Wednesday 20 September 2017

Grylls worry over celeb deaths

Bear Grylls: Mission Survive leads a group of celebrities through the rainforest
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive leads a group of celebrities through the rainforest

Bear Grylls has admitted that he had to send home celebrities he thought might die during his new reality show, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.

The adventurer launches his new celebrity survival contest on ITV later this month and told TV Times that he had some pretty basic criteria for who to evict from the Central American rainforest at the end of each episode, with contestants including Jamelia, Laurence Fox, Emilia Fox, Tom Rosenthal, Vogue Williams, Mike Tindall, Dame Kelly Holmes and Max George.

He explained: "They were warned really clearly and strongly at the start that this is NOT I'm A Celebrity.

"We said, 'You're not going to be sat in a jungle camp with a lot of cameras around, this is going to be a genuine expedition and it's going to be life-changing and there will be pain'."

Bear went on: "On day one a few of the girls turned up with their vanity cases and one of the crew tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'They're dead!' And I told him to hold his judgment because I've learnt not to judge a book by its cover.

"My job was to send home the people I thought, 'Well they're either going to die or get someone else killed!'."

But he said the aim had not been to keep the fittest contestants: "No it wasn't about that. It was about looking for the person with the most heart - I wanted to find a real hero."

Talking more about the dangers the intrepid celebrities faced, Bear said: "Scorpions, massive snakes and we had crocodiles to deal with. There were also steep slopes, big jungle rapids, rivers, cliffs, gorges and mosquitoes the size of your thumb - I think a lot of the guys were shocked."

He added that the perils of the show had been completely real: "One of the girls nearly drowned and one of the guys had to be hospitalised after he got hit hard in the head and had a massive sort of gash."

Press Association

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