The claws are out in Discovery’s tangle with a Bear.
The source of contention is that Grylls, one of Discovery’s biggest stars, has allegedly refused to participate in two unannounced projects he is contractually obligated to do, sources say. There is no comment from the 37-year-old British TV personality at this time.
“Due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him,” a network spokesperson tells THR.
“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, tells People. “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,” she continues.
“Bear has loved the Man vs. Wild journey and looks forward to producing further cutting edge content again soon for his loyal audience.”
Filming on the sixth season of Grylls’ “Man vs. Wild” wrapped last August. The popular extreme adventure series, which has featured “Wild” times with such famous folks as Jake Gyllenhaal and Will Ferrell, averaged 1.1 million viewers last season. It launched on Discovery in 2006.
If this seems like deja vu, we have seen a similar situation at this network before.
In 2010, the Discovery Channel sued two “Deadliest Catch” fisherman for breach of contract, after Time Bandit Captains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand failed to film a potential spin-off series. The $3 million suit, which the brothers called at the time “an astonishing and shameful instance of arrogance and greed run amok,” was later dropped, but not before the Hillstrands and fellow Captain Sig Hansen quit the show for a month before returning to work.
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