[As I was getting ready to publish I discovered that 8 Minutes has been moved to the ‘Classics’ section of the A&E site, and moved from the roster of current shows. The ‘Classics’ are shows that are no longer in production. – Cindi Spiegler]
On Tuesday morning, the webpage for A&E’s 8 Minutes — and all the episodes — were gone after allegations reported by BuzzFeed News that the show lied to sex workers. UPDATE: After being contacted by BuzzFeed News, the show’s page — but not the episodes — was again live. A&E still has not commented.
The morning after BuzzFeed News published a report detailing allegations that A&E’s 8 Minutes lied to sex workers filmed for the show, A&E’s webpage for the show was gone, along with all the episodes.
By mid-day Tuesday, after being contacted by BuzzFeed News about the show’s removal from the website, the page was back up — but the episodes remained gone.
In Monday night’s report, four sex workers told BuzzFeed News that the reality show lied to them about the terms of their participation in the show; three of the women said 8 Minutes, which purported to help women who wanted to get out of sex work, never gave them the assistance they were promised.
Despite the flurry of changes, representatives from A&E still have not publicly commented on the allegations made by the women. Representatives also would not comment on the record in response to additional questions on Tuesday about why the show had been removed Tuesday morning from its place on the website.