Discovery Channel Europe Scraps ‘Michael Jackson’s Autopsy’ TV Show

The Discovery Channel has scrapped plans to air a program called “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson,” which featured a reenactment of the deceased King of Pop’s autopsy, according to BBC News. Discovery cited the wishes of the executors of Michael Jackson‘s estate, who said it was “in shockingly bad taste,” as evidenced by this print ad, which featured a single sequined glove peaking out from under a white sheet on an autopsy table.

Originally set to air January 13, the show has been “postponed indefinitely,” but it seems unlikely that any amount of time will turn this into a good idea.

From BBC News: (please note, when they say “programme,” they mean “show,” and when you read the word “scheduled,” please pronounce it in your head as “SHED-jeweled.”)

Executors for the late star’s estate had requested the programme – entitled Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson – be cancelled.

John Branca and John McClain had said the show was “in shockingly bad taste”.

Discovery said an forthcoming court hearing was also a factor.

“Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson’s estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson’s official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely,” Discovery Networks International said in a statement.

The Discovery Channel’s announcement follows a strongly-worded letter from Jackson’s executors, to the network’s president, David Zaslav.

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