In the otherwise tranquil world of nature shows, a war has erupted between UK’s David Attenborough and his Northern-Irish colleague Bear Grylls. The 91-year-old BBC legend slammed Bear Grylls for letting contestants slaughter animals on his show simply for the sake of entertainment.
The Blue Planet presenter Mr Attenborough said: “We’ve never killed an animal. Bear Grylls will have to answer for himself.
“But I wouldn’t willingly kill an animal just to get a shot.”
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In the most recent series, “The Island with Bear Grylls,” contestants could be seen slaughtering caiman crocodiles, pigs and turkeys, to the disgust of many viewers.
Grylls, the SAS trained survival man, is no stranger to scandals. Back in 2007, when his fame began to rise presenting Ultimate Survival on the Discovery Channel, he was caught sleeping in luxury hotels whilst claiming in his series to be surviving in nature.
In an episode filmed in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, he was shown biting off the head of a snake for breakfast and boasting that he was living on 'just a water bottle, a cup and a flint for making fire'.
In reality, he spent the nights in the Pines Resort hotel at Bass Lake, where the rooms have Internet access and are advertised as 'a cosy getaway for families' complete with blueberry pancakes for breakfast.
And in 2014, Channel 4s ‘The Island with Bear Grylls’ was also mired in scandal when it emerged that four out of the thirteen survivalists stuck on a remote island with Mr Grylls were actually trained survivalists who had worked with him many times before.