Have we seen the last of Man Vs. Wild? A report by EW.com would seem to suggest that we have. While the show itself hasn't been publicly canceled as of yet, a network rep issued this statement concerning the future business relationship (or lack thereof) between The Discovery Channel and Bear Grylls - "Due to a continuing contractual dispute, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him." That would seem to be pretty cut and dry.
It has been previously speculated that the Grylls departure is the direct result of his failure to participate in two projects for which he was contracted. The names and premises of the particular projects in this question are currently unknown. This part of the story has yet to be officially confirmed by the network, but it has been floated by such reputable sources such as The Hollywood Reporter.
A representative for the Bear Grylls camp issued the following statement on the matter: "Bear’s goal has always been to make life-empowering shows for his many fans around the globe, and he has taken great risks to bring Discovery such award-winning programming over seven seasons. Unfortunately, Bear and Discovery have not been able to come to mutual agreement on new programming, and he disagrees with Discovery’s decision to terminate current productions. Bear has loved the Man vs. Wild journey and looks forward to producing further cutting edge content again soon for his loyal audience."
Grylls himself is currently in Norway for performances of his live stage show. He did tweet the following message to his fans - "Thank you fans for your support!! Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. #TEAMBG".
Will you miss Man Vs. Wild and the further adventures of TV's craziest survivalist? Or do you think it's good riddance to bad rubbish?