It was reported in the UK’s Sunday Times that Bear Grylls, the star of the Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild television show (aka Born Survivor in the UK), stayed in hotels and at times slept in a camp with the crew without disclosing this to the audience. The story prompted the Discovery Channel to issue a statement in the Hollywood Reporter that read:

Discovery Communications has learned that isolated elements of the ‘Man vs. Wild’ show in some episodes were not natural to the environment, and that for health and safety concerns the crew and host received some survival assistance while in the field. …Moving forward, the program will be 100% transparent and all elements of the filming will be explained upfront to our viewers. In addition, shows that are to be repeated will be edited appropriately. Bear Grylls is a world-class adventurer and a terrific talent.

I now have to disclose that my man-crush on Bear is *sigh* officially over.

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