By John Maynard
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Silver Spring-based cable network Discovery Health has pulled the series "Plastic Surgery: Before and After" from its lineup this week after reports that the show's host, physician Jan Adams, operated on the mother of hip-hop artist Kanye West before she died Saturday.
Donda West, 58, died at a Los Angeles hospital from what the coroner's office described as "complications of surgery."
Adams hosted "Plastic Surgery" for five years, from its premiere in 2002 until its final episode, which aired in June. Repeats of the show continue to run on the network, but Adams has not been affiliated with the network since production of the show ended this year.
"At this point, with a lot of questions out there, we decided to hold off" airing the series, network spokesman Chris Finnegan said yesterday. "We're trying to be sensitive to everyone at this point."
Finnegan said the network has decided only to remove four episodes of the series scheduled for this week; whether Discovery Health will resume rerunning the show has not been decided. Tonight's repeat episode was scheduled to feature former "Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth and her mother going under the knife together.
In addition, according to state records obtained yesterday by the Associated Press, Adams, 53, has faced two malpractice suits that ended in payouts and was arrested twice for driving under the influence.