Man vs. Wild Star Apologizes for Staged Show
03/20/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls has apologized for staging aspects of his hit survivalist show. For the series, the British-born Grylls was supposedly abandoned in the wild and left to fend for himself. But a program consultant revealed last year that, during one Hawaii shoot, he stayed in a motel.
"If felt misled on how the first series was represented, I'm really sorry for that," Grylls, 33, told the BBC. "I'm the one who takes the rap for these things, even though I'm not always involved in the editing side of it."
Reality is "much less exciting" than the version presented on screen, Grylls, whose show is known as Born Survivor in the U.K., admitted.
And the hotels? Grylls insisted he was still roughing it. "The hotel can be four walls but not a roof, or a roof with no walls," he maintained.
The Discovery Channel admitted "isolated elements" were not "natural to the environment," and promised greater clarity in future. --Caris Davis
Juliet Wide and Alexis Giradet/Courtesy of Discovery Channel