OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s Network, has cancelled an upcoming reality television series which was supposed to centre on a man who has fathered 34 children. Music producer, Jay Williams, has fathered 34 children with 17 different women. The documentary was slated for a September premiere but production on the series has halted and the reasons are somewhat vague.

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey's network has cancelled a reality series about a man with 34 children.

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“OWN has decided not to move forward with the Jay Williams docuseries,” the network’s statement reads, as THR reports. “The series aimed to follow Jay as he worked to put his life and fractured relationships in order and to hold him accountable every step of the way. The intention was to help Jay work to establish new connections with his family, his children and the mothers of his children. Production has ended and the series will not air.”

Williams first came to our attention when he appeared on another of OWN’s series, Iyanla: Fix My Life. The reality series follows Iyanla Vanzant, an author and inspirational speaker who attempts to help people in their lives and relationships. Williams appeared on the show and the upcoming series was intended to be a spin-off of the series. 

Williams’s children are reportedly aged between two and twenty-seven. Whilst appearing on Iyanla: Fix My Life, Vanzant made him sit down with four of his children and open up about his feelings.

“I have not honored your mothers as women the way that I should have. I would never say willingly, but I absolutely fell short on my responsibilities to you as a provider, at times,” Williams admitted, as the Mail reports. 

“And the biggest thing that I would like to confess is that I absolutely did not live up to be the true man that I am and the father that you really have. I am responsible for the reason why each and every one of you absolutely don't know me.”

However, at least one of his children was unimpressed with his attempts at making amends and owning up to his failings. The series would presumably have centred on his relationship with his children and with his attempts at becoming a better father. 

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