I think Spike TV overreacted… Over Pit and Barrel murder!

Is this just another Publicity Stunt?

What if the “Pit and Barrel” Bar Rescue Episode had aired just 24 hours earlier, before the unfortunate murder?

Credit: Spike.com

Credit: Spike.com

Here is Spike TV’s official statement from their website:

Statement Regarding “Bar Rescue”

In our last minute effort over the weekend to pull the “Bar Rescue” episode featuring the Pit and Barrel, we regretfully did not remove a late-night telecast of the episode. We apologize to all those affected by the terrible tragedy over the weekend and to Jon Taffer, the production team, and our advertisers for our unfortunate human error.

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So, is this just an opportunity for free publicity taking advantage of a tragedy?

Or come on, seriously is there really that much “outrage” as the main-stream media would have you believe over the airing of this episode.

Now, if Chris Ferrell, the owner of the Pit and Barrel who has admitted to shooting Country Singer, Wayne Mills over a “no-smoking” policy had done so during the filming of the “Bar Rescue” TV episode, and Jon Taffer and Spike TV decided to air the episode (including the shooting) well then yes, that would be highly insensitive and inappropriate, something they would be obliged to apologize for.

However, this is not the case, most Reality Television episodes are shot months earlier, some are nearly a year earlier before they are ever aired.  So, really the production of the show has absolutely nothing to do with a totally unrelated murder in my humble opinion.

What do you think?  Is Spike TV just using this senseless murder and tragedy for the families involved, as a promotional opportunity to ride the express train of free publicity?

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