On May 30, MTV will be bringing back Fear Factor, with new host Ludacris.


The original series ran on NBC from 2001 to 2006 with host Joe Rogan, and was one of the earliest reality competition shows on broadcast and cable TV. It was briefly revived for one season in 2011.

The Atlanta rapper and actor Ludacris will host the show, as well as serve as an executive producer. The reboot will premiere May 30 at 10 pm and will feature 12 episodes.

Unlike the original, in which the main challenges were disgusting and grossed the contestants and viewers out, “the newly designed stunts are geared at tapping into visceral fears of today’s anxious youth — such as couch surfing at 300 feet and waterlogging personal cellphones.” The stunts will be “inspired by urban legends, scary movies and on-line videos from the zeitgeist.”

“MTV is about celebrating youth culture, and with the reinvented Fear Factor, we are putting the power in our audience’s hands to face and overcome their biggest fears,” said MTV, VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy. “We are thrilled to partner with Ludacris, one of the biggest global stars who has a rich history with MTV, to energize this franchise for a whole new generation.”

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