Good afternoon my faithful followers, and what an amazing day it is in New York during the month of March. Days like today tend to make people happy because it that makes them realize that spring and summer are right around the corner. However, today I am upset because I just found out some horrific news. Brace yourselves, because what I am about to tell you will blow your socks off. Ready? I have just been informed that the Discovery Channel has let go of my favorite television personality, Bear Grylls, and will no longer be filming new episodes of "Man vs. Wild". There are tissues here for those who need them.
This came as such a shock to me. "Man vs. Wild" is one of my favorite shows. I loved to watch where he was going, what disgusting things he would eat, and what predicaments he would get into and out of every Thursday night. Whether he was in a tundra, island, forest, or on a mountain top, he was always able to use his wit and the resources around to solve any problem that would arise. He would even deliberately put himself in compromising situations, just so he could demonstrate how to get out of them. It was exhilarating watching him jump into quick sand, into near frozen waters, or even watching him dangle off a cliff from a rope he made from vines and a hook from deer antlers. He would eat some of the most god-awful things, which was half gross, and half entertaining. There is no better reaction than the one you get when you see a really fat grub literally explode out of his mouth after he sinks his teeth into it. He was charming, charismatic, and you learned a lot from him. At least once a month, you would see or hear something in the news about a person being lost in the wilderness for days, or someone drowning and a good samaritan saves them, and when interviewed by a reporter, the person would say that "they wouldn't have been able to survive or save someone without learning from what they saw on Bear Grylls."
Now I'm sure you are asking yourself this question: "Now Dan, why would Discovery Channel ever do such a thing?" Apparently the answer is "contractual disputes over new programming". That could mean a multitude of things right now. However, this isn't the first time Discovery Channel had "contractual disputes" with people from their shows. I believe it was two seasons ago when the Hillstrand brothers and Sig Hansen from my favorite television show "Deadliest Catch", were being sued by Discovery Channel for breach of contract, which then resulted in the Hillstrands and Sig quitting the show. Thank God the two sides worked out their differences and the show is back on.
I hope the same thing happens for "Man vs. Wild". Maybe both sides will work out their differences and I can get back to watching Bear Grylls sharing his knowledge of survival with the world. However, should "Man vs. Wild" no longer happen, I better snag a promotional ceramic mug before it sells out. Regardless if Discovery Channel brings him back or not, I feel this will not be the last we will hear of Bear Grylls.