Discovery Channel Fires Bear Grylls, Cancels 'Man Vs. Wild'
The network and the adventurer part ways over a contract dispute
Bear Grylls, 37, an ex-special forces soldier famous for travelling to exotic and dangerous locations, has been fired by the Discovery Channel over a contract dispute. Production on Grylls' show Man vs. Wild was also discontinued.
"Due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him," a spokesperson for Discovery said in a statement.
The British Grylls started hosting Man vs. Wild in 2006 — a gig that sent him parachuting into the jungle and fighting dehydration with a urine-soaked T-shirt. His rep said that he and the network could not reach a consensus on new programs so they decided 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 such award-winning programming over seven seasons," publicist Heather Krug said.
"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," Krug added.