In light of the protests highlighting racial injustice and police brutality, A&E has decided to cancel Live PD. According to Deadline, both A&E and MGM's Big Fish Entertainment, which produces the program, made the decision. The news comes a day after the Paramount Network decided to end the long-running series Cops. A&E subsequently released a statement to Deadline in which they expressed that this decision was made with the current climate in mind.
"This is a critical time in our nation's history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD," the network said in a statement to Deadline. "Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments."
The A&E network initially decided to simply pull Live PD from its schedule in light of George Floyd's murder (Floyd's death at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin set off widespread protests around the world with those calling for racial justice). According to Variety, the move was made "out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives." The decision was also reportedly made "in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved."
Dan Abrams, the host of Live PD, expressed on Twitter that the show was due to come back to television screens. He wrote on Tuesday night, "To all of you asking whether #LivePD coming back. . .The answer is yes. All of us associated with the show are as committed to it as ever. We are still discussing some specifics but I want to assure the #LivePDNation that we are not abandoning you." Of course, the network has since determined that the show's hiatus will be a permanent one.
The news of the show's cancellation came as a shock to Abrams, who took to Twitter once again on Wednesday night to express his thoughts about the move. He wrote that he was "shocked & beyond disappointed about this." Abrams went on to share that he was initially led to believe that the show would return to the network at some point. He ended his message by stating that there would be "more to come" on this front.