It was only a matter of time, there can, after all, only be one. The true survivial King has stepped up and laid into the pretender to his throne.
Ray Mears pulled no punches as he ripped into Bear Grylls saying:
“Do I look for tips from Bear Grylls? Yes – on how not to make television programmes! As far as I’m concerned, these people are just showmen. I think the viewer knows that if you want to really know how to take care of yourself in the wild, I’m the person to talk to. I welcome competition, but I want to see real experts, not boy scouts pretending to be.”
Harsh words from Mears but he has got a point, Mears has been on TV for years and has never really had any competition. Even Grylls was quickly exposed as a fraud. A word that Mears avoided using but his point was well made. Mears is the expert in his field, and watching someone like Grylls just confirms that.
I really can’t see there being another series of Born Survivor, the whole programme becomes pointless when the voice over informs you that although he spent time building the shelter, Grylls actually spent the night with the crew, i.e. in a hotel.
Grylls may very well still have a decent career, just not as a TV survival expert.