As you may have noticed, NBC aired another Fear Factor repeat last night. It replaced an original episode, titled “Hee Haw! Hee Haw!,” which had actually been originally scheduled for January 23rd but was moved because of the GOP debate. NBC later decided to pull it altogether because one of the stunts — involving a team having to ingest donkey semen and urine — was just too much, even for the peacock network.
NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made a statement regarding the schedule change, saying, “I reviewed the episode late last week and decided it was a segment we should not air.” Last night’s episode was the last episode on the schedule until Sunday, February 12th. NBC ordered 10 episodes and has five original installments left.
The fact that NBC has pulled the episode comes as no surprise to host Joe Rogan. He discussed the donkey stunt last month with EW, saying,”It’s so over the top and ridiculous. When they told me, I really thought they were joking at first. I don’t know where the debate is, but NBC is not sure if they’re going to air it.”
Deadline speculates that Fear Factor could be cancelled after the donkey stunt, also citing that Greenblatt wants to rebuild NBC with upscale programming.
Though Greenblatt may not be crazy about the disgusting Fear Factor stunts, it’s highly unlikely that he’s going to turn his nose up at the show’s ratings. Fear Factor is currently the highest-rated non-scripted series on the network, averaging a 2.8 in the demo and 7.02 million viewers.
It’s the second-highest rated show of the season on the network overall, easily beating supposed hits like Up All Night, Whitney, and Law & Order: SVU.
Love it or hate it, NBC has little choice but to stick with Fear Factor — at least for now.
What do you think? Should Fear Factor be cancelled after this stunt or is it just “par for the course?”
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What’s the big deal? Contestants have shallowed far worse on this show. The only disgusting thing is how they get it out of the donkey. Isn’t donkey molestation a crime?
Cancel this show ,most human degrading show
I think that they should put fear factor back but think about the challenges that the contestants would do. I think that drinking donkey urine and ***** is OVER the top. Whoever thought of that idea should drink donkey urine and *****. Actually, I would join even but the donkey urine and *****? Seriously. And I thought my 8th grade class was immature. But reading that Fear Factor made girls drink urine and ***** shows an example of adults being as stupid as 2nd graders
BRING FEAR FACTOR BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
🙁 i want fear factor to come back on its one of the best shows im rele upset. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!
I LOVE Fear Factor and I’m so upset they only aired a few episodes since it’s returned. 🙁 FEAR FACTOR—COME BACK!! 🙂