One of my favorite survival show stars, Bear Grylls, was fired by the Discovery Channel over a contract dispute.
Jill Serjeant of Reuters writes,
“A spokesman for Grylls said he and Discovery had been unable to reach agreement on new programming and had parted 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,” said Heather Krug, publicist for the wilderness expert.
“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.”
Bears’ outdoor training began As a young boy he learned sailing and climbing techniques from his father, a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Later in his young adult life,when he was going to school at Eton College, he started it’s first mountaineering club. As a teenager he also earned a 2nd Dan black belt in Shotokan in karate.
Bear has a very eclectic mix of disciplines being a devout christian who studies both Yoga and Ninjitsu.
After high school he served in the reserve unit of the United Kingdom Special Forces.
Bear still practices free-fall parachuting despite the fact that he almost died in 1996 when his parachute pack failed to fully open.
Also on May 16th 1998, Grylls achieved the honor of being the youngest Briton, at age 23, to reach the top of Mt. Everest.
All and all Bear Gryllis is an impressive adventurer and human being. His show was one of the most entertaining adventure shows out there. He was an adventurer, stuntman, and survival specialist all in one. I hope the Discovery Channel sees the mistake that they’re making and comes up with a solution.