After seven seasons and 160 episodes, A&E has canceled Gene Simmons Family Jewels, according the Vintage Vinyl Rock. The show, which has been both adored and reviled by rock fans, has shown a supposed "warts and all" look at the Kiss co-founder's long-term relationship with his girlfriend -- now wife -- former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed, their children Nick and Sophie, along with the facelifts, the alleged split between the couple due to Simmons' infidelities, and thwarted baby adoptions.
A&E issued a statement following the cancellation saying: "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. 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 said in his own statement: "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. 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."
Upon its debut, Gene Simmons Family Jewels was trashed for being a staged, unfunny, and predictable rip-off of MTV's then-recent hit The Osbournes, featuring Ozzy Osbourne and his family. When we caught up with Simmons back in 2003, he made no bones about being a major fan of the show: "The music world is so full of boring people, it's great to see somebody who's interesting, at the very least, whether you're a fan of Ozzy's music or not. I mean, this is a unique guy, who's obviously survived the times, and here's hoping he and his family survive more."
Kiss and Motley Crue U.S. tour dates (subject to change):
August 24 - Grand Junction, CO - Rock Jam at Grand Junction Rock Jam Festival Grounds
August 26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
August 27 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St. Louis
August 29 - Saint Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
August 31 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
September 1 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
September 2 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
September 4 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
September 5 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 7 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
September 8 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 11 - Allegan, MI - Allegan County Fair Grandstand
September 12 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
September 13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
September 15 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
September 16 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
September 18 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
September 19 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
September 21 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
September 22 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
September 23 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre