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    I like him, not the show though. T.V. can make anyone look stupid imho.

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    Love or hate the guy. He is very big into the scouts in the UK and got kids off their assess.

    Discovery had plenty to do with what he did on tv.

    Real survival is boring and sucks. That doesn't bring in viewers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vermillion8604 View Post
    That will most likely never happen... Ray doesn't like bear at all and wouldn't be caught dead doing anything with someone who eats crap and drinks pee for money.
    +1 Ray is just on a whole different level than Bear. I've spent hours watching his stuff on YT and he keeps it real. The thing I like best is that he is more along the lines of living in a sustainable way in the "bush," using knowledge and skills to his advantage. This contrasts greatly to Bear (via Discovery Channel) who is all about extreme survival. Although, I think it will be a true judgment of character with regards to Bear's next move...
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    Let's hope he doesn't piss away all the money he made.

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    Wow, the gurus are dropping like flies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeneyguy View Post
    Love or hate the guy. He is very big into the scouts in the UK and got kids off their assess.

    Discovery had plenty to do with what he did on tv.

    Real survival is boring and sucks. That doesn't bring in viewers.
    Yep.

    I don't care for the show, but I'm a bushcraft nerd who spends most of his days hanging around here or out in the woods applying skills. I would actually find it interesting to watch someone break out their PSK to hunker down, build a shelter, signal for rescue etc. Your typical US audience would find that really uneventful and boring.

    I'm not a Bear Grylls fan, but I don't think it's necessary to gloat over the end of his contract or wish him ill will, either. I hope he has continued success in future endeavors and I'm grateful for the positives Man vs. Wild and Bear brought. For all its faults, the show got many people interested in survival, primitive skills, bushcraft and the outdoors and as Sweeney mentioned encouraged the growth of Scouting and got kids off the couch and into the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J View Post
    Wow, the gurus are dropping like flies.
    Who else recently dropped?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keyser Söze View Post
    with 50 millions in my account...i would retire to ...
    Yep, ol' Bear has what is known in show business as "F... You!" money. So now he can't be pushed into doing something he doesn't want to do.

    His show was show business entertainment for the masses, who, unlike people on these survival/prepardness sites, hadn't a clue about outdoor "survival. So they watched and were entertained, or at times, repulsed by his "eating habits." Nevertheless, with the format, Bear was very successful.

    We see some of the same outlandish exploits in Canterbury/Lundin shows, and the various teeeveee reality "survivor" shows. It's all about "entertainment," not about "Here is the proper way to build a fire," or "Here's the proper way to build a shelter," or "whittle a stick," etc.

    I say take it for how it's intended: show business entertainment.

    BTW, Bear'll be back in some format or another, count on it.

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    OP: "A rep for Discovery tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him."
    Sources tell THR, the relationship came to a screeching halt after 37-year-old Grylls refused to participate in two mystery projects he was contracted for."

    I never cared for the MvW TV show, too much dramatic BS and things that are just wrong from a real survival viewpoint, but that's mostly because of what the producers and directors required Grylls to do. I don't know much about him personally, but I recall a lot of critical things being posted on Ron Hood's "Hoodswoods" forum, and finally Ron posted a reply to the effect that he knew Grylls personally and respected and admired him for his skills and ability in the wild, and that he could not fault him for finding a way to make a living with the skill set he had.
    Now, it seems, there are limits to what Grylls will do. Good on him. I hope he has success in whatever he does next.

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    In way I say good for Bear. He has his name out there and can now go about proving he knows what he's talking about. (not saying he does or doesn't know anything)

    But, show's like his have done wonders for bring new fresh ideas and people into the bushcraft world. And the more that get interested in the outdoors the better I say.
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