Bear Grylls is a Fake

2007 July 26
by CajoleJuice

New York Times article

I’m a bit disappointed, but not all that surprised. Although, Justin was probably more cynical than me when we were first exposed to Man vs. Wild via Bachy’s shed. But while watching it more and more, Justin’s admiration of Bear grew to mancrush proportions. Now his faith in everything has been shaken. It’s like when I found out Catherine Bell was a Scientologist.

Bear is still a world-class badass, but it’s just not cool that Man vs. Wild isn’t quite what it has claimed to be. Survivorman is apparently the only real deal out there. I’ve never watched it, but I know it’s some Canadian dude named Les who basically lies around as much as possible for 7 days – but he doesn’t have a camera crew supporting him. In fact, he carries around his own bunch of cameras, making his job of surviving only tougher.

For anyone doubting the claims that have been made about Bear sleeping in cabins, having his raft built for him, or having trained horses brought to a field, the nail in the coffin is that Discovery Channel will be airing the show’s existing episodes with disclaimers, explaining that Bear is full of shit. Now this doesn’t take away the fact that Bear is the youngest Briton to climb Everest and come back alive, or that he crossed the North Atlantic with only four other guys, but his badass factor definitely went down a few points. I hate reality TV, but fake reality TV is even worse – and that’s pretty godawful.

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  • Bear is fake

    Bear is a fraud. Check out the bearwiki…

  • sadie

    wowowowowowowo yo bear is my fricken hero he IS NOT FAKE he is way more real than any of u who think he is fake no one doubts bear grylls he fricken rules

  • Brooke

    Bear is sooooo NOT a fake! And don’t you compare him to that canadian fag! Everyone who thinks Bear is fake can kiss my ass

  • http://- Luis

    People are so into reality TV crap, that they don’t understand Bear Gryll’s program is meant to teach and not to place this dude into death a death risking scenario, he’s got a family for got sakes. He is only teaching us how to confront and survive any future God for willing life and death experience. that’s the purpose of this program.

  • CajoleJuice

    Then why couldn’t they just state that in the beginning of the show? They didn’t because they knew the illusion of actual danger is a rating-grabber. Now that people found out the truth, they need to run that disclaimer.

  • Laura

    I love Bear Grylls! And it doesnt bother me at all that his camera men occasionally give him a granola bar or help him build a little tent…he’s still a bad-ass

  • Brandon

    Check out this picture of Bear Grylls…I think that’s about as fucking real as you can get

  • CajoleJuice

    I said he was still a badass.

    It’s just that he’s also a liar.

  • Blake

    Did you not see him EATING a fucking zebra? you guys are fucking ridiculus

  • Bear_rules


  • Mike

    Bear Grylls is the coolest dude on television. He is sooo not fake. You just hate the show so you call him fake

  • Anna

    I love all you people who love bear!! We should start our own fucking website!

  • Bear’s Hot

    Bear is soooo hot! I mean come on, a guy this hot that has his own show? PRICELESS!!! And everyone calling him fake is either gay, or a really gay straight person.

  • CajoleJuice

    Why are almost all these comments made by someone with the same email? Obsess much?

  • doesn’t matter

    he he…yer funny! ya got me!!

  • Brittany

    Bear Grylls is cool…everyone who doesn’t think so is a weenie

  • Rko

    Bear es lo mejor, te aseguro que dices todo esto porke eres un gordo que no tiene otra cosa que hacer que estar criticando todo lo que no puede hacer.

  • Paris

    en inglis porfavor

  • Tyler

    I just bought Bear Grylls’ book…its hella awesome! ya’ll should get it!!!

  • Tyler

    Bear Motha fuckin Grylls!!! C’mon guys!

  • Kolby

    Anyone who has the nerve to call Bear Grylls a fake can jump off the highest fricken cliff they can find. Bear Grylls only recieves support when in life threatening situations. It’s required by health and saftey regulations!!! And he tells people on the show that his crew helps him on certain situations. When season three comes out he will go into more depth about this in the new two-hour episodes. Bear Grylls is my fricking HERO!!!

  • Raziaar

    Brooke — Apaprently Bear himself admitted to being a fake, so maybe he can kiss your ass.

    He obviously agreed to making the changes to the original shows, basically saying all the ways he was helped by crew, which contradicts everything he said previously that the crew was only there to film, and that’s it. Bear Grylls… as much as you may hate it, is a fake when it comes to Man vs Wild.

  • CajoleJuice

    Thank you, sir.

  • Raziaar

    I just want to add something further, in case more people decide to speak up. Bear Gryll has been on interview shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live maintaining the charade that he somehow goes out there and has absolutely no help from the crew, eats nothing that he doesn’t find in the wilderness, and sleeps nowhere else but outside and in the shelters he himself makes. These of course are lies… that he’s claiming OUTSIDE of the show’s environment, trying to maintain the false image that he’s somehow doing all that was claimed in his show. But now we all know he’s lying huh?

  • Bears

    The show is about survival tactics. He was showing how to ride a horse bearback. He failed. Any horse that is out in a wild pasture and isnt used to being ridden without a saddle is close to wild. Motel”s” ? Like every time he stays in a motel. Maybe he was sick once and had to get some real shelter. Its abotu tactics first off. Everyone knows the camera crew was there. Someone taught him to make a raft at some point. Its not all improvised. If you think what your watching on TV is not a TV show maybe you should get your head checked. “Full of shit”? He squeezed water out of elephant dung into his mouth!

  • Raziaar

    He also ate steak from an animal skin…

  • CajoleJuice

    Bears, the fact that he slept in a motel or got help from some other guys with building a raft isn’t the crux of my argument here. It’s the fact that he lied about the show, and apparently continues to lie according to Raziaar.

  • CK1

    The guy eats magets out of a dead animals chest cavity. He bites into the belly of a live salmo and drinks his own piss. Whoever the clown is that says he a fake is friggin high. Smoke another one a-hole.

  • Raziaar

    Drinking his own urine was about one of the stupidest pieces of survival advice he could give to people. All survival manuals and experts pretty much say it is a rule that you should NEVER EVER drink your own urine as is. You need to do for example, what Les Stroud has done and make a urine still.

    To the above poster, you think all that stuff makes him the real deal even in the light of all the stuff he’s had help with and done that is contrary to his original mission statement?

    Big whoop… he eats maggots, chews into a live salmon(raw fish is something eaten all over the world). Sounds like your run of the mill Fear Factor contestant to me. Doing disgusting things doesn’t make somebody more legitimate.

  • BEAR

    Raziaar, F U.

  • stephy

    Who the hell is Raziaar? You sound like a fucking idiot get a life douche

  • Bear’s my hubby

    Ok…even if your gonna be all retarded and say bear’s a fake…you just can’t deny the fact that he’s just about the hottest thing EVER!!!

  • Raziaar

    Right, right. In the face of adversity, insult your opponent. Works every time!

    You people seem to have issue with the fact that I criticize Bear’s portrayal and actions on Man VS Wild, believing it to be an insult on everything he does.

    Simply not the case people.

  • CajoleJuice

    I bow to Raziaar for fighting the good fight.

  • Terrell

    psh! man! raziaar is a flamin fag-ass homo. He got no idea what he’s fuckin talkin bout…Bear’s da shit

  • Tyler

    C’mon people Man vs. Wild is an entertaining show who cares if Bear’s got a few people watchin his back? Think about your favorite movie just for a sec…they don’t pause it every 2 mins to say: Now, at this part of the movie, it only looks like Mel Gibson died…but he really didn’t…his head didn’t really get chopped off. Oh yah and he didn’t kill 40,000 english people either…cuz that was all fake and you can’t really put that shit on tv. TV shows are meant to entertain you, not to give you something to watch and criticize how unrealistic it is. And to everyone that says that Bear Grylls is a liar…what exactly did he lie about? He NEVER said that he was in any danger of dying, cuz that’s kinda, ya know just a little bit against those safety regulations that he kinda HAS to follow in order to keep his show…so what the hell people? what’s it gonna take to make you all happy huh?

  • orangejuice

    I bow to Tyler for fighting the good fight.

  • Micale

    Who caught the new episode of Man vs. Wild tonight??
    It was off the chain!! ya’ll missed OUT!!

  • Nataliee

    Bear Gylls=awesome

  • Kelsey

    i heart bear! he’s the most awesomest dude ever! and his show’s purdy legit!!

  • Olivia Blankenship

    Bear is Awesome! He is not a fake! Even if he does sleep in cabins, has his rafts built for him, and has trained horses (which I still dont think is true.) He still teaches you how to survive out in the wild, and what is okay to eat, what is not okay, what to stay away from, what to look for etc…. Bear is Awesome, and very hot!

  • hes not a fucking fake

    bear is a fucking fake he jumped into a pool of muther fucking dick sucking quick sand. he got out him self ha ha ah fuck you guys

  • hes not a fucking fake

    i meant he isnt a fucking fake so still fuck you guys

  • Raziaar

    What’s your point? Quicksand isn’t deadly. It doesn’t suck you down in it like in Hollywood. You’re incredibly buoyant in quicksand and the real danger comes if you’re stuck there unable to get yourself out for days and die from lack of water/starvation. That’s how animals have died in it, and that’s how humans who have been alone died from it.

    He wasn’t in any sort of danger whatsoever in that quicksand, especially considering he has an army of cameramen and others with him.

  • Brooke

    you apparently know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING and you have nothing better to do with your life than bash my boy bear so…maybe you should have your own show…oh yah…FUCK YOU ASSHOLE

  • Raziaar

    That’s because I’m God. And you’re apparently having your period. Want some cranberry juice?

  • Brooke

    how original and has absolutely nothing to do with what we’re argueing about…are you done being ignorant? do i win? its about time you realize that you’re a complete moron

  • Raziaar

    Now that’s a severe case of the pot calling the kettle black if I’ve ever seen one.

    If you look above, I am pretty much one of the only people who provided any logical arguments to support my statements. Everybody else, including you, has simply resorted to baseless insults and blind comments like, “Bear Rules, fuck you!”.

    Just look at yourself, at your most recent reply and the one before it. Do you see the hypocrisy in your post? Do you see that you have provided no evidence to counter the claims I have made? My claims are from the word of Discovery and Bear himself, based on past claims of the show, and current ‘disclaimers’ that declare the complete opposite of those previous lies.

    No. You do not win.

  • Brooke

    ok Raziaar you are like so totally pissing me off. It’s like you get so wrapped up in fighting with someone online that you repeat the same things over and over and over and it just pisses other people off. I don’t think this is about bear grylls anymore…I think Raziaar just hates me…even though he has no idea who the fuck I am. For all you kno i could be your mom

  • Raziaar

    I’m not wrapped up with fighting anybody. The world doesn’t revolve around you. My first and only response to you that was made in these blog comments that wasn’t in the form of a response because you directed something at me, was in my first post.

    You think too highly of yourself if you think I’m focused on you. You’re just one of the faceless many that have been making feeble minded insults directed at me because I happen to believe Bear Grylls is a fraud when it comes to Man VS Wild. I merely intend to respond to that which is directed at me.

    Please, if you cannot provide any logical reasonings as to why Bear Grylls doesn’t deserve the criticism he has garnered because of Discovery Channel’s and his claims, don’t post at all. You only end up looking ridiculous. And don’t flatter yourself to think I retain enough feelings for you that I could possibly hate you. I don’t even know you.

    Carry on.