The NBC survivalist series Running Wild with Bear Grylls has had some pretty epic guest stars in the past, but none as monumental as this. Sitting President Barack Obama has confirmed he will go on a journey with Bear Grylls, and it promises to be one of the highest rated episodes in the series' history. It is sure to give new definition to can't-miss TV.
Barack Obama will shoot his episode later this year. His sojourn will see him trekking alongside Bear Grylls through the Alaskan wilderness, as we get to watch the POTUS' survivalist instincts kick into gear. His appearance on the show isn't just for fun, there is an agenda. President Obama will be showing up to observe the effects of climate change on the area, and share that information with his country first hand.
Along the way, Bear Grylls will be putting Barack Obama through some of the rigorous exorcises and survival techniques that he's employed since the series began in 2014. Over the course of two seasons, quite a few celebrities have been tasked with chores that are both psychically taxing and just down right disgusting. Obama will be the first U.S. President Bear Grylls has had on his show. And it's the first show of this type to ever host a sitting President.
Earlier this summer, we saw Michelle Rodriguez eat a mouse soaked in her own urine. Will Barack Obama be faced with a similar task? It's doubtful that he'll be forced to endure some of the more obnoxious challenges that have played out. But then again, Barack Obama is the type of strong personality that might not back down from, and will even ask for, some heavy lifting. Which can only help make for great TV.
Barack Obama is set to sail to the Arctic this week, making him the first sitting President to ever do so. This, combined with his trip fro Alaska, is meant to spark a bigger climate control conversation across the nation. He will be addressing aspects such as wildfires and the melting of glaciers. And he will explain how the government can better assist in the preparation of such events. In a more controversial move, Barack Obama is also changing the name of the U.S.'s tallest mountain from Mt. McKinley to Denali. This is what the indigenous population of the area have been calling it before the first immigrants arrived on American shores.
The Barack Obama episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls doesn't have an air date. It will likely be part of Season 3. While this is the first survivalist show that Barack Obama has partaken in, he's no stranger to TV. He's made numerous talk show appearances, showing up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Daily Show and more. He made entertainment headlines earlier this year when he agreed to appear on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. The difference here is that he is actively participating in a reality challenge, which will be unique. An all-new episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls airs tonight with guest star Michael B. Jordan, who can probably survive anything after all the Fantastic Four backlash.