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VH1 pulls 'Megan Wants A Millionaire' after suitor sought in murder


By Christopher Rocchio, 08/20/2009 

VH1 has pulled its Megan Wants a Millionaire reality dating series from the air indefinitely after suitor Ryan Jenkins was recently identified as a "person of interest" by police in the death of Jasmine Fiore, a 28-year-old swimsuit model.

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In addition to pulling Megan Wants a Millionaire from its broadcast schedule, VH1 is also redirecting all the show's vh1.com webpages to a webpage containing a statement that begins by awkwardly attempting to distance the network from the progam, which was produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, a production company that has produced dozens of reality series -- including many of its biggest ratings hits -- for VH1 over the last several years.

"Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on Megan Wants A Millionaire, an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1," said the network in a Wednesday statement. 

"The show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim's family."

Jenkins reported Fiore, whom Jenkins may have recently married, missing on Saturday.  Her body was subsequently found in a suitcase by a man who was searching a metal trash bin for recyclables in Los Angeles' Buena Park.

Police have stated that it appeared Fiore had been strangled, and they want to question Jenkins but have been unable to locate him. 

The 32-year-old Canadian national is billed as the CEO of Skyhomes in Calgary -- which sells million-dollar-plus apartments and homes -- on the company's website. However a spokesman for a property company affiliated with the company told The Los Angeles Times in a Wednesday report that Jenkins has not been seen in Calgary for three months.

In addition to appearing on Megan Wants a Millionaire -- in which he was still one of 10 remaining suitors before the show was pulled -- Jenkins had also recently been boasting about competing on and winning the $250,000 grand prize on the upcoming third edition of VH1's I Love Money reality competition series, several sources told TMZ on Wednesday.

Jenkins reportedly traveled to Mexico to film I Love Money 3, which finished filming approximately four weeks ago and hasn't premiered yet, according to TMZ.  While filming, Jenkins allegedly described Fiore as being "the love of my life."

51 Minds, which also produces I Love Money, did not return TMZ's request for comment. 

In addition to Megan Wants a Millionaire and three I Love Money editions, 51 Minds has also produced numerous other reality shows for VH1 since 2004 -- including Daisy of Love, For the Love of Ray J, New York Goes to Work, two Real Chance of Love editions, New York Goes to Hollywood, three Rock of Love editions, three Charm School editions, Gotti's Way, Celebrity Paranormal Project, two I Love New York editions, My Fair Brady, three Flavor of Love editions, Strange Love, and five The Surreal Life editions.

While Megan Wants a Millionaire bachelorette Megan Hauserman has previously described Jenkins as a "really nice guy" who is "really calm and collected," TMZ reported that he was convicted in 2007 in Calgary for assaulting his girlfriend two years earlier.

He was sentenced to 15 months probation and mandatory counseling for "psychological/domestic violence/coping skills," according to TMZ, which added some of the counseling was for a sex addiction.

The exact nature of Jenkins and Fiore's relationship is still unclear -- as her mom Lisa Lapore previously stated the two were dating, while Hauserman claims the couple was actually married in Las Vegas in March.

(Photo credit VH1)


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