to sing through a speech disorder is certainly inspiring, the past few weeks have proven Arbos is as arrogant as he is ill-prepared. Just see his inability to remember lyrics in multiple performances and his dismissive response to negative feedback from Randy following his disastrous "For Once In My Life": "No problem, boo." And don't even get me started on his excuse that he had learned "In My Life" a mere 24 hours before his middling performance, a claim rebutted by Jimmy Iovine, who said he had been working on the song with Arbos for several days. I could go on — for paragraphs, and probably even days — about how much I dislike this Idol contestant... and that's exactly what Idol needs. Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, and Janelle Arthur are five extremely talented women with a real shot of making it in the music industry. I can only pray to the AT&T gods that they're rewarded the top five slots they so deserve. But I'm also ashamed to admit I'd be a bit disappointed to let go of Arbos, a contestant who is just so much fun to hate.  True, there have been a couple Idol seasons that were extremely enjoyable without the presence of villains. The dueling Davids was enough to carry Season 7, and Season 2 hit Idol's first televised sweet spot with the sweet friendship between Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. But Season 12's fabulous five females don't quite boast the innovation of Season 7's contestants, or the advantage of being members of a fresh new reality series like Season 2's singers. Season 12, with all of its undeniable talent, runs the risk of being boring. And while some Idol fans would point to Arbos' mere presence as evidence of the existence of the Rule of Three (every third Idol season is a terrible one), a drama-free season could very well put it over the edge.  Do I hope Arbos sings his farewell tune soon? Of course. Will Idol's top five girls make it in the industry regardless of their placement? In the name of Jennifer Hudson, I do believe so. Do I hope Arbos makes it as far as the top three? Absolutely not — I have ears, don't I? But as fun as it is to hear Glover belt a serious note or Holcomb nail an impossible run, our Internet-trolling generation is addicted to hating on the most obnoxious of Arbos quotes. No doubt we'll even find something to hate in this one — Arbos tells the sympathy vote is not responsible for his existence on the show. "It's getting a bit old and people have to let go of that," he says. "They keep saying that that is the only reason why I'm on the show, and I would just like to say that I haven't talked about my speech since day one, and the people that love me love me for my songs, and they also love me for my speech, but they don't say, 'Oh, I love the way you talk so much.'" Unfortunately for Arbos, until he's let go from the show, fans eager to cling onto their five favorite girls won't stop blaming his success on the sympathy card. Nor will they let go of their desire to send him packing. But these same fans will undoubtedly be disappointed when Arbos is gone, no matter how ardently they watch in the coming weeks, hoping that he finally sings his swan song. And that's why Idol, as its ratings continue to decline, desperately needs its villain: Fans are riled up, but they're still watching, aren't they? Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard More:'American Idol': Will the Judges Use Their Save? 'American Idol' Top 6 Singing Beyoncé, Adele, and MoreBurnell Taylor Says Amber Holcomb Has a Crush on Him Too From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Pics of The Rock Making Things Look Small (Vulture)
  • What Happened to 'Jurassic Park' Star Ariana Richards, and 30 Other Child Stars?
    By: Kate Ward Apr 10, 2013
     Yes, Lexi safely climbed into a helicopter at the end of Jurassic Park and popped up briefly in 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but what happened after that? What happened to actress Ariana Richards after she wiggled her way into our hearts like a spoonful of green JELL-O?   Turns out the actress embarked on a surprising new career path. Though her co-star Joseph Mazzello stuck to acting, Richards opted to chase another art form: Art. The actress-turned-painter has even received acclaim in her new day job, placing first in 2005's National Oil Painting Competition with Lady Of The Dahlias, seen below. To find out how Richards spent her post-Jurassic days — and to discover the fates of The NeverEnding Story's Barret Oliver, Life Is Beautiful's Giorgio Cantarini, and 29 other child actors you likely forgot about — click through the gallery below! GALLERY: What Happened to 31 Child Stars You Forgot About Follow Kate On Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: Universal Pictuers;] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • 'Celebrity Apprentice': Dennis Rodman Insults Melania Trump, and 6 Other Ridiculous Moments
    By: Kate Ward Apr 08, 2013
    Something smell fishy? No, I'm not just talking about Melania Trump's Caviar Complexe skin care line, which our D-listers were forced to create a 60-minute advertisement for Sunday night. I'm talking about the fact that Dennis Rodman — the Celebrity Apprentice star who looks like he wandered out of a TLC series — was chosen to be Project Manager for the show's 60-minute advertisement for Melania Trump's Caviar Complexe skin care line. In just two weeks — in two abridged one-hour segments — Celebrity Apprentice rid its cast of the two most drama-producing stars, Omarosa and Dennis. And, with Penn Jillette picking up his first Project Manager win and bored cowboy Trace Adkins narrowly escaping elimination, it seems the reality show has come to the point in the series when it pretends it has hired stars that actually harbor a modicum of business savvy. So, essentially, the point in the series that's about as interesting as an endless loop of Ready For Love advertisements. Thank god we still have Busey. But before we actually start caring about who should reel in the Celebrity Apprentice win this season, we have bigger fish to fry — read on for the seven most ridiculous moments of Sunday's Celebrity Apprentice! RELATED: 'Celeb Apprentice': Dennis Is Actually a Modern Artist 7. Melania's a Big FishWhich is precisely why Mrs. Trump opted to use little fish eggs in her skin care line, which she claimed to be researching for 10 years. (If, of course, by "researching" skin care products, she meant simply "using" skin care products, expect my heavily "researched" line of peanut-butte-served-on-spoon to hit stands soon.) Also, it didn't hurt that caviar only manages to further the Trump mission to thurst opulence at American consumers. (Trust me, I didn't like using "Trump" and "thrust" in the same sentence any more than you liked reading it.) Next up for Melania: Toothbrushes with bristles made from black American Express cards, Bubble bath soaked in pieces of water polo horse, and Tru Blood serum made with real bits of Eric Trump.  6. Gary Busey's Day OffAt least, it seemed Busey wasn't quite present during Sunday's episode — and, for once, we're not referring to his state of mind. But just as I began to write in my notes that the episode, like all television programs, didn't feature enough Busey, the Oscar-nominated actor popped up to pitch himself as a spokesman for Melania's line, claiming he could sell the product to "men homosexual and heterosexual." His catchphrase of choice, "This is no longer a secret weapon. It is now a secret miracle," also happens to be the exact phrase reality TV producers use to describe Busey himself.  RELATED: 'Celeb Apprentice': Dennis Cures Homelessness 5. James Bond and Caviar Go Together Like James Bond and Casual FridayStill, that didn't stop Project Manager Dennis to pitch an ad concept involving 007 and caviar, which he claimed was seen in every James Bond film.  4. "Be very promiscuous with your caviar."Best line from Dr. No, bar none. 3. "I give us all half stars."The most apt quote of the night came from Dennis, who refused to give one single team member a star for their work in the boardroom. Instead, Brande, Trace, Lil Jon, and Dennis were rewarded with a half star, which means, collectively, Team Power's four D-list all-stars are equivalent to two stars. Congratulations, Dennis, for being unintentionally self-aware! RELATED: 'Celeb Apprentice': Omarosa and LaToya's Fight 2. The Continued Existence of Eric TrumpThough it's impossible to not pity the enormous vampire Trump when Dad balks at Dennis' insult of Melania (see No. 1), but fails to even mention Penn calling Eric a "disruptive force." We know now why you cry, poor, sad, enormous vampire.    1. Who is Milania?One of the most heinous children to ever appear on television (sorry, King Joffrey — you are not quite the best at being the worst), but definitely not Donald Trump's wife. (That is, not until the young Real Housewives of New Jersey star is old enough to compete in Miss USA.) But rather than double-checking their spelling, Celebrity Apprentice's Team Power managed to incorrectly label Melania Trump "Milania" in their promotional materials. More ridiculous than Dennis' claim that Penn's incorrect labeling of Melania as the skin care line's "spokesperson" was worse than the misspelling, was the fact that Stephen Baldwin was the first to notice the error... claiming the correct spelling was "Malania." (Just a regular Saoirse Ronan, this Melania is!) Eventually, though Trace designed the posters, Dennis' oversight and Trump's incessant need to make Trace like him was enough to cut the basketball star loose. "Hate to lose him," Trump said as Dennis exited out the door. And since we're talking about a reality star who spent his first Celebrity Apprentice season sleeping, and his second asking Mrs. Trump if he could rifle through her bathroom, so do we, Trump.   [Image Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC] From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Pics of The Rock Making Things Look Small (Vulture)
  • 'Saturday Night Live': Will Melissa McCarthy Save the Season?
    By: Kate Ward Apr 06, 2013
    The back half of Saturday Night Live's Season 38 had hit a slump. Starting in January, the series booked promising host after promising host (Jennifer Lawrence, Adam Levine, and Christoph Waltz, to name a few), only to leave us wondering why we promised ourselves we'd stay home on Saturday night to watch them crash and burn.  The series, seemingly aware that their winter was becoming a bit too dead, got themselves back on track in early March when they recruited MVP Justin Timberlake to hit a comedic homerun. And it seems they intend on rounding the bases yet again with second-time host — and, let's face it, future five-timer — Melissa McCarthy, who returns to the series Saturday night with musical guest Phoenix.  RELATED: Melissa McCarthy's 'SNL' Promo Proves She's the Best With both a sitcom (Mike & Molly) and a movie (June 28's The Heat) to promote, you'd best believe the comedienne will bring the same level of dedication that led to memorable SNL moments like these: So, that's right: Do do do do do, we're gonna be lovin' McCarthy on SNL. But will you be tuning in this week? Talk about the episode here, and be sure to return Sunday morning for our full recap. There will be puppies. (No, there won't be. Sorry.) RELATED: About That 'Humongous' Quote, Rex Reed... From Our PartnersHayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)Pics of The Rock Making Things Look Small (Vulture)
  • 10 Actually Great Moments from Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show'
    By: Kate Ward Apr 03, 2013
    After 22 years, dozens of new cars, and millions of increasingly frustrated late night fans, NBC confirmed Wednesday that Jay Leno would be surrendering his Tonight Show seat in 2014 to Jimmy Fallon.  So while Team Coco might be cheering that the seemingly immortal late night host is finally leaving the show four years after he was first supposed to, Team Leno (Anyone? Bueller?) will be looking back fondly on some of the host's funniest moments.  RELATED: What Fallon Said About Replacing Leno What's that? You're saying those moments never existed? Believe it or not, you're wrong! Below, see 10 Tonight Show moments that were actually funny... even if most of them had nothing to do with Leno.  Jaywalking: The segment — which asked normal citizens to answer grade school questions about politics, science, and history — is the most depressing exposé of the failings of the American education system. But, still, hilarious!   Jaywalking All-Stars: And you thought Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars featured the dumbest people on television.  RELATED: Why so many 'Tonight Show' Controversies? Headlines: Because certainly, I'm not the only one who enjoyed these as '90s bathroom reading? Dancing Itos: Sad that a famous athlete is about to get off for a heinous double murder? Don't get down — instead, watch these dancing Judge Itos from a 1995 O.J. Simpson parody get down! Hugh Grant Charms Our Pants Off: ...Just like he did Divine Brown, the prostitute the actor was with when he was arrested for lewd conduct in 1995. During Grant's first public appearance since the arrest, Leno asked the question we were all wondering: "What the hell were you thinking?" Incredible that the actor healed all wounds with the simple stammered statement, "I did a bad thing. There you have it." Swoon.  RELATED: Jay Leno's Next Job: Soap Opera Actor?   Jason Sehorn Proposes: Less funny than sweet, Leno was a charming Greek chorus when the football star proposed to Angie Harmon on national television. (Fellow guest Elton John steals all the funny points for his response to Leno's question about Sehorn's appearance: "What if he wanted to come out?")   Katie Couric Hosts Tonight: A publicity stunt led to everyone's favorite morning anchor replacing everyone's least favorite late night host. Hey, at least Leno didn't choose Lauer.  Ross the Intern: Without Jay Leno, we wouldn't have Ross Mathews, which means we wouldn't have funny late night campaign and Olympics coverage, which means we wouldn't have Ross on Chelsea Lately or Celebrity Fit Club or on the E! red carpet, and I think I'm starting to lose my support here. Michael Jackson Loophole: Leno got clever in 2005 when he was legally barred from joking about the Michael Jackson trial because of his role as a witness. Since the topic was about as unavoidable in California as people talking about the supremacy of In-N-Out (#TeamShakeShack), Leno opted instead to invite high-profile comedians like Dennis Miller and Roseanne Barr to perform the jokes for him. No surprise, video evidence of the stunt is as difficult to find on the Internet as Jackson-Presley shippers. Paul Newman vs. Leno: The acting legend might have been robbed of an Oscar nine times throughout his long career, but he did win his 2005 go-cart race against Leno, which the late night host calls one of his favorite moments of his hosting career.  From Our PartnersSee 'Game of Thrones' as 'Mad Men' (Vulture)Hayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)
  • The 20 Most '90s Moments of 'Jurassic Park'
    By: Kate Ward Apr 03, 2013
    It's hard to believe Jurassic Park first hit movie screens 20 years ago. It's even harder to believe we accepted the clothing below as fashionable 20 years ago.  But high-waisted pants and jaunty neckerchiefs are hardly the only things in the film straight out of the colorful decade. Click our gallery to find out the 20 most '90s moments of Jurassic Park . None of them involve neon. Psych! GALLERY: 20 Most '90s Moments of 'Jurassic Park' [Image Credit: Universal Pictures] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • 20 Years After 'Jurassic Park,' a Dinosaur-Chicken Hybrid Could Soon Exist
    By: Kate Ward Apr 02, 2013
    In 1993, Jurassic Park learned a lot from Jack Horner. The Montana State University paleontologist advised Steven Spielberg and crew on the set of the Michael Crichton adaptation on the true behavior of some of the prehistoric era's most friendly and frightening species. But Horner also learned a lot from Jurassic Park. So much, in fact, that the professor began work on bringing those friendly and frightening species to life off the screen. "The whole idea of making a dinosaur came from [Crichton's] original idea," Horner tells "I kept thinking, 'There's got to be a way to do this.'"  So after shooting on the film wrapped, Horner — along with some ambitious graduate students — got to work on recreating a dinosaur. They tried extracting DNA from a Tyrannosaurus Rex specimin, but that turned out to be as helpful as hiding from a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a flimsy bathroom. Instead, almost two decades after Spielberg's classic screened in theaters, Horner realized the easiest way to bring dinosaurs back to life was to create a dino-chicken. And if you're thinking that sounds like a chicken that's been retrofitted to look like a dinosaur, you'd be exactly right.   RELATED: De-Extinction Could Create a Real 'Jurassic Park' It's not as crazy as it sounds. After all, Horner's process, which involves the paleontologist genetically modifying chicken eggs, is an accelerated form of breeding that targets DNA instead of reproduction. And chickens — along with all birds — are aready equipped with dinosaur DNA, making their eggs the cheapest option for Horner's experiments. "We really don't have to do anything because they're already a kind of a dinosaur," Horner says. "[But] sixth graders just aren't happy with that. If you're going to call it a dinosaur, they want it too look like a dinosaur." But how in the name of Dr. Alan Grant — the Jurassic Park paleontologist portrayed by Sam Neill and inspired by Horner — can a chicken look like a dinosaur? It's not quite a one-step process. Horner's team is currently working on identifying and reversing the gene that removed the long tail worn by chickens' prehistoric ancestors, who most resembled the Coelurosauria. Once they do locate the gene for the tail, they'll move on to three-fingered hands, the mouth, and so forth until "we get something that really does look like an ancient dinosaur," Horner says. While skeptics might sniff at Horner's initial 2014 dino-chicken goal date, they should take note: Scientists have already discovered a way to turn on the gene that gives chicken alligator-like teeth. (Still, Horner says "it's going to be a surprise" exactly when his team does identify the gene.) RELATED: Big Name Leaves 'Jurassic' for 'Star Wars' Knowing Horner's goals, it's easy to wonder if we'll begin to grow fearful of having chickens in our kitchen. But just as a chihuahua bred from a wolf still barks at bigger dogs, a dino-chicken genetically modified from a chicken will still cluck like a chicken. "It might have to learn how to walk a little, just because it will have an extra something on its back end," Horner says. "[But while] it will look like a dinosaur, it will just act like a chicken." (As for ethical questions surrounding Horner's experiments, the paleontologist says, "Part of the project is to show people that it's not dangerous and it's not a bad thing ... I've never heard anybody say, 'Well, I don't know, should we have made a chihuahua?'") Which means even if a Jurassic Park is in our future, we shouldn't expect car trips more exciting than a drive past a farm. Even if the park comes complete with plenty of clever velociraptors. "You're never going to have the problems you have in Jurassic Park, because animals are not that interested in eating people," Horner says. "They're not going to break through buildings or tear holes in your car to get you when they are plenty of other animals around that they don't have to work so hard for. You only have vengeful dinosaurs and vengeful animals like sharks and stuff in movies." Like 2014's Jurassic Park IV, which has once again recruited Horner as an adviser. And though the paleontologist is remaining mum about the film's plot details ("It's going to be a scary movie," is all he'll say), perhaps the dinosaurs will look a bit different this time around. After all, in the past 20 years, paleontologists have confirmed that the prehistoric animals were much more plumed than we previously thought.   RELATED: 'Jurassic Park 3D': The Poster! Not that 1993's Jurassic Park was exact science. Though Horner did advise production to tweak some details — for example, instead of sniffing at the kitchen door, the warm-blooded velociraptors were supposed to wag their tongue, a trait only exhibited in cold-blooded animals — Spielberg still had to make an entertaining movie. "I sat next to Steven and he would ask questions," he says. "He would say, 'What do you think of that?' And I'd say, 'Well, I don't really think they could do that.' And he say, 'Well, unless you know for sure, I'm going to do what I want to do.' Basically, my job was to make sure the dinosaurs looked like they were supposed to look based on the science we had, and he made actors out of them." And perhaps if dino-chickens find their way into the spotlight soon, Jurassic Park IV producer Spielberg won't need to find actors after all. [Image Credit: Universal Pictures; Erik Petersen/AP Photo] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Chris Brown Starts Embalming Business
    By: Kate Ward Apr 01, 2013
    It might have been surprising to family and friends when Chris Brown started experimenting as an embalmer, but Brown always knew that he had a future working with dead bodies. "I was 12 or 13 when I started asking a lot of questions seriously about what you have to do," Brown tells "[But] a lot of people are like, 'How can you do this?'" Apparently, you can as long as you have a strong stomach. Brown tells that he's never been "repulsed or sickened" by anything he's done, despite the fact that many others have been disgusted by his career. But what began as an interest for Brown burgeoned into a business — he recently opened Brown's Embalming Services outside of Los Angeles in Tustin, Calif. So why start his own company? "It's the last time you'll see a loved one," Brown tells "I can either give them a good goodbye or a terrible last memory of the person. So it's kind of a big deal." RELATED: Jimmy Fallon: 'It's Time for Jay Leno to Go' So much of a big deal that Brown — who says horror movies prepared him for this future endeavor — plans on focusing only on embalming in the future. "This is it," he says. "I don't have any other abilities ... [I always knew] I'd do special effects and blow people up, or put them in a casket." And, not surprisingly, his clients have been as interested in Brown as he is in their business. "They find out [my] name and say, 'Oh, I have someone famous working on my body!'" RELATED: Will Ferrell Wants Charlie Day for 'Anchorman 2' Of course, the 40-year-old Brown does struggle with sharing a name with much-maligned singer Chris Brown. Not only do family and friends joke with him about the similarity, but clients and cashiers often note his famous name whenever the musician finds his way into the news cycle. In fact, Brown is nostalgic for the days when the only famous person friends could compare him to was San Francisco Giants third baseman Chris Brown. "That was the best," he says. "It was like, 'You play [third] base?' Yeah!" At least Brown got the chance to play ball with us this April Fools. [Image Credit: Grove Pashley/Getty Images; Facebook] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • Don't Think MTV Should Air Season 2 of 'Buckwild'? You Shouldn't Have Watched Season 1
    By: Kate Ward Apr 01, 2013
    In February, Buckwild star Michael Burford was booked for a DUI. Just a few days before, Burford's co-star Salwa Amin was arrested following a drug raid that led to the discovery of Oxycodone in her purse. Four days ago, Amin returned back to jail after failing a court-administered drug test. And on Monday, MTV confirmed Buckwild star Shain Gandee was found dead in his car along with two other individuals after reportedly telling bargoers they were going off-roading.  Jersey Shore's Snooki might have gotten arrested for alcohol-fueled shenanigans, and Teen Mom's Jenelle Evans for domestic abuse, but with Gandee's death, Buckwild is now the most troubled reality series to hit airwaves since future murderer Ryan Jenkins starred on Megan Wants a Millionaire.  RELATED: Shain Gandee, 'Buckwild' Star, Found Dead No doubt in the next few days, MTV will be fielding questions regarding whether or not the network has an adequate screening process. No doubt the next few days will lead to news involving Gandee's death and revelations about his past. And no doubt there will be pleas to not air Season 2 of Buckwild, which was ordered just days before Amin and Burford found themselves knee deep in non-West Virginia muddy waters.  But it's easy for viewers to judge a network that has yet to make a decision on the future of the series, despite the fact that confirms filming on Season 2 was halted Monday following Gandee's death. After all, the alternative would be to judge themselves — the same audience that made Buckwild a hit in the first place. Yes, MTV took a risk centering a series on a group of hard-partying, ATV-riding youths, but TV viewers wanted to watch hard-partying, ATV-riding youths. Hell, the Season 1 premiere of the MTV series beat even Jersey Shore's series premiere, proving 2012 viewers were thirsting for a group of reality stars more, well, wild than the famous fist-pumping septet. RELATED: Explaining 'Buckwild' To the Rest of America So, no, MTV viewers, it is not MTV's fault that it aired a series starring a personality who would tragically meet his end less than one year after his father scolded him on camera for not being careful while riding a motorbike. Instead, it's your fault. You're the ones who laughed at Gandee's super-uncool father for demanding his son be safe. You're the ones who have an insatiable appetite for dangerous behavior. You're the reason we went from Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? to Survivor to Fear Factor. You're the reason we went from American Idol to The Singing Bee to Killer Karaoke. You're the reason we went from The Bachelor to Temptation Island  to Megan Wants a Millionaire. You don't want reality TV to focus on normal people — otherwise, This American Life would still be on television, and would have 10 spin-offs (This American Life: It's Not Complicated).    Don't watch a trainwreck unless you want to see collateral damage.  RELATED: Reeva Steenkamp's Reality Show Will Air, But No One's Shocked (Reporting by Christian Blauvelt) [Image Credit: MTV] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes