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Despite a statement to the contrary early Tuesday, the Oxygen network confirmed last night that All My Babies’ Mamas, the controversial upcoming show about rapper Shawty Lo, his 11 children and their 10 different mothers, will not air. Development of the special was put on hold.
The show sparked a Change.org petition and cricisim from the Parents Television Council, with most calling for the show to get pulled. Shawty Lo had defended the show, saying that it highlights how he takes care of all of his children and still keeps in contact with all their mothers.
On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that Oxygen has pulled the show due to outside pressure, citing sources. An Oxygen rep had denied that report, but E! News reports that another statement late Tuesday confirmed that the show is not going forward.
“As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special,” the statement read. “We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.”
E!’s sources say that Oxygen never had plans to turn All My Babies’ Mamas into a series and it would have just been a one-off special.