Bear Grylls has found himself thrust into the televisual wilderness after being sacked from his U.S. TV show.
The backpacking bad ass was dumped over a âcontractual disputeâ? with the Discovery Channel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A source said: “Due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him”.
It is thought that the survival star was had refused to take part in two âmysteryâ? shows which he had been contracted for by the channel.
The Discovery Channel said: “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.”
Former SAS soldier (and Chief Scout) Grylls became a huge star in America in his Man vs Wild show. Broadcast in the UK as Bear Grylls: Born Survivor, the show had seen him teaming up with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal to explore remote destinations and had been broadcast in over 200 countries.
Back in 2007, the show was struck by controversy after it was revealed that Grylls spent some of his âsurvivalâ? time kipping in hotels.
Episodes saw Grylls parachuted into jungles and deserts, requiring him to eat snakes and sleep in holes to avoid certain deathâ¦but UK broadcaster Channel 4 refuted claims that the show set out to be “an observational documentary series.â?
Responding to the todayâs glum news for Bear, his representative Heather Krug said: “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.
“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.
“Bear has loved the Man Vs. Wild journey and looks forward to producing further cutting edge content again soon for his loyal audience”.