JM | Jul 18, 2021

Legal woes hit axed ‘876Roommates’ after two episodes

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

Cast members of the now-cancelled web-based reality comedy series ‘876 Roommates’ in the series premiere. (Photo: YouTube.com)

Jamaican web-based reality comedy series, 876Roommates, has been cancelled after airing its second episode of the inaugural season, organisers have confirmed. 

In a statement on Twitter, organisers said that due to ‘crippling legal reasons’, the series, which had just aired episode two, titled ‘Ghetto Gourmet’, got the axe. 

The cryptic statement reads:

“Greetings Roommates,

All good things must come to an end, however, we did not [foresee] that it would be this soon in the 876 Roommates journey.

We are unable to comment due to legal reasons, however, the obstructions being faced have become crippling. 

It is with our deepest regret that we announce the end of 876 Roommates. All future episodes and production have been [cancelled].

We thank you for your support.” 

(Photo: Twitter @876Roommates)

The announcement has come as a shock to Jamaicans on Twitter, which, paired with early reactions to the second episode, sent the hashtag #876Roommates rocketing into the number one trending topic on Sunday. 

Many from the Jamaican Twitterati are demanding the show’s immediate return and praised the show for its entertainment value. 

Speculation is rife, with one particular theory that controversial scenes in the series premiere may have negatively affected 876 Roommates‘ longevity beyond salvaging. 

Being one of two web-based reality series alongside The Social House, the censored version of 876 Roommates first aired last Saturday on YouTube and local broadcaster CVM Television. Viewers who wanted an uncensored version could watch via subscription at firstinlineja.com.

(Photo: Twitter @876Roommates)

The show’s premise was simple, 15 Jamaican comedians vied for a spot, and, over the course of several weeks, the acts would compete in teams until one wins the $1 million grand prize. 

The social media stars were World Dawg, Kyng Tavii, Deno Crazy, Valdomore, Swiiss Lee, Trilla Milla, Able Boss, Lexi DBess, Cuz, Baba Jaay, Lando D’Major, Kimmy Kloud, Wayshae, Arjay and Hat Dogg.

In a surprise twist and effectively trashing viewership rivals The Social House, 876Rommates explained that the statement was just an elaborate ruse; declaring that the show ‘isn’t going anywhere’.


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