Now comes your first look at Obama’s episode. The clip below shows him taking a bite of a piece of salmon previously chewed on by a bear and being not too thrilled to learn this information from the show’s host.
“The fact that he told me that this was a leftover fish from a bear, I don’t know if that was necessary. He could have just left that out,” President Obama said.
According to the press release, Obama “will become the first U.S. president to receive a crash course in survival techniques from Bear Grylls.”
Last Tuesday, the two hiked along the Exit Glacier, a south Alaskan river of ice that has shrunk by 1.25 miles in recent decades. According to the White House press secretary, the results promise to be “interesting”.
“We like survival-type shows, whether it’s Batman fighting a villain or Bear fighting nature,” said Marc Berman, editor-in-chief of the TV Media Insights website and a member of the American Television Critics Association. Speaking of Grylls, Marc said: “He’s a young guy, he’s personable, there’s something very appealing about him. Hell, I wish I was him. I don’t want to be myself, sat in an office. I want to be 35, jumping off a cliff! He’s a hero and over here we like heroic tales.”
According to The Guardian, NBC has now commissioned three new programs from Grylls, including “The Island,” a reality show featuring 14 contestants struggling to survive without modern amenities.
Obama’s appearance on the series will certainly heighten Grylls’s brand awareness. The Bear Grylls Survival Academy, which offers a range of courses teaching self-rescue skills to the public, operates in several parts of America, as well as the UK, Australia and Zimbabwe. Additionally, a Bear Grylls line of survival tools can be purchased in Wal-Mart.
While there’s no air date just yet for Obama’s episode, “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” will air later this year on the NBC network.
Check out preview of Obama’s episode below: