The sketch show was canceled after one season, airing just six episodes over the summer. Created by Sam Hyde, Charls Carroll and Nick Rochefort, the show immediately garnered criticism for controversial sketches – including one where Hyde wore blackface – while some of its promotional material featured language that seemed to nod to the white nationalist movement known as “Alt-Right.”
Per Buzzfeed, an MDE press release stated the show would “unlock your closeted bigoted imagination, toss your inherent racism into the burning trash, and cleanse your intolerant spirit with pure unapologetic American funny_com.”
While the show rarely touched on actual politics, Hyde, MDE‘s most prominent member, has been active in Alt-Right circles online, while his Twitter account is packed with Alt-Right memes and fake news stories, including the long-debunked “pizzagate” conspiracy theory. Hyde launched his comedy career with various viral videos, including one in which he crashed a TEDx Symposium, while others boasted bits that many found explicitly racist and homophobic.
Unsurprisingly, MDE became a source of contention at Adult Swim as well. Comedian Brett Gelman cited the show as one reason he decided to sever ties with the network, while last month Buzzfeed reported that numerous executives, actors, directors, writers and producers were trying to convince Adult Swim boss, Mike Lazzo, to cancel it.
While Adult Swim has confirmed MDE‘s cancellation to various media outlets, it has not issued a full statement. Hyde and the other members of Million Dollar Extreme have yet to address the cancelation.