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'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' canceled by A&E after seven seasons


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/17/2012 

Gene Simmons Family Jewels has come to an end.

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A&E has announced it's canceled Gene Simmons Family Jewels -- the reality show which had chronicled the lives of the Kiss bassist, his partner Shannon and his two kids Nick and Sophie -- after seven seasons.

"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 obtained by 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."

Gene Simmons Family Jewels premiered in 2006. The series is the second long-running reality show A&E has pulled the plug on in the last several months. In late May, the network announced it was also ending Dog the Bounty Hunter after eight seasons.

"With Kiss on tour and with my other business commitments, we have decided to draw the final curtain on our show. It has been a wonderful, life-altering experience for our family, and after seven successful seasons, we feel it's time to move on," the family explained.

"A big thank you to A&E for allowing us to tell our story and a big thank you to our excellent producers Leslie Greif, Adam Freeman, Adam Reed and the team at Thinkfactory Media. This is not the end of our story, it's the beginning of a new chapter. With love -- Gene, Shannon, Sophie, and Nick."

The show's production team's representative Leslie Greif added, "After having produced over 160 episodes of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, all of us at Thinkfactory Media are honored to have spent the last eight years with the Simmons-Tweed family. It's rare that a show is able to connect with America, and we are proud to have partnered with A&E on this iconic family journey."

(Photo credit A&E)


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