A South African reality show featuring Reeva Steenkamp will still air as scheduled Saturday despite her death, allegedly at the hands of boyfriend Oscar Pistorius.
Producers of "Tropika Island of Treasure," which was filmed in Jamaica and features several celebrities competing for 1 million rand ($113,500) of prize money, said that this week's episode will be dedicated to Steenkamp's memory.
"As we grieve today with Reeva's family and friends and struggle to make sense of this shocking tragedy, it has taken much deliberation to come to the decision to continue screening Tropika Island of Treasure 5 as planned," executive producer Samantha Moon said in a statement.
The show is in its fifth season, and it is described as a "pure adrenaline-fuelled drama... Whether diving off 75-foot Jamaican cliffs into the ocean, recreating cool runnings or meeting Jamaican celebrities."
A tribute to Steenkamp, who was shot to death Thursday, will air before the show Saturday.
"Reeva was an intelligent, beautiful and amazing woman, and we feel it would be an injustice to keep that unknown from those who did not know her personally," Moon said in the statement. "Every episode that she is in, every frame that she so ably dominates – shines with her light and her laughter echoes in every conversation, and we want to share these special memories with the rest of South Africa."
The reaction on Twitter to the news that the show would air was mostly skeptical:
"Reality TV show feat. Reeva Steenkamp, partner of Pistorius, 2b bcast this weekend despite her murder." // "Took much deliberation."$$$
— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) February 15, 2013
— Imogen Barrer (@imogenbarrer) February 15, 2013
— Vale (@ValeWolf) February 15, 2013
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