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In An Effort to Boost Ratings, NBC’s Bear Grylls Pushes Tom Arnold Off Cliff

by Andy Marx & Will McArdle

Dozens of Tom Arnold fans are mourning the Razzie Award-winning actor’s tragic passing following his death at the hands of legendary adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls who pushed the “True Lies” star off a cliff in the Colorado Rockies during the filming of Arnold’s appearance on the NBC reality series, “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” Grylls immediately denied rumors that he was paid by Arnold’s ex-wife and fellow NBC reality star, Roseanne Barr, to kill Arnold and he was simply trying to boost his show’s ratings to guarantee a second season.

“I was only trying to give America something they wanted to see,” Grylls told Hollywood & Swine. “Somehow my show went from me hanging out in the wild with A-list actors like Zac Efron, Ben Stiller and Channing Tatum to me being stuck out in the wilderness with the star of ‘Soul Plane.’ I couldn’t listen to him ramble on any longer about Rick Moranis’ whacky antics on the set of their 1996 comedy ‘Big Bully,’ so I shoved him off the cliff. Besides, by looking at the surprising longevity of Tom Arnold’s career, I figured the guy always landed on his feet. This time he didn’t.”

Authorities in Colorado have decided not to press charges against Grylls for what they’re labeling as show business euthanasia on Tom Arnold. NBC issued a statement of support for Grylls and announced they will air the demise of Arnold on a special two-hour episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”

“Many viewers may be surprised that we’re airing Tom Arnold’s death,” an NBC spokesperson said. “But as ‘Guys with Kids’ proved, here at NBC, we’ll put anything on the air.”