Gene Simmons Has His ‘Family Jewels’ Axed by A&E
Reality TV viewers won't have Kiss frontman Gene Simmons to kick around anymore.
After seven seasons -- leaving it with a longer run than 'I Love Lucy' or 'The Honeymooners' -- 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' has received its pink slip from the A&E Network. While the show never drew huge numbers, it was a genuine ratings phenomenon for the cable network, which has seen its profile rise considerably in recent years, largely thanks to the notoriety that tends to come with pointing a camera at Gene Simmons.
"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 originally issued exclusively to the Hollywood Reporter. "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."
According to Simmons, the decision to end the show stemmed from the ever-popular "scheduling conflicts." In their own statement, the Simmons family responded, "With Kiss on tour and with my other business commitments, we have decided to draw the final curtain on our show ... This is not the end of our story, it's the beginning of a new chapter."