March 14th, 2012
01:29 PM ET
Don’t cry for recently axed “Man Vs. Wild” host Bear Grylls.
True to his insect-eating, urine-drinking, rapids-braving TV persona, the 37-year-old has said he'll survive to tape another day.
His comments come after the Discovery Channel announced Tuesday that it was dropping the charismatic British adventurer and his survival show after six years.
The culprit? Failed contract negotiations.
“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," Grylls' rep 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."
While the details of the dispute are unclear, The Hollywood Reporter quoted industry sources as saying that it involved two unannounced projects Grylls had been expected to work on.
"Due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him,” a rep for Discovery also confirmed.
For his part, the TV star, best-selling author and motivational speaker appears to be taking the news in stride.
“Super proud of my team and all they've built with ManVsWild,” Grylls tweeted Tuesday. “Looking forward to the next set of Adventures!!”
“Thank you fans for your support!!” he added. “Do not go where the path may lead - go instead where there is no path and leave a trail...[D]on't worry...I'll be drinking my pee again soon!
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