The Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson’s arrest on a domestic violence charge has caused the cable channel VH1 to shelve his reality show, “Ev & Ocho.”
The show was to feature Mr. Johnson, previously known as Chad Ochocinco, and his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, who was a star of the VH1 series “Basketball Wives.” (She was previously engaged to the basketball player Antoine Walker.) Eleven episodes about the couple’s engagement and wedding were taped this year, including a two-part season finale. The first episode was scheduled to be shown on VH1 on Sept. 3.
But Mr. Johnson is now in the news after being accused of head-butting Ms. Lozada during an argument on Saturday night, at a time when the channel’s cameras were not present. His contract with the Dolphins was terminated the next day.
And his show was put into limbo on Monday, according to a spokesman for VH1. The channel said in a statement that it was pulling “Ev & Ocho” from its schedule because of “unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations.” VH1 “has no current plans of airing it,” the statement added.
Three years ago the channel was confronted by a cancellation decision when a reality show cast member was found dead after being named a suspect in the murder of his former wife. The show, “I Love Money 3,” was never televised, but a sequel to it, with different cast members, did eventually make it onto the channel’s schedule.
Chad Johnson just lost another job … VH1 tells TMZ the network is cancelling plans to air Chad’s upcoming reality show in the wake of his domestic violence arrest.
The series, titled “Ev and Ocho” is already in the can and was supposed to debut on Sept. 3.
But now, after Chad was arrested for allegedly headbutting his wife Evelyn Lozada … VH1 tells us:
“Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it.”
The show was a spinoff of “Basketball Wives” … which followed the couple’s relationship from dating to engagement. The new show was supposed to focus on “the journey of this charismatic and passionate couple’s every step, as they prepare to walk down the aisle and into each other’s hearts forever.”