Given told her boyfriend, "Don't let them come back, and you've got to tell them not to use the footage they already have."
Smeedy told her, "No, they told me it was all going to be in a positive light."
Given told him there was no way that was what this was.
A few days later, the production company returned with a bigger crew -- "like four or five SUVs full of people," Smeedy said. He stopped them before they unpacked and told them they weren't going to be filming in his restaurant. The producer told him not to worry, that the owner had agreed.
Smeedy told them, "I'm the owner, and you people lied to me."
The producer said, "Let me call California."
Smeedy shrugged. He said he didn't care who they called. They weren't filming at The Cold Spot.
The man made his call and came back with an offer.
"What if we made it worth your while?" he asked. "What if we paid you $2,000?"
Smeedy said he told them, "You misrepresented the deal. I don't know what you're doing, but it's not what you said. You all have to leave, and you can't use the footage you already have."
The producer wanted to reason with him. He told him that they'd brought in people from California for the shoot. They'd spent money on airline tickets, hotel rooms and food.
Smeedy said they told him, "You know, we've been here every day. Our crew comes here and eats your delicious wings and drinks your cold beer. We love this place. We're not going to make it look bad."
Smeedy wouldn't budge. He felt like they'd already done that.
They offered him $5,000.
He still said no.
They asked him what if they gave him more money and shot their scenes outside, in the parking lot.
"I said no, and by then I got real firm with them," Smeedy said. "I used a little bit of foul language and told them to get the hell out now."
Smeedy said he felt turning MTV away was the right thing to do. Born in Brazil and raised in Lebanon, Smeedy said he's a redneck by choice. He started The Cold Spot almost 40 years ago, and the state has been good to him.
"From my understanding, this show doesn't do our people or state justice. I don't want them here."
Given added, "We're not trying to draw attention to the show. We just want local people to know that Bill was deceived, and when it was found out, it was stopped immediately."
A representative from MTV said the network was unaware of Smeedy's story and said, to MTV's knowledge, The Cold Spot will not be featured in the series. The representative also said the producers and cast of "Buckwild" were not available for comment.
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