The Sun reports:
SURVIVAL expert Bear Grylls faked a bear attack by getting a colleague to dress up as one in fancy dress, it was claimed yeterday.
The star of TV’s Born Survivor [US title: Man vs. Wild] was filmed creeping out of a tent in a bear-infested forest, nervously looking at a shadow moving a few yards away.
Back inside shelter Grylls, 33, says: “It might well have moved away, but sure as hell it knows I’m here.”
But an adviser for the Discovery Channel documentary, shown on Channel 4 last year, claimed the sinister shadow was a fake.
Ron Hood said programme makers asked him to find a bear suit when plans to hire a tame grizzly for the shot fell through.
Mr Hood added: “They decided they wanted to somehow dramatise the attack on the shelter.”
A Discovery spokesman insisted that the pantomime outfit was hired as a prank by the crew — and no footage which included the bear costume was broadcast.
Last week it emerged Grylls does not sleep rough in the woods during episodes of Born Survivor but instead stays in hotels.
Thanks to Pat for alerting me. He and I are hardcore Les Stroud/Survivorman fans and think Bear deserves whatever horrible fallout he gets from all this fakery. Why have a pretend survival show? Oh yah, because everyone loves Survivor (Jeff Probst). I’ve seen probably one whole episode of that and know it’s more real than Man vs. Wild.