Even though many consider Bear Grylls the Lance Armstrong of the outdoor world, we all keep watching him don’t we? The disgraced and controversial survival star first came under fire when news came out that he was camping out in the Hilton instead of the jungle. We all remember hearing after season three of Man Vs Wild that Bear had been accepting food and help from the crew, exaggerating various situations and stunts, and even staying over night in hotels and arriving at camp in the morning to continue filming.
I remember watching after I heard and suddenly I could see everything. I could see the life jacket hidden under his sweater, the safety line tucked into his belt, it all became so obvious; I felt betrayed. Like Lance Armstrong for the cycling community, Bear was the superman of survival and in the outdoor community we put our blinders on; we wanted to believe it all. Man Vs Wild never fully recovered from its scandal and although it remained on the air for three more seasons, I never made a point to watch the show anymore. In fact, I was happy to hear the news when Bear was fired by Discovery last year citing “contractual disputes” as the reason.
Despite his fall from grace, it seems Bear has landed on his feet with a new show on Network television. I feel like a an ex hearing good news about my old love interest: good for you Bear! You jerk… He will be hosting/producing a series for NBC set to premier this June called Get Out Alive. The details of the show are vague at this point but here at Trailslive, bitter memories aside, we are all very excited. In the new series it looks like teams of two will be pitted against each other to survive in wilderness and get out first. “Get Out Alive will be raw, tough and unrelenting, but it will also inspire and teach the essentials that one day may just save your life” Grylls said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.
For us, competition is the twist on the survival genre that we have been waiting for. We got a taste of it two summers ago with Mark Burnett’s Expedition Impossible but unfortunately, that series was cancelled; still upset about that. All in all, I have chosen to let Bear’s past transgressions go and I am very much looking forward to the new show. Just don’t lie to us Bear! We’re sensitive now…
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