Bear Grylls of 'Man vs. Wild,' Discovery part ways
March 14th, 2012
01:29 PM ET

Bear Grylls of 'Man vs. Wild,' Discovery part ways

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!

soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Saitejahunter

    Hi, bear.
    My name is from india.
    ur my favirate hero..
    Ur a real hero, thank u

    May 21, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. ashirbadbarik

    bear i really like this.
    i love dear bear.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. ashirbadbarik

    hi bears

    April 16, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Thapa magar

    Same on discovery. A great loss for discovery.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Trilochan

    U r awesome bear.

    April 1, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. devsctt

    Not a wise move for Discovery. They should be looking to replace whoever made that call.

    March 30, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. K1ngHoward

    i don't get why people hate grylls he may have had a camera crew but it is more realistic since he was only carrying a knife which not even most people in the wilderness would have. He did teach lots of tips and tricks to actually help you survive. If you hate the show then just focus on the facts he gives you instead of the show because it is very informational. Les is more unrealistic because even though he carries all of his equipment he has to walk his route about 3 times to allow for him to get a "good shot" sets up camera walks away, walks back to get camera, and then walks towards the way he came. I also think that his bag slows him down if that is 50 pounds of equipment he is wearing.

    March 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rykela

    Dropped from Discovery Channel?


    March 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fantasized

    Hello Bear Grylls my name is Sheniqua and I am a very hoeny person. I want you to stick that British dingaling up my black hole and make more black holes okay!!

    March 15, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. WorldBelow

    Sad to see him go, but the best survival show out there is Dual Survival with Dave and Cody.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. MMeans

    Like him, hate him, call him a fake...whatever. All I know is that I saw this dude eat stuff that would make a goat puke, and I saw him pull off some pretty sick stunts with no safety net.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Charles

    His name isn't "Bear", it's Edward so, as a nickname, it should be in quotes.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. David

    "Show cancelled? Better drink my own pee..."

    March 15, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    Never liked the guy anyway. I've watched the show a couple of times when there was absolutely nothing else on worth watching but he's very boring.

    March 15, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    In Man vs. The Man (Big Corporation), The Man always wins.

    March 15, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  16. Tony

    It was about time. Found his show very unrealistic (even falling off a mountain would be perfectly captured by the camera crew 'falling' with him). But most annoying was him being always out of breath while talking to give that sense of effort..adventure.. I'll take Les Stroud any time and without the heavy breathing

    March 15, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  17. Randy

    Drop both Bear Grylls and Les Stroud off in any location without any outside help to see who could "survive" the longest without medical aid etc. Bear Grylls takes it with his SAS background.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  18. Wildman

    He should be able to survive without any help. There are plenty of gators and rats in the sewers. Thems good eatin.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  19. Art Vandolaye

    I kept hoping they would do an episode where they drop him in Harlem, NY. And he has to find his way out to safety to Long Island.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. Mark

    Grylls is a phoney. Glad to see they finally cut that idiot loose.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  21. Jack

    Bear is a fraud.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  22. Buck

    If one were to use the techniques demonstrated by Bear in real life one would dramatically increase the chances of being bitten by a snake and breaking one's leg. Also having craftsman build "improvised" devices and conveyances is quite deceptive too and on top of that using trained animals to portray wild animals goes even further. No big loss really.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  23. mmi16

    Another network will sign him up.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  24. xzcx

    Survivorman is a joke. All he does is, he puts up a shelter that sometimes catches fire and feeds on dead rodents and starves for a whole week. Bear on the other hand, is the real deal. He can actually survive in the toughest situations. Throw him in the woods, and he'll live off the land. A true shame that this show had to be canceled.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      You are SPOT ON with this comment. Les Stroud should just be a Park Ranger. No offense to Park Rangers, I'm sure many of them are much tougher than Leslie. I'll miss Bear Grylls and his vitt-a-mens.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  25. The Next Bond?

    He's got it all.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mmmmm Bugs

    How many bugs, snakes, rodents, freshly killed zebra, etc does one have to eat to make it in show business? Not to mention jump out of airplanes, off cliffs, and climb with no rope.
    He's going to win Fear Factor easilly. Pair him up with Anthony Burdain and that's an unstoppable team.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  27. NM

    I didn't care for some of the stuff he ate or darnk, but he rocked! Loved his show! He will survive.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  28. miles

    How many bears could Bear Grylls grill if Bear Grylls could grill bears?

    (ok, i found that on another message board but loved it and had to post it here)

    March 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Upper management fouls it up yet again.

    This is Discovery's loss and Bear's gain. There are other nature channels out there that will snap him up in a heartbeat.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  30. lynn

    I like Les in Surviorman more. He shows more realistic situations people can get them selves into. Bear is annoying. How many people could actually perfrom the survival techniques he does?

    March 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImpishLisa

      I agree. While no one will call Bear a p***y, Les carried his own cameras and such. He did it solo. Bear always had cameramen in the shots, etc. I mean, if the CAMERAMEN can do it lugging it that hard?
      Plus some of the things Bear did made no sense. He did things for the exhibitionism, instead of survival. He played up to the cameras instead of being honest about survivalist behavior. Like the sliding down the mountains, etc. I mean, seriously.. you don't risk breaking your legs or arms if it is just you. Common sense, dude.

      March 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      You're right no one will call Bear Grylls a p#$$y, but the same can't be said for Les Stroud. The first time he ever heard a wild cat growl he was running to the village like a scared little girl. All he does is camp for a few days and tell everyone how dangerous everything is until they pick him up. Nice guy, but hardly a survivalist. Send BOTH of these men into a TRUE survival situation and see which one makes it back FIRST. Les may not make it back AT ALL. In fact both the guys from DUAL SURVIVAL are much better than Les as well.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  31. Louie

    Bear had a good show. Learned alot. Les Stroud is still my favorite.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  32. BethTX

    Meh. He stole everything from Cade Courtley on Surviving Disaster anyway.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  33. runnerchick

    Sad day. The show may have been a little unrealistic at times, but Bear was awesome and definitely pleasant to look at.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  34. food

    Discovery channel hasn't put anything on good in years. No loss here.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. the_dude

    Well at least now he doesn't have to fake it and head off to the nearest 5-star resort when they wrap up filming.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  36. saltysister

    Good Riddance! I can't stand this dude! I often wondered when this stupid show would be cancelled or if he would ever be killed by a wild animal!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • cyberdine 101

      Ditto.This guy is an egostistical ass and the few shows I saw parts of it seems like he enjoys killing small creatures.Les Stroud is the genuine article.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Count me with those relieved to see him go. What a farce. One of the major problems we as humans face is the idea that we are in a struggle AGAINST nature. We are part of the earth's biosphere, like it or not. Until we stop hyping the idea that we are "at war" with earth and its creatures and processes, we are in huge trouble. Grow up, Bear, and start working to preserve the wild places you go and ruin with your macho histrionics.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  37. Cherish Murphy

    It's a shame for Discovery to drop Bear Grylls, in all my years of watching Discovery he is one that I recommend to young and old people to watch – he has made an impact to people's lives! God Bear Grylls!!!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  38. nbafan

    Bear is a great, great man. Former British SAS soldier. During a training mission his parachute didn't deploy and he broke his back. The doctors said he would never walk again...but one year later he summitted mount everest. Then he went on to teach in their survivor program for the SAS. Now as a motivational speaker he continues his great work. Regarding the show, Bear was feeling that the show was being compromised because of the idiots telling him what to do at Discovery (like running away from a train in one episode). Hopefully, he does find another worthy venture.

    Les from Survivorman is glorified camping with a seemingly false background in the field.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      At least Les wasn't a fraud in survivorman like grylls was in MvW.

      March 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      No. Les just waits til the chopper picks him up and flies him own.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      I strongly agree with you... Man vs. wild was a great show, I hope Bear comes back ,soon ... Les can go camping all he wants, boring....

      April 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Pirkko

    This guy is a joke. Les Stroud is the man!

    March 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Rodney in Dallas

    I am a fan of Man vs. Wild and Survivorman. It's a shame they both let money get in the way.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Man

      Probably a bigger fan of Survivor Man and Les Stroud, however no doubt, Bear went into some interesting situations.

      March 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • HopesUP

      Keep your hopes up! Survivorman is coming back! Les is filming new episodes now. Check his website!

      March 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cannon

      Stroud's show seems more authentic and less staged, although for the most part he simply starves for a week until he gets picked up.

      March 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Why was Bear always running? Really? Running as if being chased by canibals.... up the mountain, down the mountain, through the creek... run run run. Les always told us "if you sweat, you die." Bear came to my hometown for a book signing and I was not interested, now if Les came by instead, I would of been in line with a smile.

      March 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      I liked it, but my wife loved it. Always a sucker for a British accent she would swoon whenever he would say "glacier". He knew how to play to his female audience too and it's amazing how in every single episode he figured out a way to remove his clothing: The best way to cross a river? Remove all my clothing! Need to find shade when nothing's around? Remove all my clothing!

      March 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |

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