As long as there are desperate people looking to get their 15 minutes .....then reality shows will remain .....that's simple ......i never saw anything wrong with fear factor .....i am sure they were well warned ........but you know how people are ........
David Hurwitz remembers the exact moment he knew his name would be enshrined in the annals of television notoriety. The year was 2001, and he and his creative collaborator, Matt Kunitz, were watching a woman drink worms out of a martini glass on the set of their NBC reality show Fear Factor. “I think the glass had, like, three earthworms and a silkworm in it,” the producer tells Yahoo Entertainment now. “We watched her try to drink them, and then her gag reflex kicked in. We looked at each other and went, ‘We’re going to hell.’”
Where the duo actually went was to the top of the Nielsen charts. When Fear Factor — hosted by podcast king Joe Rogan — premiered on June 11, 2001, the series was an instant success story, giving NBC a reality franchise that could compete with hits like Survivor and Big Brother on CBS. "Everyone was saying, ‘All the networks are looking for the next Survivor,” recalls Kunitz, who had gotten his start working on such pioneering MTV reality fare as The Real World and the inaugural Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
"At the time, it was really just Survivor and Big Brother,” agrees Hurwitz, whose early reality credits included The Man Show and Before They Were Stars. "There was no such thing at NBC