March 15th, 2012 by faye
The British adventurer and host of “Man vs. Wild” Bear Grylls has reportedly been fired by the U.S. TV network Discovery Channel because of a contract dispute.
The 37-year-old adventurer, who was dropped into hostile places to survive by eating insects, wading rapids and drinking his urine, has hosted “Man vs. Wild” since 2006, and eventually became a celebrity around the world. However, Discovery Channel said on Tuesday that “due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him.”
A spokesman for Bear Grylls said he and Discovery had been unable to settle an agreement on new programming, thus deciding to part ways.
“Bear’s goal has always been to make life-empowering shows for his many fans around the globe, and he has taken great risks to bring Discovery Channel such award winning programming over seven seasons,” said Heather Krug, publicist for the wilderness expert.
Krug added, “Unfortunately, Bear and Discovery have not been able to come to mutual agreement on new programming, and he disagrees with Discovery’s decision to terminate current productions. Bear has loved the ‘Man vs. Wild’ journey and looks forward to producing further cutting edge content again soon for his loyal audience.”
The details of the disagreement were unclear, but trade publication “The Hollywood Reporter” quoted industry sources as saying it involves two mystery projects from Discovery Channel for which Bear Grylls was contracted.
The sixth and most recent season of “Man Vs. Wild” was broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August 2011. It featured one episode in which the British adventurer was joined in a remote part of Iceland by actor, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Other episodes feature Bear Grylls dropped by parachute into jungles and deserts, surviving for days by feeding on snakes, sleeping in snow holes and wrapping a urine-soaked shirt around his head to battle dehydration.
“Man vs. Wild”, is broadcast in Britain as “Born Survivor: Bear Grylls” and shown in some 200 countries around the globe.
Aside from his stint “Man vs.Wild,” Grylls also climbed Mt. Everest at the age of 23 and served for three years in Britain’s elite Special Air Service, training in parachuting, jungle warfare and combat survival. He also gained fame as a motivational speaker and written numerous books, including teenage fiction and a best-selling autobiography.