The Real Reason Fear Factor Was Canceled

The Real Reason Fear Factor Was Canceled


Would you be willing to confront your deepest,
darkest fear for the right price? $50,000, to be exact? That was the promising premise of the original
Fear Factor, a show that demonstrated how some folks will do anything to win a bit of
extra cash. While Fear Factor isn’t a show that anyone
would mistake for Prestige TV, it was certainly entertaining … particularly if you like
watching people eat superworms. “You must consume the five earthworms and
the one superworm. You must chew them. You cannot swallow them whole.” The show originally ran between 2001 and 2006
on NBC before a plunge in ratings led to its cancellation. Then it was unexpectedly brought back to life
in 2011, enticing viewers with the promise of “even bigger stunts.” Unfortunately, one of those stunts was perhaps
a little too out there. In fact, it could safely be labelled “disgusting.” This particular challenge occurred in an episode
titled “Hee Haw! Hee Haw!” … and it’s very likely the reason
Fear Factor was abruptly canceled a second time. The episode never aired in America, and there’s
a very good reason for that. This is some truly nauseating content. The contestants in this case were three sets
of twins — and the challenge involved gulping down a bunch of fluid… which the show coyly
called, quote, “donkey juice.” These were two different bodily fluids — one
yellow, one white — that both came out of a living, breathing, presumably mortified
male donkey. How much of the stuff did they need to swallow? Well, that pesky detail was decided through
an impromptu game of horseshoes. As In Touch Weekly reports, “The number the horseshoe landed on became
the amount of donkey [juice] they had to drink (in ounces).” “Watch out!” “Oooh… Twenty-four ounces.” Impressively, one member of each team did
indeed guzzle down the “donkey juice” and lived to tell the tale. Unfortunately, Fear Factor didn’t fare quite
so well. On January 30th, 2012, Deadline published
a story that strongly suggested the writing was on the wall. On January 31st, 2012, Bob Greenblatt —then
the entertainment chairman of NBC — released a statement to TMZ that read: “I reviewed the episode late last week and
decided it was a segment we should not air.” Perhaps not coincidentally, twin sisters Brynne
and Claire Odioso opened up about their ordeal in an interview with The Cowhead Show on that
exact same day. “Wow, yeah, I’d say it was the hardest fifteen
minutes of my life.” Elsewhere in the interview, the sisters really
get into the nitty-gritty. “Um, if you vomited, you would have to start
over.” “Ohhhhh!” “So what I ended up just doing was just vomiting
in my glass and just drank that.” Later on, one of the Odioso sisters revealed, “The cameramen were vomiting.” By May 2012, it was official. Despite its impressive ratings, Fear Factor
had been cancelled once again. The controversial episode did eventually air
in Denmark in June 2012, but as far as American TV was concerned, Fear Factor was finished. “Whoa, she’s going under!” “My god!” But much like Robert DeNiro’s character at
the end of Cape Fear, Fear Factor simply refused to die. In 2017, the squirm-inducing show returned
from the grave once more – this time on MTV. “My strategy is to just try to be as calm
as possible.” The third incarnation of the show is hosted
by Chris Bridges, otherwise known as Ludacris. The concept remains more or less the same,
but MTV may be playing it a bit safer this time around … not that there’s anything
“safe” about being buried alive in wet cement. Contestants are still giving it their all:
Getting down and dirty with rats, thrashing around with slithering snakes, and enduing…
whatever fresh hell this happens to be. Much like previous versions of Fear Factor,
each episode is divided into three equally upsetting parts. First comes “Beat the Beast,” in which participants
face off with various creepy-crawlies. The next round is “Face Your Fear,” which
finds contestants confronting something that frightens them to their very core. As Ludacris explained to GQ, “We study what they’re really scared of, and
try to cater to their worst fears for what they’re going to do, challenge-wise. It’s not mean-spirited, but it’s fun. And definitely scary.” The “Final Fear” usually involves some intense
physical challenge… and whoever wins “Final Fear” finally gets that $50,000 prize. We gotta say, all these stunts looks positively
peachy when compared to guzzling down several ounces of … you know. It seems for most viewers, the only thing
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27 thoughts on “The Real Reason Fear Factor Was Canceled”

  1. Ooohoh well that was truly disgusting !! It used to be one of my favorite shows to watch. No way in heck I would be able to go through it. 😱👍😀

  2. The reason the OG Fear Factor was so successful is because it was a game show but with a major twist. Didn't have to answer questions or do simple stunts or whatever. OG Fear Factor was a game show that went from 10 to breaking the fuckin dial off, but I didn't agree with a lot of the "you have to consume this or that" to advance. One thing contestants had to do in the OG was eat bull testicles. That was vomit-inducing but made it on network TV.

  3. Interestingly, in pretty much any context anywhere else this would be called torture and get you tossed in jail for being a psychopath

  4. I was never really into the show, but I quit it entirely after a segment where the contestants had to crawl through a sewage pipe, with no lights, collecting dead skunks.

  5. I feel like vomiting just listening to the ‘donkey juice ‘ bit….totally revolting.
    Not for any amount of $$$. No freaking way.
    I’d have to spend it all on psychiatric treatment to get over it anyways lol

  6. Joe rogan days were models in bikini most episodes he was lame host and loser,. I only saw those for boobies., ludacris was better host and had better challenges,

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