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Mar 14, 2012
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Bear Grylls, the English adventurer best known for his work in the ultra popular survival television series Man vs. Wild, has been fired by Discovery Channel due to an alleged contract dispute. WTH, do they want their network to get mobbed by a youth revolt or something?

The show, which features Grylls being dropped into hostile places with no food and full of wild animals week after week, has enjoyed a seven-season run. Among the things he's done: drink his own urine, wrestle with alligators, consume creepy crawlers and deer droppings, run through a forest fire, among many others. He even had Will Ferell and Jake Gyllenhaal join him in some episodes. And now he's being fired. (For those who are reading about Bear Grylls for the first time, you can watch his nature of work here.)

"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," says Heather Krug, publicist for Grylls. "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."

The U.S. cable network has decided to cease production to all Bear Grylls programs, including the show Worst Case Scenario, in which he also stars. Team Grylls however has since announced their intention to produce "further cutting edge content for his loyal audience."

Bear Grylls is by no means a household name, but he has since gained a massive amount of following not only for his peculiar happiness in survival situations, but also for finding pleasure in eating the nasty. Even Pinoys love him; the Bear-man had an unsolicited cameo in the balls-out funny comic strip Kubori Kikiam, with kikiam lead characters Dodon, Benjo, and Manny attempting to escape his digestive system. Eeew, right?

During an interview with FHM back in 2010, Grylls recalled his own worst case scenario: "I've been mugged before. I've had brake failure before. I've had a lot of climbing, getting rim rocked and stuck on mountains where you can't go up and can't go down. I've had falls, I've had parachute failures. I've been chased by dogs before, which was kind of pretty scary."

Well he's got a new one to cite these days: being unemployed. Fired by the biggest documentary television programming network in the world. Having to tell his son that daddy got laid off. But Bear Grylls is obviously a born survivor. No amount of mud, sweat, and tears will stop the Chief scout from doing what he's superbly good at. We'll wait for your next show, sir. Make damn well sure it reaches the Philippines!

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WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO
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