MAN VS. WILD HOST NOT SO WILD

Published on: July 24, 2007
MAN VS. WILD HOST NOT SO WILD

Bear Grylls, the host of Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild, isn’t as tough as he seems on TV.  Though the show depicts Grrylls as a man’s man, camping out in quick shelters he makes deep in the wilderness, while battling hypothermia, a consultant for the show admits to The Times of London things are not what they appear. Apparently, when the cameras stop rolling, Grylls seeks comfort in a luxurious hotel until the next day.

“If you believe everything happens the way it is shown on TV, you are being a little bit naïve,” said Mark Weinert, an Oregon-based survival contestant, who said producers hired him as an advisor for the show.

In response these allegations, a spokesperson for the Discovery Channel said, “Discovery communications has learned that isolated elements of the Man vs. Wild show in some episodes were not natural to the environment, and that for health and safety concerns the crew and host received some survival assistance while in the field.”

Adding, “Moving forward the program will be 100 percent transparent and all elements of the filming will be explained up-front to our viewers.”