Bear Grylls booted from Discovery Channel

Taylor Bigler Entertainment Editor
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Bear Grylls can escape just about anything — except a contract.

“Due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls,” a Discovery Channel representative told The Hollywood Reporter, “Discovery has terminated all current productions with him.”

Grylls apparently refused to participate in two unnamed projects with the network, despite those projects being in his contract.

The British adventurer became an international sensation when “Man vs. Wild” debuted on the Discovery Channel in 2006.

The series chronicled the former Special Air Service member as he braved his way through treacherous climates and circumstances, supposedly surviving on nothing except for what he found in the wild.

In 2007, the show was suspended after it was discovered that Grylls and his crew frequently stayed in hotels, rather than solely survive in the wild as the show depicted. After the scandal, Grylls frequently addressed the camera crew and each season featured a making-of episode.

“Man vs. Wild” depicted Grylls performing a series of totally awesome stunts, including: wrestling alligators, drinking liquid from elephant dung for hydration, running through a forest fire, parachuting from helicopters and airplanes, and utilizing sheep carcasses for warmth.

Grylls’ rugged activities catapulted him to international stardom and mega-wealth. He has penned a dozen books, mostly survival guides, he has endorsement deals with Degree deodorant and Dockers clothing, a video game, an iPhone application and a clothing line sold at Wal-Mart and REI.

His memoir, “Mud, Sweat and Tears,” will be published in the U.S. in May. It is already a best seller in England and Australia.

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