Sunday 18 August 2019

Bear Grylls on Courtney Cox: 'She was bedraggled living off maggots in County Kerry'

Courteney Cox and Bear Grylls/Photo: Twitter/ @BearGrylls
Courteney Cox and Bear Grylls/Photo: Twitter/ @BearGrylls

Sean O'Grady

Bear Grylls has said Friends star Courteney Cox suffered some unsavoury after-effects following her survival TV challenge in Kerry.

The actress (52), who is back dating Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, joined the adventurer for his hit TV series Running Wild in which they braved the elements of the south-west.

Grylls said Cox was none too impressed when she had to eat a scrotum full of maggots after they found a sheep carcass.

"She was bedraggled. She was living off maggots from testicle sacks," he told the Herald.

"She had tears pouring down her cheeks and I said, 'Welcome to Ireland, this is what it's like'.

"She emailed me since and I think she's got a bit of post-traumatic stress going on.

"I found this rotting sheep carcass and I thought, 'Oh, good, I can give her some lamb'. I stuck the knife in and maggots exploded out. The blood drained from her face."


However, Grylls, who was born in Donaghadee, Co Down, insisted the Cougar Town star faced the challenge like a true professional.

"She was a great girl. She was incredibly honest and you see a beautiful side of her - she was an amazing guest," he said.

Grylls said Cox was surprised by how many guests were brought to tears on his show.

"She started off saying, 'I can never understand why the female guests on your show cry', and I said, 'Well, you know, it's an honest journey for people," he said.

"It's quite moving, actually. It takes people to the edge."

The 42-year-old adventurer is bringing his arena tour Endeavour to Dublin's 3Arena and has promised a spectacular show for his Irish fans.

It arrives in the capital on Wednesday, October 19.

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