VH1 pulls plug on reality series
DAVIE, USA (AP) — For Chad Johnson, a weekend confrontation with his wife has led to repercussions beyond a misdemeanour charge and NFL unemployment.
VH1 pulled from its schedule the reality series Ev and Ocho, starring newlyweds Johnson — formerly known as Chad Ochocinco — and Evelyn Lozada. The network announced the move Monday, citing "the seriousness of the allegations" against Johnson, and said it had no plans to air the show.
The Dolphins terminated Johnson's contract Sunday night, about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving Lozada, who is on the reality TV show "Basketball Wives." "Ev and Ocho" was conceived as a spinoff and had been slated to debut September 3.
The Dolphins' decision to release Johnson left coach Joe Philbin with a dearth of experience at receiver and a potential backlash in the locker room. Philbin decided Johnson's knack for outlandish antics were a detriment that outweighed potential contributions from the six-time Pro Bowl receiver.