Bear Grylls Fired From 'Man vs. Wild' But He'll Survive (VIDEO)

Sometimes the world of television just isn't fair. Arrested Development gets cancelled after three seasons, while Two and a Half Men is still on the air nine years after it debuted. Whitney gets a full season pickup, and Community goes on hiatus. Deadwood and Firefly are long gone, but it seems like nothing can put a much-needed bullet in Saturday Night Live's head. And while Meredith continues to suck all the oxygen out of the room on Grey's Anatomy, fearless urine-guzzler Bear Grylls has abruptly fired from his Man vs. Wild show.

Oh, Bear. You survived climbing Everest, boating the frigid Northwest Passage, running through a forest fire, using a dead sheep as a sleeping bag, and, of course, swilling your own pee in the Outback … but you couldn't survive a television contract dispute.

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Grylls began hosting his Discovery Channel survival show Man vs. Wild in 2006, and rose to fame for his insane stunts that include parachuting from helicopters, ice climbing, wading rapids, eating snakes, drinking elephant dung liquid, eating deer poop, wrestling alligators, and hydrating himself via bird guano/water enema.

(That's only a
partial list, mind you.)

Grylls was perfectly suited for the show, having 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's also
set several world records, including the highest open-air formal dinner party (which involved enjoying a meal at 25,000 feet in a hot air balloon).

Unfortunately, on Tuesday
Discovery unceremoniously dumped Grylls, terminating all current productions with him. It's hard to know exactly what the reasoning was, although the network blamed "a continuing contractual dispute."

Grylls's rep issued a statement on his behalf which makes it clear he's not particularly pleased about the situation:

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 such award-winning programming over seven seasons. 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.

While I imagine it would have been pretty interesting to be a fly on the wall during these contract disagreements, one enterprising soul has already posted a YouTube video of their interpretation of how the firing went down—and it's pretty freaking hilarious. Please enjoy the "actual footage" of Bear being let go:



It's too bad Discovery and Grylls couldn't find some common ground in order to keep the show on the air, but I'm fairly certain Grylls will be just fine. As he said on Twitter:


Are you bummed Man vs. Wild has been cancelled?

Image via Discovery


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