Biggest TV Letdown Ever? 'Eaten Alive' Star Backs Out of Snake Stunt

by Jackie Willis 2:52 PM PST, December 08, 2014
Playing Biggest TV Letdown Ever? 'Eaten Alive' Star Backs Out of Snake Stunt

Discovery's Eaten Alive was to have naturalist Paul Rosolie consumed by an enormous anaconda snake, but to the disappointment of viewers, that was not the case.

Twitter erupted with messages calling the Eaten Alive two-hour special on Sunday a huge TV letdown when Rosolie -- who was wearing a protective outfit (doused in pig's blood) that he claimed would keep him alive when the anaconda ate him -- bailed out of the stunt after only having his head swallowed up by the 24-foot animal while in the Amazon. "The Amazon is the greatest natural battlefield on Earth," he said at the beginning of the special. "Everything, from the biggest tree to the smallest ant, is going to be eaten."

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"I'm calling it, I need help!" he screamed. Rosolie did not attempt to be consumed again and the snake was released back into the wild.

"I felt her jaws lock onto my helmet. I felt her gurgling and wheezing, but then I felt her let go. She got my arm into a position where her force was fully on my exposed arm. I started to feel the blood drain out of my hand and I felt the bone flex," he explained. "And when I got to the point where I felt like it was going to snap I had to tap out."

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Twitter didn't let Rosolie get away with this, many comparing the stunt to the 1986 special The Mysteries of Al Capone's Vault -- presented by Geraldo Rivera -- which revealed the vault only having a few empty Coke bottles and a lot of dust.

What did you think of the Eaten Alive animal stunt being cut short?

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