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.
#EatenAlive is about a guy saying he wants to be eaten by an anaconda and cancels when he gets eaten by an anaconda. LOL @PaulRosolie— Martin Médus (@MartinMedus) December 8, 2014
@PaulRosolie didn't need an anaconda. He's getting #EatenAlive quite well by the Twitter universe.— Bernie Delinski (@TD_BDelinski) December 8, 2014
What did you think of the Eaten Alive animal stunt being cut short?
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